Genealogy Adventures

Piecing together enslaved family relations at Monticello

I have spent the past few months doing a deep dive into the early colonial enslavement…

GA Live S01 E09: Pushing beyond the 1870 Census to find your enslaved ancestors

You’ve made it to the 1870 U.S. Federal Census…and now you have no idea of what…

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…

Genealogy challenge: Researching the 45 enslaved children of Moses Williams (Old Ninety-Six,  SC)

My cousin and research business partner, Donya, hit me me with a small newspaper clipping packed…

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 & 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…