About Ken

Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., a native of Columbus, Georgia, is a graduate of Emory University. He has had an interest in genealogy since the early 1960s when he was in high school. From 1973 until his retirement in 2006 he was Historian in the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta, Ga., working with the National Register of Historic Places. That state job had no connection to his genealogy work or his free-lance work with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through his work on the genealogy of Governor and President Jimmy Carter, his genealogy expertise came to the attention of the AJC staff and thus the column was born. He is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and history. He lives in Decatur, Ga., and can be reached at P.O.Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031.