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Sullivan County Archives holds family history workshop April 20

staff report • Apr 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

If you want to know more about your family history, then plan to attend a genealogy workshop, “Discover Your Roots,” on Saturday, April 20. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism and the Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society, this workshop approaches both old and new research techniques that can be widely used in researching your ancestors across the U.S. and around the world.

“Discover Your Roots” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sullivan County Courthouse, 3411 Highway 126, Blountville.

Pre-registration is required before April 16, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. A suggested donation of $20 per enrollee will be accepted to help subsidize the Archives Research Center and to preserve county governmental records.

Please send registrations and donation fee to SCDAT, P.O. Box 3179, Blountville, Tenn. 37617. For more information, call (423) 323-4660.

The workshop will feature four sessions:

• Beginning Genealogy. Modern computer technology affords many the opportunity to research families at a much faster pace than 10 to 20 years ago. It is often quite a daunting task, however, to know where to start or how to discern which resources are the most reliable. In Beginning Genealogy, the lecturer introduces to the most thorough way to begin family research while using modern technology.

• Using RootsMagic. Recording genealogy in computer software should be fun and easy. Genealogy software should be user-friendly, while maintaining all the bells and whistles that allow the citation of sources according to the preferred style guide: Chicago Manual of Style, MLA or other. For both beginners and experienced professionals, RootsMagic 6 is the perfect tool for properly recording family history. Using RootsMagic 6 focuses on the latest version of RootsMagic’s award-winning genealogy software.

• Getting the most out of Ancestry.com. Today, millions of people use Ancestry.com on a daily basis to search for their ancestors. And many of these researchers type in a name and, possibly a location, and after clicking through thousands of search results, walk away in frustration! Does that sound familiar? Do the search results often prove to be muddled with hundreds of thousands of links? Used properly, Ancestry.com can provide some fairly powerful search options which are often overlooked. In “Getting the Most out of Ancestry.com,“ learn how to become an Ancestry.com power searcher with some easy search tips and techniques.

• Genealogy Resources at the Sullivan County Archives. Through the years, the Sullivan County Archives has acquired an extensive collection of historical and genealogical materials through donations and loans from various researchers across the U.S. One of the largest repositories of its kind in the region, the Archives Research Center has some rare and unique research materials to assist genealogists in their research. Family historians who may be specifically researching Sullivan County often find it especially challenging since many of the county records burned in 1863 during the Battle of Blountville. In Genealogy Resources at the Sullivan County Archives, learn about some intuitive research aids that you might otherwise miss, not only on your Sullivan County ancestors, but those in surrounding counties of Virginia, North Carolina and other states throughout the U.S.

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