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Updated February 19, 2006

Tracing our heritage


The Southern Journey

over 300 years

Through AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

The English surname "Tabor" comes in many forms:Tabar, Taber, Taberer, Tabers, Tabor, Tabors, Tabour, Taybor, Tayber, Taybour, Tabur, Taborn. It's meaning (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1977) has it's origins in Medival English and Old French and is defined as "a small drum with one head of soft calfskin used to accompany a pipe or fife played by the same person", and a Taborer as "one that plays on the tabor". We would like to think of him as a traveling minstral. However, the name Tabor pre-dates the Medevial period as it can be found in Old Testament literature as the name of a mountain located in the mid-eastern Arabic nation of Palestine. The most common spellings currently in use are Taber and Tabor.

This site is not an attempt to trace the ancestry or origins of the Tabor name. It exists as a means to collect data into a central repository in order to help family researcher's of the various Tabor branches in the Southern part of the US find the missing pieces of their Tabor puzzle. All variations of the Taber/Tabor spellings are included on this site.

The states we will attempt to cover are : Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiania, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Look in Misc. for Tabor's who were native to the Southern Region, but migrated to other parts of the US.

This site is in it's infancy, and will grow at the rate people are willing to share. Please be patient and return often as we update the site.

You can contribute to the growth of this site by contributing wills, deeds, census, tax lists, court records, letters, photos, Bible records, etc. Please quote the source material and page (ex: Allen County, Kentucky, Deed Book X pg 000). If you are sending information transcribed or compiled by someone other than yourself, please give proper credit to people who have spent many hours of their time making information available to others.

Send your information for AR, IL, IN, LA, MO, TX, VA, WV, to: Mike Engel

or for AL, GA, FL, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, Misc. to, Sharon Tabor

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