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Originally published at by Sasha Steinberg

Mississippi State University Libraries is hosting the sixth annual E.O. Templeton Jr. History and Genealogy Fair on June 1 at Mitchell Memorial Library.

Admission is free, but those interested in attending the 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. event are asked to register online at Participants can purchase a boxed lunch.

Charles Ross and Jeffrey Jackson, co-chairs of the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group, will give a 9:15 a.m. keynote presentation.

Pattye Archer, coordinator at MSU Libraries' Digital Media Center, will lead a lunchtime "Make Your Own Family Tree" program.

At 2:30 p.m., Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Archivist Amanda Bell and Delta Chinese Heritage Museum Archivist Emily Jones will lead a panel discussion.

Other activities and workshops include:

—"Ancestry 101" and "Ancestry/Online Genealogy 201," led by MSU Libraries Assistant Professor DeeDee Baldwin.

—"Maximizing DNA Research," led by MSU Associate Professor of Music Ryan Ross.

—"Oral History 101," led by MSU Libraries University Archivist Jessica Perkins Smith.

—"Make a Digital Family Story Map," led by MSU Libraries Assistant Professor Corinne Kennedy.

—"Military Genealogy," led by Assistant Professor Jenifer Ishee Hoffman of MSU Libraries' Manuscripts Division.

Participants also can take tours of the library's Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum, John Grisham Room, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, and Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana. The Special Collections Department will be open for genealogy research, and door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

Funding is provided in part from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

For more information, contact Jennifer McGillan, MSU Libraries assistant professor, at 662-325-3071 or

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