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Dig up your family tree at workshops

January 9th, 2012 3:58 am by Staff Report

There’s a lot that novice genealogists need to know to get started in genealogical research. How to use census information, books, microfilm and websites, for example. How to know what’s trustworthy information, and how to verify that information. What other resources are available.


The Sullivan County Public Library and Northeast State’s Wayne G.


Basler Library will partner to present four genealogy seminars at no cost to the public. Each of the identical seminars will be presented by Theresa McMahan, director of the Sullivan County Public Library System, and Chrissie Anderson Peters, reference and outreach librarian at Wayne G. Basler library as well as an accomplished amateur genealogist.


Participants are encouraged to bring pencil and paper, as well as their own laptop computer and, if they want to get started on their research, they need names and dates, McMahan said.


“We tell them to bring pencil and paper. We’re going to have handouts. If they want to look for something, they need to have dates and names. They just can’t come in and say, ‘John Smith.’ If we pull that up, we’re going to find thousands,” she said.


McMahan said she and Anderson Peters are presenting the seminars because of the numbers of people who come to the library needing help with their research. Each two-hour seminar will cover how to get started in genealogical research. This includes where to start, what resources to use and how to use those resources. Hands-on activities will be provided, as well as guidance for those who need or wish for it.


The seminars will be held on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. They will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wayne G. Basler Library at Northeast State University, and from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sullivan County Public Library in Blountville.


Each session is limited to 15 participants, and registration is required. To sign up for one of the Northeast sessions, call Anderson Peters at 354-2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu? . To sign up for a session at Sullivan County Public Library, call McMahan at 279-2715, or e-mail at tmcmah a n @ w r l i b r a r y. o r g .

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