Carol C. Taylor is a genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience in the South, primarily in Texas. She started with an interest in researching her own family history (an ongoing project that she still actively pursues) and found that she was as fascinated with the times in which they lived as she was with official records of births and deaths. That led to an extensive knowledge of Texas pioneer history that she used to help countless researchers flesh out the details of their family tree as the Research Assistant and Manager of the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center and through many private clients.
A sixth generation Texan, Carol Taylor was born and raised in Jack County but has lived in Greenville with her husband Michael for over 35 years. A teacher for 26 years, Carol first retired in 1996 and became the Director for the Hunt County History Museum (now the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum) within a month. From there she moved to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville, where she managed the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center for 12 years. After retiring from the library in 2009, Carol started her genealogical and local history research firm.
She has two degrees in education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, and a Masters in history from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her thesis focused on the Mercer Colony of Northeast Texas and its impact on the Texas Annexation question. She is currently expanding her work into a manuscript for possible publication.
Carol co-authored The Devil’s Triangle: Northeast Texas, Ben Bickerstaff and the War of Reconstruction with Dr. James Smallwood and Dr. Ken Howell. She contributed an essay regarding cattle drives from Texas in The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas During the Civil War, available from the University of North Texas Press. Her most recent book is a photo history of Greenville, Images of America, Greenville.
Carol is the current Chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission. She is interested in locating small family burial sites throughout the county as well as working with Hunt County officials to make as many records available to the public as possible. Over the past thirty years she has personally researched and written at least six applications for historical markers, all of which were approved.