Genealogy Adventures

Perry Sheffey: snippets of a life played out in the early years of Reconstruction

The Virginia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records (1865-1872) has come up trumps again. Okay, so I…

My working practice for my African American genealogy research

This post is a glimpse into my working practices when it comes to researching black ancestors…

Finding Jefferson Crockett Sheffey – a surprising link to Hampton University

My cousin Fontaine and I have spent the past four years trying to track down our…

Ancestry.com DNA test answers one fundamental question

In my previous post Using the right DNA testing tool to answer the right ancestry question…

Hugh White Sheffey: a study in Northern ideals & Southern sensibilities

Hugh White Sheffey was a name I already knew and had become somewhat familiar with in…

Daniel Henry Sheffey, Jr: An unsung hero of the Battle of Wytheville

The Sheffey clan produced a number of Civil War heroes. Captain John Preston Sheffey (who could…