Learn how to uncover your family stories from expert researchers at the Tennessee State Library & Archives' free Family History Day on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, starting at 9:30 a.m. with research assistance available all day.
The Library & Archives' Family History Day has something to offer anyone wanting to research their family history, from beginners to seasoned genealogists. The event kicks off with two presentations, an introduction to the Library & Archives’ genealogical research collections led by Director of Public Services Gordon Belt, followed by a Genetic Genealogy presentation with Library & Archives staff members Lauren Hamric and Lindsay Hager.
During the Genetic Genealogy presentation, guests will learn how to use DNA test results to expand their family tree, confirm family stories or solve family mysteries. The presenters will compare testing companies and show guests how to analyze test results using real-life case studies.
“The upcoming holiday season is a great time to reconnect with our loved ones and share stories,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “This event is a great opportunity for families to spend time together and learn how to explore their history utilizing the vast resources of the Library & Archives."
As Tennessee’s premier research facility for history and genealogy, the Library & Archives provides a wealth of materials, including census records, newspapers, city directories, wills, marriages, vital records, military service records and many other sources.
After the Family History Day presentations, the Library & Archives Reading Room will be open with staff and volunteers from the Friends of the Tennessee State Library & Archives on hand to assist visitors as they begin to trace their family history. Attendees are encouraged to bring whatever information they have, including names, dates and places, to get started.
Although the Family History Day event is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. The Library & Archives will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday, so guests are encouraged to make reservations early. To make a reservation, visit bit.ly/TNFHD21.
“Since moving to our beautiful new facility, we are able to accommodate more guests at this year’s Family History Day than ever before,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. “Each year our staff looks forward to helping patrons uncover new family stories, and this year with the state-of-the-art technologies we have in place, our collections are even more accessible."
The Library & Archives is located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North on the northeast corner of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, across from the Tennessee State Museum. Parking is available for guests in the Library & Archives garage on Jackson Street/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, featuring displays highlighting the state's most precious historical documents, is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.
To reserve your spot to attend Family History Day, visit bit.ly/TNFHD21.  To learn more about the Library & Archives or schedule a research visit, call 615-741-2764, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit sos.tn.gov/tsla/plan-your-visit.