I’m Liv Taylor-Harris, the Genealogy Hobbyist and host here at Claiming Kin! I’ve been hooked on “all things genealogy” ever since my son, who’s married with children of his own, brought home an ancestral chart to complete for his “All About Me” project in third grade (1989). Completing that chart wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But it was exactly the motivation I needed to learn more about my family and do all I can to preserve our history for future generations!
My family research is a labor of love and well worth the weekend trips to ancestral places around Texas; not to mention the hours spent in old courthouse basements looking through hundreds of records for clues and any information I can find about my ancestors. And despite some of the challenges I face researching my African /African-American Ancestry, my genealogical journey has been a rewarding one. My success with my genealogy so far has been due to my affiliation and association with various genealogy groups and professional organizations online and offline such as:
African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR)
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.’s Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter (New Member as of February 2014)
Texas State Genealogical Society
National Genealogical Society
I want very much to share my family history journey with you. If this is your first time here, please visit my “New Here?” page for samples of the type of information you’ll find here. If this is not your first time here, THANK YOU so much for your return visit and continued support! If you’re family, consider staying in touch with me by signing up to receive emails (by entering your email address in the subscription box to the right of this page) about all my research experiences and findings!