Genealogy Adventures

Research case study: My lost connection to Thomas “The Immigrant” Christian of Charles City County, Virginia

If you have been a regular follower of my recent genealogy adventures, you will know the…

Cuffy Pleasants: A journey from slavery to freedom in 1772

An essential aspect of genealogy is the acceptance, more than understanding, that the ancestors will not…

Ghosts in the DNA: The lost diversity of early colonial Virginia

Nestled along the James River, Varina is a remote and quiet part of Virginia. Its vast…

In search of Leonard Wilson Roane (1874 –1912): death in the shipyard

I’ve been pretty fortunate tracing Leonard Wilson Roane, my paternal great grandfather’s, life through a rich…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 2

Scanning the Census Records: The Roanes of Essex County, VA (1870) So picking up where I…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 1

Regardless of your race, if your ancestors arrived in the US and settled in a rural…

The Roane Family Tree: Virginia

I’m posting the Roane Family Tree for the African American side of the family. I would…