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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 21
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by John Ware. The second hour will be led by Debbie Atchley.


    • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 31
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    Abandoned Memphis Cemeteries - Bill Pichette

    Mt. Zion Memorial Fund Investigator/Memphis Affiliate and Founder of The Little Pitcher Project, Bill Pichette, will present tales of three abandoned cemeteries in Memphis and how the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund works to preserve them and promote those stories.

    Be prepared to hear a little bit about the history of Memphis music along the way!

    For more information about the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund or the Little Pitcher Project select one of the sites below:

             Mt. Zion Memorial Fund              Little Pitcher Project


    • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 35
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    Streetcar Advertising in America

    The streetcar advertising era of 100 years ago was a pivotal period in American history that would ultimately determine many of the consumer brands and products that we enjoy today.  

    You might be surprised to learn that many of the consumer brands and products we enjoy today exist because of streetcar advertising.  The Industrial Revolution of the early 1900’s and a massive consumer audience riding over 50,000 streetcars in nearly 3,000 cities and towns in every state of the union provided a great opportunity for Barron Collier, a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He simply used streetcar advertising to bring these two forces together and created the largest streetcar advertising empire in the world. By age twenty-six, he was a millionaire and at one time had business offices in 70 cities with business interests in more than a thousand cities.

    In addition, Barron Collier would go on to own over 1.3 million acres of land in Florida and become one of the wealthiest men in America.  

    • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 58
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    State Archives Seminar

     The Tennessee Genealogical Society is hosting an event June 15, 2019, on the use of state Archives.  Representatives from the Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas Archives and/or Library will be presenting.  Each state will present sessions on the basic functions, services and contents of their state archives.  Additionally, they will have presentations on:

    • Preservation of Documents
    • Identification, Care and Management of Photographs
    • Tracing Your African-American Ancestors

    Time                    Description                                                                       Speaker                      
    9:00 - 9:15          Welcome    
    9:15- 10:15        Overview of the Arkansas Archives                          Lauren Jarvis
    10:15 - 11:15     Overview of the Tennessee Archives                       Gordon Belt
    11:15 - 11:30     Break    
    11:30 - 12:30     Overview of the Mississippi Archives                       Ally  Mellon
    12:30 - 1:00        Lunch                Shelby Co. Archives
    1:00 - 2:00          Tracing Your African American Ancestors              Joyce Dixon-Lawson
    2:00 - 3:00           Identification, Care and Mgmt. of Photographs  Erica Eaves
    3:00 - 3:15           Break    
    3:15 - 4:15           Preservation of Documents                                       Carol Roberts
    4:15 - 4:45           Final Q&A    
    4:45 - 5:00           Wrapup    


        • Saturday, June 22, 2019
        • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
        • 22
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by Joe Burns.  The second hour will be led by Debbie Atchley.


        • Thursday, June 27, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 13
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        Turn Your Brick Wall into a Yellow Brick Road

        Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

        A brick wall is not the end of the line for research. Let's explore ways to determine if more research can be done to solve your problem, and let's analyze the documents you have to make sure you've followed every lead to the fullest. This presentation will discuss the most common oversights in genealogy research and how to avoid being stuck behind a brick wall, giving you a yellow brick road to follow instead.

        • Saturday, June 29, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TNGS Offices7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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        Indians of West Tennessee: Have you met an Ofo Indian lately?

        Join us in welcoming Brent Cox to the Tennessee Genealogical Society. Professor Cox has been an educator, author, and researcher for over 20 .years

        His presentation will cover the Indians of West Tennessee and their spirituality,  This would include the Ofo, Chikasha, and Taneksanya tribes. The migration route that lasted about 20,000 years; Why they left and more.  He will also answer questions about Native America DNA and ancestry,


        • Saturday, July 06, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
        • 24
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        Introduction to Genealogy Software

        Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic

        For people who are not sure of which genealogy software program to choose, the Tennessee Genealogical Society will be conducting an introduction to the 4 most popular programs.

        This session will be led by P.Z. Horton and will focus on the Family Tree Maker 2017 and Roots Magic 7 software.  These are beginner’s classes covering the basic functions and use of the products. 

        • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike
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        How to Utilize DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS)

        Research Your Family Tree

        DAR membership not required!

        Join Jen-Marie Pera as she guide you through the use of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Genealogical Research System (GRS).  The GRS is an online genealogical portal. This is a collection of databases, which includes the Ancestor Database, Member Database, Descendants Database, DAR Library Catalog, DAR Genealogical Records Committee database and others. 

        • Thursday, July 11, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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        How Do I Know My Sources are "Good and My Research is Accurate?" - Kim Richardson

        Join Kim Richardson as she discusses, What makes a source a "good" source? How do you know it's reliable? How do you evaluate your research to know that it is solid? Are you using good research plans? Documenting your findings well? Or do you just feel lost? Overwhelmed? Don't know what to do next? Let's discuss finding information, using it as good evidence, and how to document as you go. This presentation was created from the standpoint of "I wish I knew that before I started researching!" and will have you on a good path in your genealogical journey.

        • Saturday, July 13, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Geremantown TN
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        Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

        Please join us for the Summer Membership Meeting open to members and non-members (Refreshments will be served). We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive updates on the Society’s 2019 Goals, upcoming events and projects. Refreshements will be served. 


        Speaker to be determined

        • Thursday, July 18, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TGNS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germnatown TN
        • 30
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        Genealogy Color Coded Files - Lisa Junkins

        Tired of realizing you have multiple copies of documents? Heard of color-coding but don’t know where to start? Join Lisa Junkins as she de-mystifies this organizational method for your genealogy files. Based on Mary E V. Hill’s method, we will talk about what supplies you need and how to sort your papers. Stop procrastinating and get the tools you need! 

        • Saturday, July 20, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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        Introduction to Genealogy Software

        Legacy Family Tree & Family Tree Builder

        For people who are not sure of which genealogy software program to choose, the Tennessee Genealogical Society will be conducting an introduction to the 4 most popular programs.

        This session will be led by John Ware and will focus on the Legacy Family Tree 9 and MyHeritage Family Tree Buider 8 software.  These are beginner’s classes covering the basic functions and use of the products. 

        • Saturday, July 27, 2019
        • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 39
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by Joe Burns. The second hour will be led by PZ Horton.
        • Saturday, August 17, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germnatown, TN
        • 38
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        Mid-South Duels: Walker- Marmaduke; Hamlin-Freeman; and Phelan-Brizzolera

        Join Donald Harrison, local historian and docent at Elmwood Cemetery, as he relates stories behind three duels involving six participants, five of them Memphians, in duels that occurred in the Memphis area and also Little Rock between 1863 and 1870. 

        The Marmaduke-Walker Duel was fought during the Civil War between Confederate brigadier generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius Marshall (Marsh) Walker.  Edward Lumpkin Hamlin was killed in a dueling match against Edward Thomas Freeman just south of the Tennessee border in Mississippi Finally, one of the last known of such affrays -- and the only one described in minute detail in the local papers -- took place on 29 June 1870 between two young Memphis  lawyers -- Capt. James  Brizzolara, and Capt. George Richard Phelan,. The two attorneys were careful not to violate Tennessee law, taking their firearms across the river to Hopefield, Ark., just opposite Monroe Street in Memphis.  The talk touches on the history and tradition of American duels and also gives background information and causes of the three mentioned duels.


        • Saturday, August 24, 2019
        • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 39
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by John Ware. The second hour will be led by Debbie Atchley.
        • Sunday, September 15, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
        • 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 24
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        TNGS “Show and Tell”

        To celebrate "Back to School" in September, TNGS is hosting the annual "Show and Tell" program where each participant is asked to bring an object, photo, or document that is important to his or her family’s history or family history research. Be prepared to tell a brief story about it to the audience. Each presentation will be limited to 3 - 5 minutes or so, based on attendance. Be sure to register as soon as possible so that we can get you on the program!  Come and enjoy the family stories even if you do not want to share.  You might get some research tips from someone else's research, or you might even realize that you, too, have some family treasures that you never thought were important. We always have fun sharing with each other! 

         Program facilitator: Carla Love Maitland.

        • Thursday, September 19, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 28
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        Mind Mapping for Genealogy and Using Collateral Research to Solve Genealogy Problems

        Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

        Mind Mapping - Are you stuck? Need new ideas about how to research a particular genealogy problem? Mind Mapping is a great tool to utilize in finding new avenues of research. This presentation will teach you how to think of all the possibilities and ideas for solving your particular problem. Plus, it's fun!

        Collateral Research - When you exhaust all known records for an ancestor, it is time to look elsewhere. It seems counterintuitive, but researching collateral ancestors is a great way to find the answers about your research questions. This presentation will tell you how to implement this research strategy to make you more successful.
        • Saturday, September 21, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 35
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        Tennessee Ancestry Certificate - Lisa Junkins

        Know you have an ancestor who settled in Tennessee before 1880 but you’re not sure how to prove it? Learn about documenting your ancestry and how to complete the application for Tennessee Genealogical Society’s Tennessee Settler Certificate. The society is gathering settlers for it fourth volume.

        Lisa Junkins had a career as an air traffic controller in Memphis. She raised a blended family of five and now has five grandsons. Lisa Junkins has been Registrar for Chief Piomingo Chapter, NSDAR for the last three years. She has completed DAR’s genealogy training courses: Genealogy Education Programs (GEP) I, II, and III. Lisa has presented numerous genealogy workshops for her chapter.

        • Saturday, September 28, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
        • 38
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by Joe Burns.  The second hour will be PZ Horton.


        • Saturday, October 12, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
        • 38
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        Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

        Please join us for the Fall Membership Meeting open to members and non-members (Refreshments will be served). We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive updates on the Society’s 2019 Goals, upcoming events and projects.


        Speaker to be determined


        • Thursday, October 17, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
        • 34
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        How to Research the Courthouse - Kim Richardson

        For beginning genealogists, an intimidating aspect of genealogy research is: How do I research in a courthouse? This presentation will discuss the types of records you're likely to find in a courthouse and how to utilize them. Also included are tips about scouting the courthouse before you go, meeting courthouse staff, using the records, and retrieving copies of the records.

        • Saturday, October 19, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
        • 38
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by John Ware.  The second hour will be led by Debbie Atchley


        • Saturday, November 02, 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN
        • 67
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        Amy Johnson Crow

        Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist with more than 20 years of experience helping people discover their family's history. She is an award-winning blogger, active lecturer, and author of the Modern Genealogy Made Easy website.  Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University.  Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery.

        Refund Policy: Full refund if request is received on or before October 17, 2019. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between October 18, 2019, and November 1, 2019. No refunds for requests received the day of the seminar or later.

        Deadline for Registration: Monday October 28, 2019

        Limited Space Available

        Doors open at 8:15 a.m.


        Session Schedule

        8:15 a.m. Registration

        9:00 – 9:10 - Opening Remarks & Introduction

        9:10 – 10:10 - Using Land Records Effectively

        10:10 - 10:30 BREAK

        10:30 - 11:30 - Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years

        11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

        12:30 – 1:30 - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records

        1:30 - 1:50 - BREAK

        1:50 - 2:50 - Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

        2:50 - 3:15 p.m. Q&A & Wrap-up

        • Thursday, November 07, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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        Tagging, Organizing, and Saving Heirlooms and Photographs

        Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

        What do you do with all this STUFF? Feeling overwhelmed by the piles of pictures? How will future generations even know what to do with the family heirlooms? This presentation will give you some guidance and practical ideas about how to solve those problems. Organizing and scanning photos, preserving pictures and old documents, and marking heirlooms will all be discussed.
        • Saturday, December 07, 2019
        • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
        • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
        • 38
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        Let's Discuss It !
        Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour will be led by Joe Burns.  The second hour will be led by Debbie Atchley


        • Saturday, January 18, 2020
        • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
        • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
        • 34
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        Organizing Your Genealogy Records and Genealogical Wills

        Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

        Organizing your files and records may seem overwhelming, but it does not have to be! In this presentation about sorting through all of those files, folders, photos, documents and data that are lying around in boxes and piles, we show you how to do it in a step by step, practical way. By incorporating simple changes in how you file your research, you can re-organize your files without a major overhaul. 

        You've done research and work for years.... but what will happen to it in the future? How can you ensure that your hard work is available for future researchers? How do you store your files? What about your online and electronic family trees and documents? This short presentation will show you exactly how to provide a future for your work. Tips for communicating your wishes along with sample wills are provided


      Past events

      Saturday, May 18, 2019 Using Dropbox for Genealogy - Sherri Onorati
      Saturday, May 04, 2019 Family Tree Maker at TNGS
      Saturday, April 27, 2019 Let's Discuss It (April)
      Saturday, April 20, 2019 McVay Gardens Cemetery Restoration - Andy Pouncey
      Saturday, April 13, 2019 Tennessee Genealogical Society - Membership Meeting
      Thursday, April 04, 2019 A Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry!
      Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Genealogy Writing Workshop - Carla Maitland
      Saturday, March 23, 2019 Let's Discuss It (March)
      Saturday, March 16, 2019 Spring Seminar - Debbie Duay
      Monday, March 11, 2019 Pink Palace Museum - Field Trip
      Thursday, March 07, 2019 Cheap Genealogy: Research and Education for the Frugal at Heart - Kim Richardson
      Saturday, March 02, 2019 Women's History Month - Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg
      Saturday, February 23, 2019 Let's Discuss It (February)
      Sunday, February 10, 2019 The Meaning of Names - Tina Sansone
      Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Genealogy 101 - Sessions 1-9
      Saturday, January 26, 2019 Let's Discuss It (January)
      Thursday, January 24, 2019 Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society (Jan)
      Saturday, January 12, 2019 TNGS Membership Meeting
      Thursday, December 13, 2018 Basics of Genealogy - Kim Richardson
      Saturday, December 08, 2018 Let's Discuss It (December)
      Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Why I Love City Directories - Nancy Walczyk
      Thursday, November 08, 2018 Facebook Groups for Genealogy - Debbie Atchley
      Saturday, November 03, 2018 Fall DNA Seminar - Dr. Blaine Bettinger
      Saturday, October 27, 2018 Genealogy and the Grim Reaper - Joe Burns & John Ware
      Saturday, October 13, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
      Sunday, October 07, 2018 Let’s “Show and Tell” Again! - Carla Maitland
      Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Using DNA to find Birth Family - Tina Sansone
      Saturday, September 22, 2018 Let's Discuss It (September)
      Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Looking for a Tennesse Ancestor? The TNGS Research Request Process - Nancy Walczyk
      Saturday, September 15, 2018 Kentucky State Research - Debbie Atchley
      Saturday, August 25, 2018 FamilyTree DNA Group Projects - Deborah Parks
      Thursday, August 23, 2018 Census Records - Kim Richardson
      Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Spy Sisters with Donald Harrison
      Saturday, August 04, 2018 Ancestry Card Catalog - Joe Burns
      Saturday, July 28, 2018 DNA Part 2 - I have my DNA results, now what can I do with them?) - Debbie Atchley
      Saturday, July 21, 2018 Genealogy Blogs and Blogging
      Tuesday, July 17, 2018 State Research - Arkansas
      Saturday, July 14, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
      Saturday, June 30, 2018 So You Think Everything is on the Internet? Therese Fisher
      Saturday, June 23, 2018 Let's Discuss It (June)
      Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Why I Love City Directories - Nancy Walczyk
      Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Murder, Mystery & Scandal - Donald Harrison
      Thursday, May 24, 2018 Case Studies - Kim Richardson
      Saturday, May 19, 2018 Let's Discuss It (May)
      Sunday, May 06, 2018 Let Me Share My Family’s History!
      Thursday, May 03, 2018 DNA Part 1 - Which test do I need to order? - Debbie Atchley
      Saturday, April 28, 2018 Let's Discuss It (April)
      Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Using Dropbox for Genealogy - Sherri Onorati
      Saturday, April 14, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
      Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Robert E. Lee's Orderly - Al Arnold
      Saturday, April 07, 2018 Spring Seminar - Lisa Louise Cooke
      Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Searching Native Roots - Jason Terrell
      Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Women's Suffage in Tennessee - Paula Casey
      Saturday, March 17, 2018 Let's Discuss It (March)
      Tuesday, March 13, 2018 March Seminar - Newspaper Research
      Saturday, February 24, 2018 Let's Discuss It (February)
      Saturday, February 10, 2018 February Seminar - Dr. Beverly G. Bond
      Saturday, January 27, 2018 Let's Discuss It (January)
      Saturday, January 06, 2018 Organizing Your Family Genealogy
      Saturday, December 09, 2017 Let's Discuss It
      Saturday, November 18, 2017 Researching WWI Veterans : A Soldier's Story

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      mailto:tngs@tngs.org

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      Physical Address:
      7779 Poplar Pike
      Germantown, TN 38138

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      Germantown, TN 38183-1824

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