Genealogy Fair in its 11th year at MSU Libraries

The 11th annual Regional Genealogical Fair has been scheduled June 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mississippi State’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

Sessions featuring African-American genealogy, the Internet, and the philosophy of doing family history will highlight the day’s events.

Connie Taylor of Detroit, Mich., will share her experiences in tracing her African-American family from the Oktoc community to West Point to Chicago and the wider world.

Taylor will demonstrate locating both general and local resources via the Internet, networking with relatives to learn family history, and pulling together family reunions.

Most recently, Taylor has been using DNA to connect her family across three continents.

Taylor’s techniques can be used by anyone interested in building a rich family history and connecting living relatives.

MSU Libraries’ Special Collections staff member DeeDee Baldwin will demonstrate the Find-a-Grave project, a cooperative Internet resource for locating ancestral burial sites.

Jack Elliott of Clay County will discuss reasons people want to trace their families and how that may influence what they find.

Additionally, one-on-one assistance with specific research problems will be available, and those interested should bring documentation regarding their research. Tours of the Libraries’ exhibits and genealogical resources will round out the day.

Registration for the 11th annual Regional Genealogical Fair is free but limited to 100 participants.

Box lunches will be available for $8 and should be reserved before noon June 2.

For more information and to pre-register, please contact MSU Libraries’ Special Collections department at 325-7679 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit http://library.msstate.edu/workshops/genealogy.

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