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State Library and Archives Promotes Family History Saturday
(Published: November 21, 2011)

OK, so the whole family is stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey. Everyone is shopped out after Black Friday. So what to do with the rest of the holiday weekend?

The staff at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is encouraging families to stop by for Family History Saturday, a time when they can research their roots together.

The library, located at 403 Seventh Ave. N. just west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville, will be open during its regular hours – 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. – on Saturday.

During that time, the TSLA staff is encouraging families who are tired of feasting or shopping to learn more about all the free resources available there. Available materials include census records, wills, marriage licenses, property deeds from throughout the Southeast, as well as free access to online databases with historical documents.

“Once people begin genealogical research, they may find it addictive,” said State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill. “Our staff is prepared to help anyone, from beginners to expert researchers, as they delve into their family histories.”

Sherrill encouraged visitors to bring notes and information acquired from older relatives or other family documents that may be useful in getting started with their research.

“Visiting the State Library and Archives is a great way to spend time with family not just this Saturday, but any time,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I encourage families to come out this Saturday for the first of what we hope will be many visits to the State Library and Archives.”

Parking is available around the library building.