Genealogy Adventures

The House Judiciary Committee Hearing’s session on Reparations (H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice) [live video & on-demand video]

Washington, D.C. – On June 19th at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution,…

GA Live S02 E09: Special Guest Phebe Hayes (Louisiana genealogy & history)

Join Brian & Donya as we chat about some of the unique complexities of Louisiana genealogy…

GA Live S02 E01: The GU272 Descendants Project

Season 2 kicked off strong with our special guest, Karran Harper Royal, from the GU272 Descendants…

Pleasant Roane Part II: An unexpected link to Thomas Jefferson and Monticello

There are times when my adventures in genealogy blow my mind.  This is one of them.…

Visiting Monticello

I had the opportunity to visit Monticello the other day. Considering my recent trip where I…

A peculiar inheritance: slavery and the case for reparations in the US

The draft journal paper below was produced in answer to a general call for papers on…

Genetic Genealogy & Endogamy: Identifying the father of Cornelius White using DNA Triangulation

The paternity of my 2x great grandfather, Cornelius White, has been a mystery ever since I…

Mapping my father’s mtDNA to African tribes

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m a conceptual thinker. And few things aid my…

Quakers & Slavery: 50 shades of grey and then some

Researching my earliest African-descended ancestors and family in America has taken a decidedly left-field turn. Once…

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…