Genealogy Adventures

S03 E25: A Talk about Racism with Special Guest, Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott is known worldwide for her “Blue Eyes Brown Eyes” racism exercise. She is an…

When black and white DNA cousins meet online: A tale of two very different experiences

Genealogy is an adventure. There is no two ways about it. The adventure was something I…

Joseph C Sheffey, Jr: A US Navy race relations pioneer

My father’s US Naval career spanned some 30+ years when he retired. Considering the length of…

The 1926 Lynching of Raymond Byrd Part II

The August 1926 lynching of my second cousin twice removed, Raymond Arthur Byrd, remains one of…

A chat with my dad about being one of the first black USN weapons officers

This post follows on from yesterday’s post, Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American…

Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American weapons officers in the US Navy

My father has always been something of a trailblazer. While I’ve never taken this for granted,…