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State Library and Archives Hosting Workshop on Genealogy Research
(Published: May 11, 2011)

As seen on numerous popular television shows, DNA testing has revolutionized the way that crimes are solved. Now, DNA testing is the newest tool in genealogy research and the topic of the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ (TSLA) next public services workshop.

On June 18 at the State Library and Archives building, J. Mark Lowe will explain DNA fundamentals, how to use DNA to conduct research and how to confirm results in his class “Understanding the Basics of DNA Testing for Genealogical Research.”

Working from Robertson County, Lowe has risen to national prominence in the field of genealogy. While serving as an instructor at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Utah and the RIGS Alliance at the National Archives, he still makes time to research in the Southeast and volunteer for TSLA.

“DNA testing has become a major new tool for genealogists to break through difficult family history lines and develop new plans for research,” said Lowe.

For the first time, TSLA will offer a workshop twice in the same day - once from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. - to allow more people to learn about this fast-growing type of research.

TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

“We are pleased to offer this new genealogy class for free to any interested Tennesseans,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “The Library and Archives works hard to offer interesting classes with great lecturers and I know this workshop certainly fits that description.”

To attend the free workshop, contact TSLA to reserve a spot by calling (615) 741-2764 or e-mailing workshop.tsla@tn.gov. The State Library and Archives is located at 403 7th Avenue North in Nashville next to the State Capitol building. Limited parking is available in front, beside and behind the building.