The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

need for a similar guide to the manuscript materials in the
University of Texas.
Hillsboro Junior College.
With the Malcers of San Antonio: Genealogies of the Early Latin,
Anglo-American, and German Families . .. . with a Brief
Historical Sketch and Illustrations. By Frederick C. Chabot.
(Privately printed. San Antonio, Texas, 1937. Pp. xiv,
411. Price $12.50.)
After many years of tedious work the author has succeeded in
piecing together the genealogies of the pioneer families of San
Antonio: Spanish, Mexican, French, Anglo-American, and Ger-
man. Every one of the families listed in this interesting volume
played an important r81e, in its own sphere, in the history of the
State and contributed its share in hewing a modern commonwealth
out of the wilderness. It is a valuable contribution to the human
history of Texas. The biographical data gathered patiently from
the maze of records in the public archives of Mexico, Spain, and
Texas, as well as from the less accessible manuscripts in private
hands, will prove useful to the historian.
The series of genealogies are presented in groups under the
various national or racial affiliations, which in turn fall into
definite chronological periods in the history of the first civil settle-
ment in Texas. In a general way the author has attempted to
preface each section with a historical summary of the period to
serve as a frame or background. These summaries do not equal,
from a historical point of view, the excellence of the genealogies
and biographical data that accompany them.
Although the author frankly admits that the book is not a
history, many bits of historical data, gleaned from the numerous
sources used, are scattered throughout. Unfortunately stray and
isolated statements quoted from various documents are presented
with little or no critical judgment. The result is that the reader
who looks for historical information will find that different cita-
tions are contradictory, particularly in reference to the actual
founding of San Antonio.
For a work of this kind the text is remarkably free from typo-


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 25, 2016.

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