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Celebrate ‘Family History Day’ the Saturday after Thanksgiving
(Published: November 25, 2013)

The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us spend time reconnecting with family members and sharing family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.

For the third consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research.

Trent Hanner, a reference librarian at TSLA, will host a beginning genealogy workshop providing an overview of resources available at the library and how to navigate through various databases. Afterwards, staff will be on hand to help visitors with their research.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the TSLA auditorium, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville.

While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, call (615) 741-2764 or e-mail workshop.tsla@tn.gov. Please note that TSLA will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, so it's important to make reservations before then.

Although parking in front of TSLA's building is limited due to construction, there is plenty of additional parking behind the building.

"Researching family history is a great way to spend a Saturday," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "Many people who give genealogy a try quickly find themselves hooked on a rewarding new hobby."