Monday, April 25, 2011
African American Research - Pre and Post WWII
The Green Book Travel Guide
Did you know about the Green Book that guided African Americans safely across America? Every African American has a story about the hardships segregation put on travelers, but few know of this travelers aid. Victor H. Green, supposedly a postal worker, collected names of African American friendly establishments using fellow postal workers information and published it in a travel guide. This traveler's guide, which began in New York, provided hotels and other establishments essential for safe travels and to secure temporary housing around the nation since most hotels did not allow Negro patrons.
The Green Book and Research
But this guide is a great tool for family research. Paired with historical maps, land plats, and legal documents, and African American newspapers, the researcher may find that the Green Book tells just a bit more about their family and movements.
How We Use It
At a3Genealogy, we find this resource especially helpful when researching WWII era subjects. This guide may help you follow a path from where your soldier was discharged to their hometown. Boarding home records may have been salvaged in the form of diaries or taxes or account books. This too can be helpful when tracing that allusive traveling ancestor.
As genealogists, we must walk in our family's footsteps and for African American descendants The Green Book illuminates many of our ancestor's paths.
Posted by Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist at 2:55 PM