Monday, August 4, 2014

TSLA and Ancestry join forces for the Tennessee Ancestry Library Event

The Tennessee State Library and Archives and are teaming up for a big genealogy event in Nashville. Beginning Sept. 16th, special lectures and research assistance are scheduled each day at the Library & Archives (TSLA). On Saturday, Sept. 20th, a full day of presentations designed to help family historians trace their roots will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown. The event, known as TALE, is titled Tennessee Ancestry Library Event.

The presentations will include information about using “old fashioned” research in libraries and archives, as well as focusing on on-line resources. Among the topics to be covered are research in court records, using Family Search software to store your findings, and using DNA testing in genealogy.

State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill says, “TSLA and have a great partnership, and many Tennessee records are available free on Ancestry as a result. These events in September are designed to bring in people who mainly know genealogy as an online research experience. We want to help these folks know that the records online just scratch the surface. They can tell their family story much better by visiting the library and using original records that are not yet available online.”

One of the sessions on Saturday promises to be a special treat. Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist from Springfield, will tell the story of “The Tennessee girl who swallowed a snake: truth or fiction?” Lowe will explain how records from the archives helped reveal the facts behind a 19th-century Rutherford County tradition surrounding Thankful Taylor and the doctor who extracted a snake several feet long from her mouth.

Registration for the pre-conference events at TSLA can be completed online at Registration for the Saturday conference at the Sheraton is online at For more information, contact the Library and Archives at (615) 741-2764.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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