Frazine K. Taylor, MSLS, CPM, 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 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 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.
Taylor is the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage and Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission. She serves on the boards of the Patrons for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at ASU, the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance, the Alabama Governor’s Mansion Authority and is the President of the Friends of the Alabama Archives. Since 2004 Ms. Taylor is the coordinator of the African American Course for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). In 2015 Ms. Taylor coordinated Alabama State University inaugural biennial Genealogy Colloquium.
Taylor researched family roots and ties to Alabama for the PBS series for Tom Joyner, Linda Johnson Rice, and Condoleezza Rice, for African American Lives 2 (2008) and Finding Your Roots (2012).
Mrs. Taylor is the author of, “Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide”, published in 2008.