Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas

TRUE GRAY by James Earl

It is a little-known fact that significant numbers of blacks supported the South in the late War between the States (Civil War to those from north of the Mason-Dixon line).  Not just a few here and there, but thousands lent their support not only as laborers, teamsters and cooks, but as real armed soldiers as evidenced by military rosters, diaries, pension records and news accounts.
Having conducted extensive research on the subject, local Boerne writer, James Earl has set out to capture the drama and complexity inherent in the Black Confederate story in his new work of historical fiction, True Gray.  James will speak on the historical significance of Black Confederates and the genesis of his novel, to include a few readings. 
James "Jim" Earl, writer, poet and performer, has written songs, theater, and screenplays as well as having founded and fronted the Arbuckle Boys, a band dedicated to the preservation of music from the Trail Drive era of the 1870's.
Be sure to attend the Genealogical Society of Kendall County's General Meeting Saturday,January 18th at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, TX.  Doors open at 10:00 AM and meeting starts at 10:30 AM. to Noon.  Non-members are encouraged to attend; no cost to attend.


Family Photo Fund Raiser

Professional Photographer Jason Abbott will take family photos with all revenue going to GSKC. Call 813-503-1647 to set up an appointment. For $25 receive one digital image and a starter family tree chart. See our Facebook page for more details.


Family History Place

Family History Place
Be sure to visit our excellent research facility, The Family History Place.  We are located at 114 E. Blanco Street in Boerne, Texas.  We are happy to announce a new partnership between The Family History Place (FHP) and the Family History Center (FHC) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  The FHC has relocated to the FHP at 114 E. Blanco Street.  This partnership has increased the number of free genealogical databases and websites available to all visitors, in addition to the ability to order films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  We have also expanded our hours:
Monday, 1 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday,  10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday,  10 am - 9 pm 
Thursday,  10 am - 9 pm
Friday,  10 am - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, closed 
If you are visiting from out of town, other hours can be arranged by appointment.
The research facility is open to the public and free.  Volunteers are available to assist you with your research questions and problems.


Volunteer Opportunities

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"The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten"

Some of the historic pictures are courtesy of Dietert Historical Archives, Patrick Heath Public Library

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