State Library and Archives Continues Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition

Monday, November 19, 2012
 
Everyone has had their fill of turkey. No one can bear the thought of another trip to the mall. So what else is there for a family to do on a Thanksgiving weekend?

If you’re in the Nashville area Saturday, you may want to visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) for its second annual ‘Family History Day.’ During the event, State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill and TSLA’s expert research staff will give people tips on how to get started in genealogy research so they can learn more about the ancestral bonds they share with the people who were sitting across the Thanksgiving dinner table from them.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the TSLA building, 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Sherrill will conduct a workshop on family research from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in TSLA’s auditorium.

“I encourage families to participate in this great holiday weekend event,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Thanksgiving is a time when we celebrate our nation’s history. This event allows people to focus on their personal histories as well. Participants who spend a day at this workshop may end up developing a hobby that lasts for a lifetime. As our staff at TSLA will tell you, genealogical research can be very addictive. And it’s a lot healthier than an extra serving of dressing.”

Sherrill and his staff will outline how family records, oral history, courthouse filings, library sources, web sites and other materials can be used to trace a person’s roots and organize the information that’s collected through research. Attendees are encouraged to bring any notes and information they have already collected about their families.

Sherrill has 30 years of experience as a librarian, archivist and genealogist. He is the author of more than 20 books on various topics of historical interest. He was appointed to his post in 2010.

Because seating is limited, reservations for the workshop are required. To reserve a spot, call (615) 741-2764 or e-mail shop.tsla@tn.gov

Parking is available around the TSLA building.


Chester Martin (And Tim McDonald) Remember The St. Elmo Grocery

Folks, let me confess here at the very beginning that these are the memories of my newfound (and much younger) friend, Tim McDonald. He has lived in that first of Chattanooga suburbs and knows the people and places he mentions first-hand. The following are his own words..... "Before supermarkets and on-line shopping became the norm, many communities featured small, family-owned ... (click for more)

3 First Edition Chattanooga Story Books By John Wilson Available

Three first edition Chattanooga's Story books by John Wilson have become available. They are $45 each, plus $6 postage and handling. Mr. Wilson, former Hamilton County Historian, has written two volumes on the early families of Hamilton County and also books on Chattanooga and on Lookout Mountain, as well as editing books on Chattanooga's railroads and the Stokes and Hiener ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Renaissance Park Murder Hangs Himself At The County Jail

The 22-year-old who hanged himself at the County Jail has been identified as the same man charged in the recent murder at Renaissance Park. Tyree Corley was found hanging at the jail on Thursday. He died Friday morning after being taken to the hospital. Corley had been charged in the slaying of the slaying of Kathy Hardy, 45, on July 16. Corley, of 3810 Sherwood Lane, ... (click for more)

Missing Cleveland Girl Found Safe in Creek Near Search Area

A 10-year-old girl who was missing in Cleveland after returning to a soccer field to retrieve some keys that had been left there has been found safe near the search area. TBI officials said,  "This missing child has been found alive near the search area in Cleveland! Thank you for helping to spread the word!" She was found in a nearby creek. The girl was taken ... (click for more)

Thank You To The Deputies Who Put Their Own Lives On The Line To Save Others

A few nights ago, a woman wrecked her vehicle because it left the roadway and struck a pole. A citizen called the Sheriff’s Department dispatcher and told them flames were coming out from underneath the vehicle. Shortly after being dispatched, Deputy Yeargan and Deputy Smith responded to the scene, where they saw a woman in the driver’s seat as flames were coming from the vehicle. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

On this, the last Saturday in July, please take this collection of chuckles with you into August. This summer I have had great fun picking out funny stories from what readers share with me during the week. My great pal and dear friend Brown sends this important message to fortify our desire to excel: Some of the world's most successful people experienced major failures: 1. ... (click for more)