The Sheffey Family Tree Part 2: Godfrey Taylor Sheffey

This family tree is an example of one of the “orphan” branches I’ve been trying to…

The Roane Family Tree: Virginia

I’m posting the Roane Family Tree for the African American side of the family. I would…

The Roanes & The Sheffey: 2 prominent Virginian families

Publications like The William and Mary Quarterly offer brilliant insights into the prominent families of Virginia. …

A 1920s Diaspora

One of my abilities, something I have developed during the course of my professional life is…

Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb.

The Library of Virginia has an extensive digital collection.  This is a collection of documents that…

Pushing the clock back for your slave ancestors

Your search for African American ancestors needn’t end at 1860 or 1850.  Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have…

Taking those first few steps

Every adventure begins with the first step.  I’d taken mine when I’d started tinkering around with…