Category Archives: Maryland

TGP 58: Brian Sheffey – Author

Featured Guest

Brian Sheffey

Brian Sheffey, Genealogy Adventures

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.

Contact Links

Website – Genealogy Adventures
Facebook Page – Genealogy Adventures
Twitter – Genealogy Adventures
YouTube – Genealogy Adventures

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 –

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.

Recommended Book

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.

  1. Discovering Online Oral History and Audio Collections to enrich your research
  2. Use Your Genealogy Skills to discover the history of the people who lived in your house
  3. Verifying Information You Find Online
  4. 5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor
  5. How to Capture and Preserve Oral History Right Now

More details are available on my speaker page.

The Genealogy Professional podcast is now available on Spotify. Search for either Marian Pierre-Louis or genealogy to find it. Don’t forget to follow!

If you’re a YouTube you can also find all the episodes of the podcast on YouTube. Don’t expect any video. It’s just an audio-only file with a picture but I’ve put it over there because some people are more comfortable with that platform.

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If you’re not on Facebook, follow the Genealogy Professional on LinkedIn. You can get new episode notices there. Go to Linkedin and search for The Genealogy Professional and hit the follow button.

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TGP 15 Rebecca Whitman Koford – Maryland Research

Featured Guest

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG is a professional genealogist in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets.

Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives, Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, Kensington Family Rebecca Whitman Koford on the Genealogy Professional podcastHistory Conferences, Baltimore Family History Workshops, the York Family History Conference in Pennsylvania, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and for groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Rebecca is a member of DAR, NGS, MDHS, NYG&B, and former Assistant Director of the Columbia Family History Center, and is a Certified Genealogist.

She was the Treasurer for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and taught Beginning and Advanced Genealogy courses for Howard Community College until her move in 2010. She now volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick. She was coordinator for the 4th and 14th ProGen (peer-led group study of Mills’ book Professional Genealogy) and 16th GenProof (peer-led group study of Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof) online study groups and is currently enthusiastic about the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by FGS. Rebecca is head genealogist for ReelTributes, a genealogical documentary company, and she invites you to view her monthly blog articles at She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Contact Links

Rebecca’s APG Profile

Rebecca – Google+ page

APG National Capital Area Chapter

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Find people  who are in a genealogy career. Go and join your local APG group.

Recommended Book

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood

Productivity Tool

The templates Rebecca uses (created in MS Word) to keep herself organized


“Enjoy the journey.”

Action Item

This week let’s focus on your most fun project! Is there is a project than stands out more than others? Perhaps a client that was great to work with or a project that was really fun?

ACTION: The first step in your action item this week is to identify one or two projects that standout for you, either as the most fun, the most challenging or for some other positive reason. Make a list of those projects. It can be a client project, one that you’ve done for yourself or for family or friends.

Next contact the person you did the project for whether that is a client, family or friend, and ask them for permission to use the information about the project in an article or lecture so that you can teach others. Yes, even if it was for family or friends you need to contact them and ask for permission. Get the permission in writing.  If anyone has privacy concerns let them know that you will not include their personal information in your finished product.

We’re not going to take the next step yet of turning the project information into usable content to be shared. For this week, simply select the projects and ask for permission. Asking for written permission is the most important part. In a future episode we will discuss what to do with the project so that you can transform it and share it.

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