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June 18, 2024

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Uncover Your Family Story During Family History Day

Come out to the Tennessee State Library & Archives to learn the tools to discover the stories of your community.

From beginners to seasoned genealogists, anyone can learn how to discover their family stories at the Tennessee State Library & Archives’ Family History Day on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting at 9:30 a.m. with research assistance available all day.

About Family History Day

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 and show them how to preserve and care for their family letters, photographs and mementos. To begin their research, attendees are encouraged to bring any information already they have, including names, dates, addresses, etc.

“The Library & Archives has a wide range of physical and online resources to help our patrons research properties,” said James Ritter, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. “During this year’s Family History Day our team of experts will help guests utilize our collections to help them discover their unique family stories.”

This year’s Family History Day featured presentation is “Welcome Home: Unlocking History Through the Places We Live”, led by Librarian Trent Hanner. In the presentation, attendees will learn tools to discover the stories of their community by learning how to research the places where we live and work.

Although the Family History Day event is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit

About the Library & Archives

The Library & Archives, a division of the Department of State, collects documents of historical and reference value, focusing on items about Tennessee and Tennesseans. The Library and Archives’ collections include state and county records, censuses and genealogical information, military records, penitentiary records, newspapers, city directories and telephone books, maps, photographs, general reference materials and more.

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. The interactive exhibit lobby, featuring displays that highlight some of the state’s most precious historical documents, is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Family History Day or to make a reservation, visit For more information about the Library & Archives or schedule a research visit, call 615-741-2764, email or visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.