NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Discover untold family stories at the Tennessee State Library & Archives Family History Day on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, starting at 9:30 a.m. with research assistance available all day.
"The Library & Archives is Tennessee’s premier genealogical resource full of valuable resources to discover untold stories," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "I encourage anyone interested in learning more about the history of their family and community to join us at our Family History Day event."
The Family History Day featured presentation is “Early Tracks and Trails Across the South,” led by guest speaker J. Mark Lowe. During the presentation, attendees will learn how to use tools at the Library & Archives to locate pathways created initially by animals and later followed by humans, eventually leading settlers and families throughout the South and beyond.
Genealogist and author J. Mark Lowe specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Lowe is the Course Coordinator for “Research in the South” at The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Gregoria, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research. He has published articles in several publications, including The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History. Lowe was born and raised in Robertson County.
“Each year we look forward to welcoming frequent and first-time guests to Family History Day,” said Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Jamie Ritter. “Our staff and expert researchers always enjoy assisting guests in discovering unknown tales of their ancestors.”
On Family History Day, Library & Archives staff and volunteers from the Friends of the Tennessee State Library & Archives will assist visitors as they trace their family history.
Guests can also make appointments with Conservation staff for guidance on the preservation of historical family records and photographs following the featured presentation. Appointments for the “Conservation Clinic” are available on a first come, first served basis.
In addition, Sumner County materials from the Peyton Family Papers, 1790-1999, will be on display located near the Reading Room.
Although Family History Day is free to attend, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit sos.tn.gov/tnfhd.
The Library & Archives is located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North on the northeast corner of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The Library & Archives garage is on Junior Gilliam Way.
The Library & Archives is open for research throughout the year, Tuesday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. The interactive exhibit lobby is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.