Harry Phillips, My Inspiration for a Lifelong Pursuit in Genealogy

Another inspirational family member of the Phillips clan.

Southern Roots and Branches

I grew up surrounded by my large, extended family: cousins (close and not-so-close), aunts, uncles, all four of my grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and even three of my great grandparents. Family was the main part of my universe. But it was also kind of confusing for a kid to understand who was who and how we were all related. A few years ago when I was going through my childhood stuff at my parents’ estate, I found a family tree chart that I made by hand in 1965 when I was eleven years old. That was about the time I got the genealogy bug that I have had ever since. That was also the year my mother came into possession of a copy of the book Phillips Family History

Phillips Family Historywas written by Harry Phillips who happens to be my double third cousin, twice removed. It…

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