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Happy Memorial Day form

A heartfelt Memorial Day message to my family from Dear Claiming Kin, Memorial Day is a chance to pause and share our gratitude for the brave servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world. We pause to remember not just those in the United States, but all people who gave their life, or who continue to […]

Happy National DNA Day 2017!

My celebration of National DNA Day and fascination with genetic DNA testing began with my first mitochondrial test (mtDNA) on 30 December 2011. The results of my mitochondrial lineage — Haplogroup L2a1l1b — just confirmed what I already knew about myself and the female ancestors in my family tree — our ancient origins/roots are in […]

The Poetry of DNA

April 25, 2017, is National DNA Day where students, teachers, and the public worldwide will spend time learning more about genetics and genomics! Why Celebrate National DNA Day? Ask a genealogy hobbyist what they think of genetic DNA testing, and some will say they’re fascinated but haven’t quite figured it out just yet. Others will beam […]

My 3 Words for 2017

I have chosen 3 words to celebrate my genealogy endeavors for each new year since 2013! I must admit that this activity does work well for me (in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions) because it allows me to organize and plan my genealogy research and training for the year in a more meaningful way. My […]

Today is My Blogiversary!

Today not only is the first day of 2017, but it is also the 6th Blogiversay of Claiming Kin! This year I’m celebrating this special milestone with a new and improved look for my favorite space in cyberspace. This new design represents how I plan and want to express myself and share my ancestors and […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: My Original Texas Driver Education Certificate

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year; It was a very good year for [big city] girls . . . ” – sung by Frank Sinatra in D minor, 1966 When I found my original Texas Driver Education Certificate (Form DL-41A) last year, I smiled from ear to ear. It was so cool to […]

Wedding Wednesday: Taylor-Chapple, 1949

Wedding Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to display and share old wedding photos, wedding invitations, and announcements! My feature bride and groom today are my parents – John Taylor and Carrie Chapple. If my father was still alive, my parents would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this month/year. […]

First Annual Black Family History Day Event at TSLAC on Saturday, February 13th

Kudos to all my Austin, Texas genealogy friends who will be attending the Texas State Library and Archives Commission‘s first event devoted to black family history research Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 12 noon – 3 PM! This event is in collaboration with the Austin History Center and the Carver Genealogy Center Attendees will learn best […]

Earth, Wind & Fire and Me

MAURICE WHITE 1941 – 2016 “The light is he, shining on you and me.” When I heard the news that Maurice White, the founding member of Earth Wind & Fire, had died peacefully in his sleep on my drive home from work last Thursday (2/4/2016), I was shocked. Like so many EW&F fans, I had […]

Black History Month 2016 at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

It’s Black History Month 2016 and the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research will host some excellent programs that I plan to attend this month. So check out the information below, and if you live in H-town, or you plan to travel this way soon, be sure to add the Clayton Library on your list of […]

My 3 Words for 2016

Since 2013, I have chosen three words to kick off my genealogy endeavors for the New Year. I credit this “three word” exercise to Chris Brogan who has challenged business bloggers for the past ten years to “replace resolutions with something a bit more useful” and attainable. I’ve learned so much about myself as a […]

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Returns January 5, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited that Finding Your Roots is back again despite the Ben Affleck controversy. Oh yes! You see, when the decision was made to “scrub” any mention of Affleck’s slave-owning ancestors from his feature story last year, the truth still came out. Then producers found themselves in a very […]

Happy New Year, Claiming Kin Turns 5

Happy New Year Everyone! I am so excited that this is the first day of 2016 because . . . Claiming Kin turns 5 years old today! That’s right, my blog here in cyberspace is growing up and I owe my growth to everyone who continues to support me. I’m so thankful to have a […]

Blog Caroling 2015: Glow

Blog Caroling with footnoteMaven (fM) is one of my favorite online activities to do this time of year! With fM‘s permission, Dear Myrtle – Your Friend in Genealogy – has invited genea-bloggers who would like to contribute to The Great Blog Caroling Songbook Edition 2015, to create their musical blog posts and share their links at the Friends of footnoteMAVEN […]

ACCM 2015: Christmas Shopping

Today is the eighth day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Christmas Shopping – and the focus is on . . . For many of us, the focus of the Christmas season isn’t on “things” but on family and friends. Still, we like to give presents – large and small […]

ACCM 2015: Christmas Television and Movies

Today is the seventh day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Christmas Television and Movies – and the focus is on . . . Whether it is the movie It’s A Wonderful Life or A Charlie Brown Christmas on the telly, what is your favorite television program or movie? What […]

ACCM 2015: Santa Claus

Today is the sixth day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Santa Claus – and the focus is on . . . Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas and the origin of Santa Claus. What are your memories of Santa Claus and waiting for him to come at Christmas? […]

ACCM 2015: Christmas Recipes

Today is the fifth day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Christmas Recipes – and the focus is on . . . The smell of cookies baking in the oven or perhaps mulled wine on the stove top. What are your favorite recipes during Christmastime? Are they different than the […]

ACCM 2015: Christmas Lights

Today is the fourth day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Christmas Lights – and the focus is on . . . Some families string up a few lights each year while others go nuclear and are destined to force their neighbors into a brown out situation. Did your […]

ACCM 2015: Christmas Music

Today is the third day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015! The featured topic is – Christmas Music – and the focus is on . . . Christmas carols, church music and even more modern novelty songs are all a big part of our Christmas memories. What songs were your favorites as a child […]

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