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State Library and Archives to Host Workshop on Researching Native American Ancestry
(Published: October 25, 2010)

People who want to learn more about their Native American ancestors are encouraged to attend the latest in a series of workshops and seminars sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The workshop, titled “Researching Your Native American Ancestry,” will be presented by Pixy Morgan, a librarian and researcher of historical, political and genealogical materials. She is currently the publications manager for Arnold Engineering Development Center.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the State Library and Archives building. The building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville, directly across the street from the Tennessee State Capitol. The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State.

This workshop deals with sources of possible information, including the National Archives and Records Administration, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and other Internet resources that are available at many public libraries.

Researchers will receive guidance on how to use indexes such as Cherokee by Blood to find their relatives who applied for government funds and filled out genealogical information as part of the application process. Resources on Native American history that are available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be highlighted as well.

Ms. Morgan’s daughter, Kelley, who is an anthropologist/archaeologist and has worked closely with the Choctaw family at the Chucalissa Museum and Archaeological site, will be assisting at the presentation.

Those wishing to attend the workshop must contact TSLA to reserve a seat as the number of attendees is limited. Reservations can be made via e-mail to workshop.tsla@tn.gov. Patrons can also register by telephone by calling 615-741-2764. Parking is available in front, on the side and in back of the Library and Archives building.