Genealogy Adventures

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…

My first African ancestor discovered

When it comes to African American genealogy, finding an African ancestor seems like a pipe-dream. It’s…

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…

Charlotte Brooks: A poignant & powerful firsthand history of slavery

I had the pleasure of a long chat last week with one of my newly found…

DNA traces origins of 17th century African slaves › News in Science (ABC Science)

The 17th century bones of three African slaves have been traced to their countries of origin…

How genealogy got me watching historical drama on TV

Yes, it’s true, genealogy has subtly altered some of my television viewing habits. Historical drama isn’t…

Legislating Slavery in Virginia: Understanding William Henry Roane

Having ancestors who were state and national representatives is a blessing. The main blessing is that…

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…

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…

Hugh White Sheffey: a study in Northern ideals & Southern sensibilities

Hugh White Sheffey was a name I already knew and had become somewhat familiar with in…