The 11th annual Regional Genealogical Fair was held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in MS U's Mitchell Memorial Library.
Sessions featured African American genealogy, the Internet, and the philosophy of doing family history. Connie Taylor of Detroit, Michigan, shared her experiences in tracing her African American family from the Oktoc community to West Point to Chicago and the wider world. Taylor demonstrated 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 demonstrated the Find-a-Grave project, a cooperative Internet resource for locating ancestral burial sites. Jack Elliott of Clay County discussed reasons people want to trace their families and how that may influence what they find. Additionally, one-on-one assistance with specific research problems was available. Tours of the Libraries' exhibits and genealogical resources rounded out the day.
For more information, please contact MSU Libraries' Special Collections department at (662) 325-7679 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit http://library.msstate.e du/workshops/genealogy/.
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