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Surname Saturday: Chapple

It’s Surname Saturday and this series is intended to give genealogy bloggers a chance to discuss a family surname by giving details about its origin, its geographical location(s), and how it fits into their family research. ORIGIN According to, the meaning of Chappel/Chapple is, English: variant spelling of Chappell. French: from a diminutive of Old French chape […]

June 2012 Programs at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

It’s June 1, 2012 and I can already tell it’s going to be a long hot summer here in H-town. But to beat this heat, I plan to attend some of the great genealogy programs that the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research has in store for genealogy patrons this month! If you have  a […]

Wordless Wednesday: Real Photo Postcard (RPPC)

Well, almost wordless . . . Check out this Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) of family I just found again! This is a photo of my maternal grandmother, Estella (Smith) Chapple, and a couple of her lady friends (or relatives) that I have not been able to identify. But what makes this photo such a special […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery

Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery A Virtual Cemetery created by Liv Description: The Chapple Family virtual cemetery was established Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2012, to link the interments of collateral & lineal family members and their ancestors. Majority, if not all, of these family members are native Texans! Chapple, Lewis Blanton – b. Oct. 19, 1910 d. […]

I’m spending some of my Memorial Day at

Even though Memorial Day began as a holiday to honor those who died in military service, it has evolved into much more. Today, this federal holiday has become a general day of memory for those we’ve loved and lost. Therefore, many Americans will be visiting  grave sites of relatives this Memorial Day weekend whether they served […]

Video: “Genealogy Today” on HOUSTON 8

When I’m not watching, NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” or PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I enjoy watching the local show Houston 8 that airs on Fridays at 8 PM. The May 4th show titled – Genealogy Today – will feature Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO, Family Tree DNA, George Allen, Afro-American Historical […]

Follow Friday: Once Removed Family History, Taneya’s Genealogy Blog, and Red River Sankofa Project

Today is Follow Friday and I’m honored to call special attention to some excellent genealogy professionals I’ve had the pleasure to connect with recently. Enjoy! Have you ever tried to explain the “once-removed” concept to someone to only have them get that glazed look in their eyes? I’m sure you have because you know exactly […]

My First 1940 US Census Find!

Are you wondering how the indexing of the 1940 Census is going? Yes?! Then visit to get their status on image availability by state. The entire 1940 US census will be indexed by a community of volunteers and made FREE to the public at Family Search for perpetuity! According to their website as of today (May […]

Was April 2012 a great month for genealogists?

Was April 2012 a great month for genealogists? I truly believe it was! If nothing else, it was one of the BEST and most EXCITING months for me in the world of genealogy! It began with the most anticipated genealogical event to date — the release of the 1940 United States Census on Monday, April 2, […]

It’s National DNA Day 2012!

Well if you haven’t heard, it’s National DNA Day — a day for students, teachers, and the public (attention genealogists) to learn more about genetics and genomics! This day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix. In celebration of this event, FamilyTreeDNA is offering […]

Road Trip: Houston Family History Expo 2012

In a few hours I will be heading out for an information packed two day genealogy conference.  That’s right, I will be attending the Houston Family History Expo 2012. This year’s theme is – YOUR FAMILY HISTORY STARTS HERE! – and I understand that Lisa Louise Cooke, producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and this year’s […]

Tuesday’s Tip: On Your Mark, Get Set, Ready … GO – 1940 Census here we come!

We are just a week away from the release of the 1940 Census and thanks to the National Archives, they have setup a direct link to the 1940 Census records at and a brief, yet informative video I’ve posted below, for anyone planning to access these records on April 2, 2012.   So why is the […]

Press Release: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

PUBLICITY CONTACT: Donna Williams, 212-560-8030 John Michael Kennedy, 212-576-2700 Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a new 10-part PBS series that explores race, culture and identity through genealogy and genetics, premieres Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8 pm   Finding Your Rootsbuilds on the success of African American Lives 1 and 2 and […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – #1 Songs

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver and tonight’s activity will definitely have us strolling down memory lane! Tonight’s challenge is: What were the #1 songs on the day I was born? Or on your birthday when you were 18? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Five Online Resources to Jump-start Your Family Research

I want to thank family and friends for all the positive feedback I’ve received about my post,  Five Steps to Getting Started with Your Family Research! Since I’m asked about my research process all the time, I decided to share those “how-to” instructions on this blog. Now whenever I’m asked how did I get started […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: My father’s 1937 Kodak Jiffy Camera

My father loved cameras! He enjoyed posing for pictures just as much as he enjoyed taking them. I believe I’m the one in the family that enjoys cameras as much as he did. Since his death, all of his cameras have been passed on to me. So on my list of things to do this year, […]

Tombstone Tuesday: John Willie Taylor (1927-2010)

 John Willie Taylor SGT US Army Feb 22, 1927 ~ Feb 7, 2010 In Loving Memory Tomorrow (Wed., Feb. 22, ) would have been the 85th birthday of the first man I fell in love with — my father — John Willie Taylor! Daddy . . . I thought of you with love today – […]

Military Monday: Father’s Army Buddies

Below are a couple of photos of my father’s Army buddies I found among the few papers and information I’ve been fortunate to locate about my father’s experience in the Eighth United States Army. I’m not sure if this photo of Corporal McCleve and Private First Class James Day below was taken right after Basic […]

Follow Friday: Family Tree’s Tech Tips, Lowcountry Africana, and Genealogy

Today is Follow Friday and I want to call special attention to a couple of blogs and online resource that I think beginners and experienced genealogists will enjoy! If you’re looking for a blog site that’s loaded — and I do mean LOADED — with up-to-date instructions, tips, and explanations on best practices for using technology […]

African American Research at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

It’s Black History Month 2012 and one place you will certainly find me doing African American Research is at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research to learn more about the groundbreaking  African American Heritage database they have devoted to African American family history research . . . woo-hoo! To learn more about this event […]

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