Genealogy is on our minds

Mary Pom ClaiborneDowntown

For some families, stories of great grandpa’s crazy antics may be typical fodder for every family gathering, but knowing what’s true or filling in the details may take a little digging. Fortunately, the staff at the East Tennessee History Center can help guide you through the journey into your family’s history. There are resources aplenty to help you discover family lore. Historical newspapers, city directories, Sandborn Maps, official records, census data and the list goes on. But if you don’t know how to best use those resources, it’s all for naught.

Fortunately, the History Center offers workshops to help you along the way:

Beginning Genealogy | June 10 at 1 p.m. | McClung Classroom 3rd Floor

This session provides an overview of how to conduct genealogical research, including helpful charts and forms, free internet research sites, genealogy software and other beneficial tips. Instructor: Ann Blomquist, editor Tennessee Ancestors, East Tennessee Historical Society

Autosomal DNA for Genealogy | June 13 at 6 p.m. | McClung Classroom 3rd Floor

This session may sound more like a chemistry class but watch your ancestors emerge through science. Participants will be introduced to the following subjects: cells/chromosomes/DNA, types of DNA studies (Y, mito, auto), DNA strings, string inheritance, five-generation possibility, autosomal descent, matching probabilities, time arenas, ethnic origins, limitations. Instructor: Dr. George Schweitzer, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee.

If you can’t make either of these sessions, keep an eye out on the calendar for more coming up. And you are always welcome to call a reference librarian at 865-215-8801 to help you navigate the many databases available.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library


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