Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Researching Black Genealogy

Recently the Seguin Gazette Enterprise had an article about the efforts of Mark Gretchen to document the life and time of a Negro League baseball player by the name of “Smokey” Joe Williams. Complicating the effort was the fact the Williams came from a slave family.
Gretchen’s efforts expanded into a book about all of the local slave population in his area.

You can read about the book and some of the research challenges Gretchen faced at: <http://www.seguingazette.com/story.lasso?ewcd=11159311ecb3037c>

This has special meaning for us because one of our PGS members, Harriet Thompkins, is constructing a class on researching Black genealogy, and will address some of the same issue encountered by Gretchen.

1 comment:

Mark Gretchen said...

Thanks for posting about my research and subsequent book on the slave trade in Guadalupe County, Texas. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can be of service to you.

Mark Gretchen