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If this is your first time here . . . Welcome to Claiming Kin!

Claiming Kin vy Afi-Odelia E. ScruggsAfter reading Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs’ book, Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African American Family, in December of 2010 (special thanks to book buddy, Alvin C. Romer, for sending this wonderful book to me!), I was inspired to launch this family history blog with the same title on New Year’s Day 2011! I am so glad that I did because the experience has been PHENOMENAL!

I am so glad you’re here —
Feel free to explore my blog!

Some posts and topics that may interest you while you’re here. . .

Genealogy for Beginners:

5 Steps to Getting Started With Your Family Research
5 Online Resources to Jump-start Your Family Research

Research Tips:

Census Records, An Interesting Public Record for Genealogy Research
5 Drawbacks I’ve Encountered Using Census Records
City Directories and their Impact on Your Genealogy Research

Genealogy Resources:

U.S. Military Collection, Fold3, and Veterans’ Service Records,, and
African Roots Podcast, Genealogy Gems Podcast, and Genealogy Guys Podcast

 My Most Viewed Ancestors and Family Stories

Chappel/Chapple Ancestors

The Help’ and Me
Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery
Joseph Chapple
Searching for Lewis Chappel (Part 1)

Green ~ Aldridge Ancestors

A Day in the Life of a Boiler Washer
My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News
Jesse Green, another Maxwell House Man in My Family Tree

Moten Ancestors

Which of My Ancestors Appeared the Most in Census Records?!

Routt Ancestors

Five Generations
Mulberry Bower Plantation
Wedding Wednesday: Green – Routt
Routt, 1st Generation
Routt, 2nd Generation
Sunday’s Obituary: Lula (Routt) Green, 1867-1964

Taylor Ancestors

Dad, A Man of Style
Maybe a Forgotten War, but not a Forgotten Military Life
Remembering Daddy
Maxwell House Baseball Team

Think we have a family connection?
Let me hear from you because  . . . I’m Claiming Kin!