Robert E Lee, slavery, and 1859: The Spring of his Discontent

8,487 words | Read time: 20 minutes Gen. Robert E. Lee and confederate statues are back…

Case Study Part 2: Attempting to break through Thomas “The Immigrant” Christian’s brick wall

This case study is a continuation from Research case study: My lost connection to Thomas “The…

Research case study: My lost connection to Thomas “The Immigrant” Christian of Charles City County, Virginia

If you have been a regular follower of my recent genealogy adventures, you will know the…

Book review: Jefferson’s Daughters

I’ve just finished my second reading of Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison. I have to say…

Piecing together enslaved family relations at Monticello

I have spent the past few months doing a deep dive into the early colonial enslavement…

Cuffy Pleasants: A journey from slavery to freedom in 1772

An essential aspect of genealogy is the acceptance, more than understanding, that the ancestors will not…

Ghosts in the DNA: The lost diversity of early colonial Virginia

Nestled along the James River, Varina is a remote and quiet part of Virginia. Its vast…

1845 Will of Col. William Bolling (1777-1845), Goochland County, Virginia

Fellow genealogists will understand the pain of trying to find a critical document in order to…

Me, Virginia Historical Society’s ‘Unknown No Longer’ website…and a question answered

There is a growing wealth of information regarding enslaved people (EPs) in America for genealogists who…

GA Live S01 E03: Freedmen’s Bureau Work Contracts

Freedmen Bureau records are a critical resource for African American genealogical research. It would have been…