Empowering Your Family Through Genealogy Research Workshop

June 29, 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm

Frazine Taylor is a historian, author, and genealogist specializing in African American genealogy, and she is bringing her expertise to the History Museum of Mobile for a special workshop on how to research African American family history.

Family history isn't just about records and vital statistics- it's also about the stories, memories, and traditions that you want to pass on to future generations.


When we look at our family's history, land, and homesteads, what do we see? We should have a record of how they lived through the years, and, if we don't, then we should research it. There are many tools or resources that you can use to get information on their property and lives.


An easy but costly way to find out about your own family history is to hire a professional genealogist to connect the dots. However, you can connect the dots yourself by using the many tools that are available to you. During the workshop, Ms. Taylor is going to teach attendees how to utilize oral histories and federal and state census records to uncover the past, and how to use census data to create a family tree. She will also introduce other resources that people can use.  


The workshop is $25 per person (ages 18 and up). Coffee, soft drinks, and donuts will be served. Attendees only need to bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. The workshop is limited to 60 people.


Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call Jennifer Theeck, at (251) 301-0270.

About Frazine Taylor

Frazine K. Taylor is a native of Wallsboro, Alabama, and a member of the Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church where she is also the church’s secretary and librarian.  She is the daughter of the late Professor John L. and Martha Odessa Blowe Jones, and the granddaughter of the late Squire and Georgia Monroe Jones; Yancey B. and Miranda Amelia Hobson Blowe of Wallsboro, Alabama.


She is a graduate of Southern Normal High School, Brewton, AL.  She holds a B.S. in Business Commerce from Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee and a received her Master in Library Science in Library Services from Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA in 1984.  She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, who lived in the Fiji Islands for several years, and she has traveled extensively in the South Pacific.  She worked in the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC from 1970-1976, where she was in charge of sending peace corps volunteers to overseas posts.  In 1985, while working as Assistant Cataloguer at the Tuskegee University Library, she was chosen to work as an intern at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.  Mrs. Taylor is the former Co-Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) and is an expert on Alabama records.  She works part-time at Alabama State University (ASU) as an Archivist which also houses her genealogy collection.


Taylor is the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage, Chair Emeritus of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission and Past President of the Alabama Historical Association (AHA) and the Friends of the Archives.  She serves on the boards of the Patrons for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at ASU, is member of the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance, and served on the Alabama Governor’s Mansion Authority. From 2004 – 2018 Ms. Taylor coordinated the African American Course for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.  In 2015 Ms. Taylor coordinated Alabama State University inaugural biennial Genealogy Colloquium.  She is the recipient of the AHA Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton Award, 2019 and in 2018 an IGHR Scholarship was named in her honor.  In 2022 she received the “Senior Trooper Award” from the Elmore County NAACP Branch 5026 and the Dorothy Porter Wesley Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)


Taylor researched family roots and ties to Alabama for the PBS series for Tom Joyner, Linda Johnson Rice, Condoleezza Rice, and Epatha Merkerson for African American Lives 2 (2008) and Finding Your Roots (2012, 2019).


Mrs. Taylor is the author of, “Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide”, published in 2008. Currently, Ms. Taylor continues to conduct Genealogy and archival workshops throughout the States.


History Museum Of Mobile

111 S. Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602