African American Genealogy: Researching Poorly Documented Ancestors: Harriet Roberts (Northampton County, NC)

The case I am working on couldn’t be more different. It involves the multiple movements of…

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…

Free black families in Colonial America: The Bugg (Doss) family

Every genealogist, regardless of experience levels, has a family line that makes him or her want…

50 years a slave: the Findley family’s battle for freedom in Virginia

Update 1 May 2014: More information about how Rachel’s story came to light can be found…

Martha Ann Fowler Hill: Smashing genealogy walls with the correct maiden name

Martha Fowler Hill is an important linchpin in my black Wythe Sheffey family story in the…

50 Years a slave: Rachel Findley’s story continues to receive media coverage

Journalist Catherine Komp at Radio station 88.9 WCVE in Virginia, an NPR affiliate, did a short…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Giddings / Giddens family of Northampton County, VA

When I stumbled across the marriage certificate for Louis Roane (1848 – 1912, Gloucester County, VA)…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Roanes of St George’s Parish, Accomack, VA

With thanks to Mr D via Ancestry.com, I’ve spent some time in the family history rabbit…

Free blacks of Virginia: Rhoda Sheffey (Lynchburg)

My foray into family history and genealogy initially began with researching my Sheffey ancestors.  Five years…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Roanes of Charles City County, VA

Some of my more interesting genealogy and historical detours come out the blue. More than a…