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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Genealogy 101 Lecture Series –  Introductory Series to Research

    The Tennessee Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a series of seminars designed to explore the various aspects of genealogical records, research skills and processes to advance the joining of generations.  This series will begin the evening of Tuesday January 29th at 7:00 p.m. and at the conclusion of the series, there will be two workshops sessions, where participants will be able to schedule a hands-on engagement with one of the series lectures or other experienced researchers from the Society’s membership for individualized assistance with their family research.  This seminar series is designed for those new to family research to learn insights and skill building techniques.  

    Genealogy 101 - Seminar Schedule:

    Session 1 – Tuesday January 29st (7:00 pm) - An Introduction to Genealogy and DNA - Debbie Atchley

    Session 2 - Tuesday February 12th (7:00 pm) - Organizing and Record Keeping - P.Z. Horton

    Session 3 - Tuesday February 26th (7:00 pm) - Source Citations – Gail Braddock

    Session 4 - Tuesday March 12th (7:00 pm) - Census Records - John Ware

    Session 5 - Tuesday March 19th (7:00 pm) - Vital Records - Therese Fisher

    Session 6 - Tuesday April 09th (7:00 pm) - Probate Records and Wills - Sherri Onorati

    Session 7 - Tuesday April 23rd (7:00 pm) - Land Records - Joe Burns

    Session 8 - Tuesday May 14th (7:00 pm) - Military Records - John Ware

    Session 9 - Tuesday May 21st (7:00 pm) - Immigration & Naturalization Records - Tina Sansone

    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
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    Let's Discuss It !

    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  John Ware will lead the first half, examining the latest genealogical websites and tools. 
    Debbie Atchley will lead the second hour in a discussion on GEDMATCH.  GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists.



    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TNGS Offices7779 Polar Pike Germantown TN
    • 8
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    Now’s the Time to Write it Down!

    Join Carla Love Maitland (The Sassygenealogist) as she leads a series of workshop sessions designed to inspire you to organize that wealth of information you’ve gathered from your genealogical research and teach you various methods of writing it down. The class will be writing every session, so bring pen, pencil, notebook, notepad, or your computer or iPad. (Choose your own tools of the trade!)  Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early.

    Session 1 – The Why (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

    Session 2 – The Who (Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

    Session 3 – The What (Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

    Session 4 – The How (Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

    • Thursday, April 04, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 7772 Southern Ave Germantown, TN
    • 35
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    A Conversation with Kenyatta!

    Join us for this exciting opportunity to enjoy a “Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry,” co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.  Kenyatta will be in Germantown, TN to talk about genealogy, family history, and her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy. She will be offering copies for sale at the close of the vent

    The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help genealogists navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, sometimes exhilarating waters of finding ancestors. From how and where to begin, to what records are available online and in repositories. From what to do once you find the information, to how to share your story, and (of course DNA) discoveries.

    Kenyatta D. Berry is a professional genealogist, entrepreneur and attorney with more than 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey with research at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing while in law school. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, the city in which her ancestors have lived since the 1920’s.

    REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY. NO WALK-INS

    Copies of the Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy will be on sale at the event.

    In association with the Memphis Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

    (Event location is the historic New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Germantown, TN.)

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Please join us for the Spring 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.

    Join us after the meeting, as we welcome Kaye Strong who will present a program about Quilts and the Underground Railroad. The presentation will tell the story of how slaves in the south used quilts to aid in the successful escape of slaves to Canada prior to the civil war. Also of the way African cultures were preserved in quilting. The quilt and history are based on the book Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard,Ph.D.  The story was interpreted to quilting by Eleanor Burns and Sue Bouchard.  It is a story rich in cultures, courage, faith and cooperation preserved in quilting. 


    • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 39
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    McVay Gardens Cemetery Restoration

    Join us in welcoming Andrew Pouncey, as the featured speaker at our April 20th presentation.  Andrew will be speaking to us on McVay Gardens Cemetery in Germantown and the progress and discoveries the Germantown Museum has made in its restoration and documentation.

    • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 36
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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 PZ Horton.


    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
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    Using Dropbox for Genealogy

    Join us as Sherri Onorati presents the ins and outs of the file hosting service Dropbox and how it can be used in Genealogy and Genealogical Research.

    Biography: Sherri Panchaud Onorati has always loved history and has been researching her family history for more than 25 years -  a love born from the stories of her Great Auntie Audie.She began her research journey while serving in the United States Navy, and although she retired from the Navy after serving 23 years in 2006, she is far from retiring her family history search!  A Jill-of-all-trades, she has taught high school remedial reading, works as a freelance reporter for The Leader, a board operator and bookkeeper for US 51 Country 93.5FM and Covington Broadcasting. She is a Tennessee Archives Institute graduate and a certified archives manager, and she is currently the archivist and program coordinator for the Tipton County Museum. Sherri currently writes three blogs, including one for the Tennessee Genealogical Society, the Tipton County Museum's Beneath the Dirt, and her own personal blog, Family Heirlooms, and maintains three websites. In her spare time, Sherri teaches a beginning genealogy course in Tipton County, acts as the president of the Friends of the Tipton County Public Library group and secretary for her motorcycle club. She is married and has three sons and two grandsons and has been a resident of TN and Tipton County for the past 17 years.

    For more on Sherri Onorati, see this article Sherri

    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
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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, June 15, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Pickering Center 7777 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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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

    9:00 - 9:15

    Welcome

    9:15- 10:15

    Overview of the Tennessee Archives

    10:15 - 11:15

    Overview of the Arkansas Archives

    11:15 - 11:30

    Break

    11:30 - 12:30

    Overview of the Mississippi Archives

    12:30 - 1:00

    Lunch

    1:00 - 2:00

    Tracing Your African American Ancestors

    2:00 - 3:00

    Identification, Care and Management of Photographs

    3:00 - 3:15

    Break

    3:15 - 4:15

    Preservation of Documents

    4:15 - 4:45

    Final Q&A

    4:45 - 5:00

    Wrapup

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
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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
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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, July 06, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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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. 

    • 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
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 41
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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 24, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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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 a presenter to be named later.
    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 36
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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 28, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 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 PZ Horton.


    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 40
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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


    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 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


    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN
    • 92
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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
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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
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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, 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
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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Physical Address:
7779 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138

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Germantown, TN 38183-1824

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