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…

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.…

My 18th Century Virginia Ball family genealogy challenge

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