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Blog Caroling 2014: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Ready for Blog Caroling 2014? I know I am and again I’m THANKFUL to footnoteMaven for hosting this fun online event for geneabloggers! In 2011, I virtually sang, What Child Is This? with national recording sensations Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige. Then in 2012, I virtually assisted the altos in MIT’s Concert Choir and the All […]

Press Release: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Returns September 23, 2014

PUBLICITY CONTACT: Donna Williams, WNET, 212.560.8030 Charlie Guadano, Sunshine Sachs, 212.691.2800 Whitney Kuhn, Sunshine Sachs, 212.691.2800 Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season This season’s 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 29 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs, […]

Women’s History Month 2014 at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

March is Women’s History Month and a perfect time for us to pay tribute to our female ancestors! But as you know, many of the historical documents we use to find our ancestors were created for men and it is the male’s surname carried on — generation after generation. Therefore finding and following our female […]

Texas Voters Registration Lists 1867-1869 for Osborn Routt

What I enjoy most about the 2014 Spring Ancestor Challenge is the flow of information, resources, and support from the various research tribes within the AAGSAR Village! The Texas Tribe  has been PHENOMENAL to work with. In fact, it was Texas Tribe member, Terrence Garnett (My TX/LA Roots), who provided me with a copy of […]

Black History Month 2014 at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

It’s Black History Month 2014 and the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will be offering an excellent weekend of seminars with Tony Burroughs and Franklin Smith. So if you love genealogy or need help with your slave ancestry research, and you live in or near the Houston area, this is a weekend you don’t want […]

My 3 Words for 2014

Thanks to Chris Brogan, CEO of Human Business Works, I adopted a new tradition last year that involves choosing 3 words that would be the action steps I take in my genealogy endeavors for the year. My 3 Words for 2013 were — First. Proof. Publish.  What went well in 2013? I was very successful […]

Happy New Year, Claiming Kin Turns 3!

Happy New Year! It is officially January 1, 2014  and  today, Claiming Kin Turns 3! That’s right! I’ve been blogging about all things “genealogy” for 3 years today! If I tell you these three years have gone by in a flash, you better believe it. It just doesn’t seem like I’ve been blogging very long; […]

Blog Caroling 2013: Sweet Little Jesus Boy

It’s Blog Caroling time again everyone and I want to send out special THANKS to footnoteMaven for hosting another wonderful caroling event for Geneabloggers! I’ve been blog caroling now for a few years (three years to be exact) and truly enjoy sharing some of my family’s favorite Christmas music with the online genealogy community.   […]

His Day is Done: A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela (Transcript)

You know Luckie Daniels (Our Georgia Roots),  is right when she said, “Wow! I’ve lived to witness yet another historic moment in time — South Africa’s first Black President, Nelson MANDELA being eulogized by America’s first Black President, Barack OBAMA.” This was indeed a historic moment! As I tuned in to watch the memorial service […]

Wordless Wednesday: Willie Taylor, another Man of Impeccable Style in My Family Tree

Well almost wordless . . . Can someone say GQ?! Yes indeed, I now know where my dad got his sense of style and love for hats! He got it from his father, Willie Taylor, another man of impeccable style in my family tree! Special THANKS to my Aunt Frances Taylor Marshall for sharing this very […]

On this Veterans Day 2013

“On this Veterans Day [2013 and beyond], let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” – Dan Lipinski Special THANKS to my Aunt Frances Taylor Marshall for […]

Tech Tuesday: Transcript 2.4 to the Rescue!

I’ve been dealing with a lot of old deeds and probate records lately, and I must admit that trying to decipher and transcribe these old handwritten documents have been a challenge in and of itself! Still, reading and copying old handwritten documents is a task that every genealogist must learn to master. Have I mastered […]

Wedding Wednesday: Routte – Routte, 1871

After the Civil War, many couples who had married as slaves and who desired to stay together, legalized  their unions by getting married. As a result, marriage became one of the very first civil rights that [newly free] African-Americans [were] able to exercise. [1] I strongly believe this was the case for my 3x great-grandparents, […]

Press Release: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Premiers October 22 at 8 pm on PBS

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | Life of Priscilla Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the life of a slave known only as Priscilla. She was purchased as just a young girl at a slave auction in South Carolina by a rice planter, Elias Ball. She arrived on Ball’s South Carolina rice plantation […]

Follow Friday: Genealogy Blogs and Websites of AAGSAR Members

It is Follow Friday at geneabloggers.com and today I want to call special attention to some of the excellent genealogy blogs and websites of  AAGSAR members! Within 4 short weeks of this group’s inception, a total of 20+ new African American genealogy bloggers have answered their ancestors’ call – to be actively engaged in research, to share […]

2014 Spring Ancestor Challenge

When Luckie Daniels (Our Georgia Roots & Our Alabama Roots) and Felicia Mathis (Echoes of My Nola Past) invited me to join them on the new African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR) Group they were launching via Facebook, I had no idea that I would be joining, in my opinion, the BEST collaborative genealogy group for “serious” family […]

Shopping Saturday: At the Heart of Texas – Foley’s (UPDATE)

UPDATE! When I asked the question – what will happen to the historic Foley’s building? –  in my At the Heart of Texas – Foley’s post just a little over 6 months ago, I had a gut feeling this building/company, which played a major role in Houston’s retail history, would be gone sooner than later. I […]

Wordless Wednesday: Willie Taylor and His Great-Grandchildren

Well, almost wordless  . . . This is one of my favorite photos of my grandfather with his beloved great-grandchildren!

Funeral Friday: Willie Taylor (1909-1985)

A complete transcription of his funeral program is below: IN LOVING MEMORY OF BROTHER WILLIE TAYLOR December 16, 1909 — December 14, 1985 Tuesday, December 17, 1985 12:00 Noon NORTHSIDE ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH 1811 Stevens Street Houston, Texas Reverend R. Staggers, Pastor Officiating Servant of God, well done Thy glorious warfast past: The battle is […]

Workday Wednesday: Retirement Bliss

Retirement bliss is exactly what I call that smile on my grandfather’s face as he holds his first retirement check from Maxwell House in his hands in the photo below. I’m not sure of his exact retirement date, but I do know he put in over 45+ years at the Houston Plant. Below is a brief […]

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