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Happy New Year, Claiming Kin Turns 5

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year, Happy 2016!

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 mom and brothers who get a big kick out of my passion for genealogy. As a result, I can call them any time of the day (or night) with questions and information about our family without them checking caller IDs to screen my calls — LOL!

I want to (((THANK))) Zachary Montz (Ph.D. student at University of Texas) and Thomas McWhorter (grad student at University of Houston), for contacting me to learn more about my dad and the class action law suit he and others filed against the discriminatory practices of the labor seniority system at Houston Armco Steel Corporation. Yes, I have an activist in the family that I will be blogging more about this year.

I also must (((THANK))) Amanda Fishel for contacting me last year when she discovered  my mtDNA GedMatch kits were a match to her great-great Aunt’s kit, to one of her cousin’s kits, and a small match to one of her own kits. Even though I was excited to have this DNA match, I was a little hesitant about responding to her at first. Why? I wasn’t sure how Amanda (who is not black) was going to feel about her connection to me and my African/African-American Ancestry. Well, it was a relief to know that she was not only cool with our connection, but willing to collaborate with me to find out how we’re related. I have a strong feeling this is the year we find that connection!

To all my genealogy friends who visit my blog and interact with me regularly via Twitter, Google+, and Facebook — THANK YOU! I appreciate your friendship, guidance, and your family’s history very much. I wish you and yours a — Happy New Year!

  • Terrence Garnett

    Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary Liv!

    • Heyyyyy T! Happy New Year to you and yours too. Thank you so much for the well wishes on my anniversary. I look forward to collaborating with you this year to determine how our families are related. Take care my friend!!

  • Kristin Williams

    Happy Blogiversary! Sorry I’m a bit late but my wishes are heart felt.

    • Thank you so much Kristin for the well wishes! Please no need to apologize. I celebrate this blog milestone every chance I get. Again, thank you!

  • Happy belated blogiversary, Liv! And have a wonderful 2016!

    • Hi Elizabeth and thank you so much for the well wishes for the 2016 year! I’m sending back ((((well wishes)))) to you and yours this year as well. Again, thank you for stopping by!

  • Afi_Scruggs

    Good luck to you. Keep growing.

    • @aoscruggs – You were the inspiration behind this family history blog; thank you for the book CLAIMING KIN and the love!!!

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