An engaging and thought-provoking public speaker, Brian Sheffey has expertise in genetic genealogy and mid-Atlantic & Southern research – with an emphasis on the intersection of white, black, and Native American genealogy. He has used his knowledge to solve cases of unknown parentage from Colonial America to the present day utilizing DNA and paper trail evidence.
Brian has deep family roots in the colonial Virginia and the Carolinas, the Powhatan, Choctaw, and Creek tribes, and the colonial Quaker guarantees in the mid-Atlantic region. He combines years of experience in marketing research and academia with a passion for genealogical research – and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. His primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as identifying the white progenitors of mulatto family lines; and triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence.
Behind his passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with Americans from different backgrounds to enable them to connect with each other – and make connections around the globe.
Brian Sheffey’s Books:
Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History
Family Tree Workbook: 30+ Step-by-Step Worksheets to Build Your Family History
Mentioned in the Podcast
Callisto Publishers – https://www.callisto-publishers.com/
American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor
The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport
Thing You were Most Afraid of
“Why would anyone listen to something that I have to say?”
Best Advice You Received from Someone Else
“If you use any material from another genealogist or researcher make sure you credit them.“
UNVEILED – The Twenty & Odd: Documenting the First Africans in England’s America 1619-1625 and Beyond by K. I. Knight
“Do not do genealogy unless you are fully prepared to be able to handle the truth.”
If you’d like to contribute to supporting the podcast then I would ask that you recommend me as a virtual speaker to your local library, historical or genealogical society. Any money earned from that now goes directly to supporting my podcast. I’m still in the process of creating an updated list of available talks but here are five titles to choose from.
- Discovering Online Oral History and Audio Collections to enrich your research
- Use Your Genealogy Skills to discover the history of the people who lived in your house
- Verifying Information You Find Online
- 5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor
- How to Capture and Preserve Oral History Right Now
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