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Genealogy of families is not only important, but also fun to discover! During Family History month, the Kingsport Public Library will be hosting its third annual genealogy workshop series every Thursday in October from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshops are free and you do not have to register to attend.

The genealogy workshop series will feature four speakers on key topics of interest for those looking into their family’s history and genealogy. These topics are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogy enthusiasts. Check out the information flyer here!

Speakers and topics will include the following:
October 5:  Lori Thornton, Professional Genealogist will present two 1-hour sessions:
  • Cousin Harry’s Tree Adventure and Other Newspaper Discoveries

Join us as we look at how newspapers contain more than just obituaries. Find information on your ancestors and their communities that will enhance your family history narrative.

  • Exploring Your Ancestor’s World with Maps

Learn how maps can add so much to your ancestral search. Find print, electronic, and database sources to assist you in learning more about your ancestor’s world.

October 12: Jessica McNeely, Technical Services Assistant for Holston River Regional Library:
  • Genealogy for the Next Generation

This workshop will focus on how to set up the next generation of genealogists for success.  She will discuss how thorough and organized record keeping and labeling can help future generations build off your work.

October 19: Charlotte Dade, Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Consultant:
  • Documenting Your Ancestors

This workshop will include examples of documents you can use when researching your ancestors, what is included on each, how to use this information, and where they can be found.

October 26: Trent Hanner, Senior Reference Librarian for the Tennessee State Library and Archives will present two 1-hour sessions:

  • Research at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

In this program, we will discuss the history and genealogical significance of Tennessee’s official repository of history. Come learn about this vital institution’s heritage, resources, and services.

  • Online Genealogy with a Tennessee Focus

Genealogical websites abound on the internet, but which ones have the information you actually need? This workshop will explain the partnerships that the TSLA has established with websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch, and how these connections benefit your genealogical research.

Visit or call the reference desk at 423-224-2539 for workshop details.