Piecing together enslaved family relations at Monticello

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

GA Live S01 E09: Pushing beyond the 1870 Census to find your enslaved ancestors

You’ve made it to the 1870 U.S. Federal Census…and now you have no idea of what…

GA Live S01 E08: Sheila Hightower-Allen DNA Memorial Fund & Howard University

Check out our recent broadcast about our groundbreaking project with Howard University’s Biology & Genomics Dept.…

GA Live S01 E06: Ancestral Naming Conventions & Smashing Genealogy Brick Walls

There are times when we only have an ancestor’s name to work with in the coyrse…

DNA Adventures: Me and my mum’s mtDNA – Range 16024 to 16519

In this article, I will be posting about another range sequence for my mum’s mtDNA. You…

Newspapers.com, Boolean search strings, and finding lost post Civil War ancestral lines

I always enjoy genealogy research conference calls with my Edgefield-connected cousins Donya, Sheila, and Loretta. They…

Endogamy on the plantation

**updated 20 December 2017** Today I am going to spend a little time discussing endogamy -the…

A peculiar inheritance: slavery and the case for reparations in the US

The draft journal paper below was produced in answer to a general call for papers on…

Mapping my YDNA flow in Africa

I’ve spent the past week and a bit looking more closely at the YDNA I inherited…

My first African ancestor discovered

When it comes to African American genealogy, finding an African ancestor seems like a pipe-dream. It’s…