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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 […]

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 & 4, 2013

The National Archives will host for the very first time a Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 – 4, 2013 from 10 AM – 5 PM daily . . . woo-hoo!

Treasure Chest Thursday: An Employee Celebration

It’s Treasure Chest Thursday and from my digital collection is a photo featuring an employee celebration for Willie Taylor! My grandfather began working at the Maxwell House Coffee Plant in Houston around the same time that my Uncle Jesse started working there  in 1930. His first job was in the Receiving & Shipping (R&S) Department […]

Workday Wednesday: Jesse Earl Green, another Maxwell House Man in My Family Tree

My paternal grandfather, Willie Taylor, wasn’t the only popular Maxwell House Man in my family tree. My great uncle Jesse Earl Green from Chappel Hill, Texas, with only a third grade education, went on to become the “first” African American Assistant Department Head of the Roast and Blend Division at Maxwell House! Uncle Jesse, the […]

Sentimental Sunday: Maxwell House Baseball Team

My paternal grandfather, Willie Taylor, loved, loved, LOVED, baseball!  But what I didn’t know until now was —  he was the head coach of the all black Maxwell House Company Baseball Team during the 1950’s and 1960’s!   I tell you, this photo of my grandfather with the company’s all black baseball team is a […]

Those Places Thursdays: Maxwell House Coffee – Good to the last drop!

Familiar with the old Maxwell House Coffee slogan  — Good to the last drop!? I’m sure you are! Well that slogan and the Maxwell House Coffee brand has been a major part of my paternal grandfather’s life the minute he began working at the coffee factory in Houston at age 21 in 1930!   My […]

Road Trip: The Galveston and Texas History Center (GTHC)

Its been a while since I’ve been on a genealogy road trip and it seems the only facility near Houston that has Galveston City Directories (from 1856 – to current) for me to continue my search for Lewis Chapple is the Rosenberg Library in Galveston. So Friday (9 August 2013), my genealogical journey took me to […]

Wordless Wednesday: Willie Taylor

Well, almost wordless . . . I recently received a care-package from a family member and inside were these FABULOUS photos of my paternal grandfather, Willie Taylor!   I have never seen pictures of my grandfather as a young man. So having these photos of him looking fresh, fly, and dressed for success was a […]

Mystery Monday: Using Houston City Directories in search of Lewis Chappel

Using Houston city directories to reconstruct the lives of my great-grandparents in search of Lewis Chappel was an ideal resource for me to use at this stage of my research. I found the U.S. City Directories 1821-1989 database at and the Houston City Directories online via the Houston Public Library’s Digital Archives to be very easy […]

Follow Friday: DNAeXPlained, Your Genetic Genealogist, and Haplogroup

It’s Follow Friday and today I recommend three of my favorite “go-to” bloggers for understanding DNA, genetic genealogy and haplogroups. Check them out! DNAeXplained: Discovering Your Ancestors – one Gene at a Time – is the excellent blog of Roberta Estes, a professional scientist and business owner for 25+ years, as well as, an obsessed […]

My Family’s First Round of Y-DNA Testing is Back

This summer is definitely sizzling hot for me as I make some substantial breaks in my research about my maternal great-grandfather Lewis Chappel, and getting my family’s first round of Y-DNA testing back too! I took advantage of the special FamilyTreeDNA was offering for Y-DNA 12 testing in April. My oldest brother (Elgin Taylor) agreed […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Date My Father Was Born

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire, Randy Seaver, and tonight’s mission, should I decide to accept it, is determining  what happened in history on the day my father was born! My mission, should I decide to accept this challenge is to determined: 1) What day of the week was your Father born? Tell us how you […]

Minted has some of the Freshest Family Tree Art on Paper

My recent discovery of Minted (thanks to Texas Women Bloggers) has inspired me to add some quality family tree art to my home decor this year! One of my first picks from their website is “Me Defined” by Frooted Design. This art print allows me to give meaning to who I am as daughter, grand-daughter, and […]

Press Release: TLC Reveals Full List of Contributors for New Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

It seems my favorite genealogy TV show Who Do You Think You Are?  is about to make a comeback, July 23, 2013 in fact! So check out the Network TV Press Release below and your local TV listings for more information! —– TLC Reveals the Celebrity Contributors on Who Do You Think You Are? Including […]

Tuesday’s Tip: City Directories and Their Impact on Your Genealogy Research

I attended some excellent workshops during Houston’s Family History Expo in 2012 that offered great advice and tips on dealing with brick-wall ancestors (great or small) when we hit them in our family research. One session that really helped a lot, or at least helped me find ancestors that tend to go missing between census decades, […]

Mystery Monday: Searching for Lewis Chappel (Part 2)

Even though I did not find my great-grandparents enumerated as a family the first time I looked for them in the 1920 Census, I just could not dismiss this gut feeling I had that I really needed to visit that record AGAIN! When I think about everything they experienced in 1910 — the loss of […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Evergreen Negro Cemetery

One of the most difficult cemetery visits I’ve had to make has been to the historic Evergreen Negro Cemetery that’s located south of Interstate-10 at Lockwood Drive and Market Street in Houston, TX. My difficulty is not so much due to its neglect, or the vandalism that has taken place there for years. Make no […]

Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery at

This Memorial Day I honor my maternal and paternal ancestors (veterans and non-veterans) virtually with the launch of the – Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery– at! [1] I actually established this “on-going” virtual cemetery New Year’s Day of this year, but did not want to release it online until – 1) I had 20 or […]

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