Today, March 12, is Genealogy Day!
Genealogy Day is a day to recognize and celebrate family history.
Researching your family history can be an exciting, fun project and a great way to connect with your ancestors and family.
Genealogy, although a great hobby, can be time consuming and overwhelming for the beginner. One of the first things you should do before you jump into researching your family tree is gather as much information as you can that is already available to you. Start documenting birth, death, and marriage dates of your closest relatives. Also, try to narrow down places your ancestors have lived. A great resource to start with is living relatives. Talk to your parents and grandparents, you may be surprised about all of the information they can give you about your family history.
Once you have basic information (names, dates, and places) there are many resources available for genealogy research.
If you live in Kingsport or the surrounding area, a great place to start is the Kingsport Public Library and Archives.The Palmer Room, located on the 4th floor of the library has a great selection of local and regional histories, family histories and genealogy research materials that can get you started on learning about your ancestors.
Resources available in the Palmer Room include the materials listed below and much more.
• Handbooks (materials for beginners)
• Family histories
• City Directories and Telephone Books
• Digital photographs of tombstones in area cemeteries
• Marriage and death record indexes
• Census microfilm
• Microfilm readers with printers
• Everton’s Genealogical Helper and other magazines
• Maps (local, regional, Tennessee and Virginia)
• Newspaper microfilm (1916 to present)
• Computer access to thousands of genealogy Web sites
• Ancestry Plus Online (only available on the library’s computers)
• Heritage Quest (available online remotely with your library card)
• War of the Rebellion (129 volumes with index)
• Rosters of confederate and Union Soldiers
• Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files (online)
• Freedman’s Bank records (online)
• Virginia Military Records
Also, the library has a wonderful staff to help you get started. They aren’t able to do the research for you, but they can certainly point you in the right direction.