About Liv Taylor-Harris

Christian. Genealogy enthusiast. Retired book publicist and school librarian. In short, I'm a Lifelong Learner!

A Paternal & Maternal Father’s Day Celebration!

Happy Heavenly Father’s Day to two of my paternal first loves – father, John Willie Taylor, and grandfather, Willie Taylor, and . . .

. . . to two more of my maternal first loves -grandfather, Joseph Chapple, and great-grandfather, Richard Smith.


Have You Discovered Your Family in the 1950 US Census?

3 days ago Ancestry posted on Instagram that the 1950 U.S. Census was one of the biggest moments in family history and wanted to know what everyone had discovered since its release on April 1, 2022.

Well . . . when the 1950 US Census was first released 2 months ago I had no intentions of searching for any of my family in that record right away. Why? For starters, this record was not fully indexed when it was released. So being able to type in a family member’s surname, given name, a date range, and or city, county and state where they lived was not going to pull up any information for me to peruse ithat would help me to pinpoint then in this record. Until this record is fully indexed the only way to locate family for now is to locate the Enumeration District they lived in, per the 1940 Census. Looking up the previous enumeration District is not a difficult task. But a couple of months ago all of my attention, focus, and time was spent on identifying my paternal ggg-grandmother’s and gg-grandfather’s last slave owner.

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A Day for Rememberin’

Looking for an extraordinary book to share with all the young readers in our family, let me recommend . . .

A DAY FOR RENEMBERIN’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A Day of Rememberin’ by Leah Henderson; Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

For readers in grades  2–5—

Leah Henderson’s latest tells the story of the first Memorial Day celebration from the perspective of a young African American boy whose family has recently been freed following the Civil War. The boy longs to go with his father to help him refurbish a racecourse that was made into a prison for Union soldiers during the war. Finally, he is allowed to assist in painting the fence while the adults establish a graveyard for the fallen soldiers.

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