Do you know your roots?

0 Comments 📅August 19th, 2010, 20:41

genealogyIt is always interesting to see where we’ve come from to help determine where we need to go. We are constantly looking at our past successes to make our future events even better. A glance in the rearview mirror especially keeps us mindful of the people and events that have helped make us what we are today.

That’s what thousands of genealogists and genealogy enthusiasts will be focused on during the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2010 National Conference going on here at the Knoxville Convention Center August 18-21. This searching for our roots has become a very popular national pastime.

Our area is an important region in genealogical research. As an early frontier from which pioneers headed into the new western territories, many Americans can trace their ancestry through East Tennessee. So it is not surprising that this significant event is in Knoxville.

Convention goers will find a wide array of activities at the conference, from sessions on how to research various record data bases to information on DNA testing, TVA grave removal records and informational classes. There will be an exhibit hall, free and open to the public, with some interesting information for anyone from serious genealogists to those just getting interested in the search. Plus, there is a free “Kids Camp” with some hands-on learning from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. The event will have something for everyone interested in delving into history at the most basic family level.

We are already comparing notes over here about our family trees. Some of us are well into the process; others aren’t yet past their grandparents’ generation. But we are all excited to host this interesting group for their national conference at the Knoxville Convention Center. We hope the public will take advantage of the open activities.

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