The Moses Williams Family Tree Project: Update #1

The project team has already struck gold. We have traced a handful of the enslaved people’s…

Genetic genealogy, DNA triangulation, and the search for my missing Futrell ancestor

When it comes to my genealogy adventures, more often than not, I feel like Sherlock Holmes…

Typical Actions in Probate of a Slaveholding Estate with David E. Paterson [podcast]

Podcast host Bernice Bennett and special guest David Paterson discuss the most fruitful probate records for slavery…

Navigating Wills and Probate Records on Ancestry.com

These records are a goldmine of information. On the one hand, they can prove family relationships.…

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…

Tracing slave ownership for the Scots-Irish Roane family of Virginia

My thanks to my cousin Lewis S – who has so kindly shared slave-related documents with…