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…

Visiting Monticello

I had the opportunity to visit Monticello the other day. Considering my recent trip where I…

New Year, New Project: Stronger Together – the Story of US

It’s a new year (Happy New Year too!) and this year Genealogy Adventures will be defined…

Finding Reuben Byrd: free person of color & an American Revolutionary War veteran

Updated 23 Sep 2016 with additional Bird/Byrd family groups Reuben Byrd of Petersburg, Virginia and Orange…

1667: The year America was divided by race

Genealogical research has sent me down an American history rabbit hole once again. I don’t mind.…

The mystery of Henry West (1608-1647)

Genealogy requires rather a substantial amount of critical thinking and deductive reasoning. This is especially true…

My 18th Century Virginia Ball family genealogy challenge

The time has come for me to grapple with my 18th Century Virginia Ball family ancestors.…

Beyond the pale: Interracial Relations in Colonial America

A tale of gender double standards When genealogy decides to throw me a curve ball, it doesn’t hold…