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September 2012 Family History Writing Program at the Clayton Library

The September 2012 Family History Writing Program at The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will host the following lecture and writing activity this month … Writing Your Family History – An Interactive Day Saturday, September 29 10:30AM – 4:00PM Join Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, for a very exciting day consisting of a morning lecture with […]

Houston Genealogical Forum Calendar of Events

I am a member of the Houston Genealogical Forum and our 2012-2013 season will be starting up soon. I really like this year’s line-up of presenters and speakers and look forward to seeing as many of them as possible. I joined the Houston Genealogical Forum for the first time in 2011, but did not get […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Southern Pacific’s Famous Sunset Route

I had no idea that my father (John Willie Taylor) worked for the railroad industry also until I came upon a W-2 with total wages he earned working for Southern Pacific (SP) in 1949. When I asked mom about his employment with SP, she said he did work for them, but only for a short period […]

Workday Wednesday: A Day in the Life of a Boiler Washer

With Labor Day 2012 less than a week away, I’ve been thinking a lot about the various jobs and occupations many of my ancestors were engaged in from Emancipation to the 1940’s. According to the 1940 US census, my paternal step-great-grandfather, Morgan Terrell Aldridge, was a Boiler Washer for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T) Railroad Roundhouse in […]

Wordless Wednesday: The Only Chapple Boy

Well, almost wordless . . . Among those Chapple Girls was one boy . . . Joseph Lee Chapple My Uncle Joseph was quite a character and definitely considered himself a smooth operator when it came to the fairer sex!

Follow Friday: FindAGrave, BillionGraves, and

It’s Follow Friday and today I recommend three online databases (FindAGrave, BillionGraves, and Interment) of cemetery records that should be very helpful with your family research; enjoy!, developed in 1995, founded in 1998, and incorporated in 2000, is a website that contains a massive list of cemeteries and graves from all over the world. […]

Wordless Wednesday: The Chapple Girls

Well, almost wordless . . . My Mom and her beloved sisters! Phyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1941   Phyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1944   Phyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1947   My […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Houstonians Research Your Family Roots for Free!

I don’t know a genealogist (beginner or seasoned professional) alive who doesn’t love the word FREE when it comes to having access to some of today’s top ‘pay-for-use’ genealogy websites and databases. But what I do know is that Houstonians may conduct family research absolutely FREE from their home, or office, computers as long as they have […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Who has the most Census Records?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s mission, should I decide to accept it is: Determine which of your ancestors has appeared in the most census records – any census!” After reviewing my Ancestry family tree online, it seems that my paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene (Allen) Moten (1869-1951), has appeared […]

Sentimental Sunday: The Impact of the NAACP on my Family

The 103rd Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention that was hosted in Houston this past week (July 7-12, 2012) brought back some wonderful memories of my family’s strong involvement (particularly my dad)  with the NAACP during the 1950’s through the mid 1980’s. The purpose of this organization and assistance from its […]

Follow Friday: African Roots Podcast, Genealogy Gems Podcast, and the Genealogy Guys Podcast

It’s Follow Friday and I want to recommend three genealogy podcasts that’s sure to enhance your genealogical learning/research this week and beyond; enjoy! African Roots Podcast with author, lecturer, and professional genealogist, Angela Walton-Raji, is a wonderful treat. If you’re interested in African American family history then this bi-weekly podcast about research strategies, conversations with authors, website […]

The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro by Frederick Douglass

“The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro” was a speech Frederick Douglass gave on July 5, 1852 at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence that was held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. He actually gives a biting oratory, in which he tells his audience, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My Genea-Bucket List

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s mission, should I decide to accept it, is: Knowing that a “Bucket List” is a wish list of things to do before death: What is on your Genea-Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to […]

Wordless Wednesday: Remembering Cousin Carolyn (1945-1975)

Carolyn at age 9, 1954 Not sure when this photo was taken, but Carolyn and Ray Bryant were married in 1970 and divorced in 1974. A year later, she was killed.

Blue Monday: “Pistol Fell Out of Bra, Woman Says of Slaying”

The murder of my Aunt Estella (Chapple) Thomas wasn’t the only shooting tragedy my mother experienced in her family. My aunt’s oldest daughter, Carolyn (Bingham) Bryant, was murdered at age 29 on 10 April 1975. I was 15 years old walking home from school when my mom pulled alongside me and told me to get […]

Sentimental Sunday: Dad, a Man of Style

It’s Sentimental Sunday and this daily blogging prompt allows genealogy bloggers a chance to focus on a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or a wonderful family tradition. Today is Father’s Day 2012 and my fondest memories this weekend have been about my father and his smooth swag and style that were captured in some […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How popular was your name?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s activity is to determine the popularity of my name through the decades – 1880 – 2000! Tonight’s challenge is: 1) Go to the Popular Baby Name page on the Find the Best website at (or just click the screenshot of the site […]

Remembering Daddy

Remembering Daddy: The funeral services and obituary of my beloved father, John W. Taylor (1927-2010) Cover IN LOVING MEMORY OF Bro. John Willie Taylor Saturday, February 13, 2010 Eleven O’clock a.m. Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church 4300 Noble Street, Houston, Texas 77020 Rev. Leonard Barksdale, Pastor Obituary OBITUARY Where there is a beginning, there is […]

Follow Friday: Genea-Musings, a3Genealogy, and SavingStories

It’s Follow Friday and I’m always honored to feature extraordinary genealogists that I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure to learn from online. Enjoy! If you’re looking for a genealogist who writes and maintains a blog that just about covers it all – genealogy research tips and techniques, news items and commentary, family history research and […]

Blue Monday: “Woman Killed”

One of the first items my mother gave me when I sat down to interview her about the Chapple family and her siblings a few years ago was the 1954 newspaper clipping below about the murder of her sister, Estella (Chapple) Thomas. I’ve known about her death since my pre-teen years; she died before I […]

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