Tennessee State Library And Archives Hosts Genealogy Workshop The Saturday After Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with family members and share stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives, families can also explore stories of their relatives during a free “Family History Day” workshop the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

“The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for families to learn about their families, especially during the holiday season when we gather with loved ones,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “This workshop is the perfect opportunity for families to come together and explore the vast resources of the state archives.”

Archivist and professional genealogist, Melissa Barker, will lead the workshop called Family Gatherings: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family. Guests will learn tips and tricks to encourage family members to share their family history this holiday season.

Ms. Barker is the certified archives manager, currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. Ms. Barker writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is the reviews editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies magazine FORUM.

The workshop will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. CST on Saturday in the Library and Archives auditorium. 

After the workshop, staff members and volunteers from the Friends of the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be on hand to help visitors with their research.

While the workshop is free, reservations are required, due to limited seating. To make a reservation, click here.

Note, the Library and Archives will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, so it is important to make reservations beforehand. 

The Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. Parking is available around the Library and Archives building.


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