Genealogy Workshops

The Genealogy Workshops listed below are Previous Genealogy Workshops. ETHS and its programmatic partner Knox County Public Library are currently planning workshops for later in 2022. Updates will be posted here and on social media. In the meantime, Knox County Public Library's online guide Genealogy–Where to Start? is available at:

Previous Genealogy Workshops

  • Genealogy Workshop
    May 9, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Critically reading sources is deeply important for genealogical and historical analysis. Participants in this workshop will learn how to identify primary and secondary sources; interrogate the sources with five primary questions of historical analysis; and explore the types (and validity) of information that may be extracted from sources,...

  • Genealogy Workshop
    April 29, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Membership in First Families of Tennessee is tied to proof of descent from an ancestor who was in what is now Tennessee by 1796. This workshop will explore strategies for proving early residences, documenting generations, and connecting to established lines.

    This workshop is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is...

  • Genealogy Workshop
    April 11, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Historic newspapers are secondary sources that can provide both genealogical and biographical information. Participants in this session will discover techniques for searching digitized newspapers online, including repositories on Chronicling America and The session will focus on Tennessee newspapers.

    This workshop is free...

  • Genealogy Workshop
    March 25, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this workshop will explore resources for researching, documenting, and interpreting women’s stories, as well as hints on how to overcome challenges inherent to women’s history.

    Instructor: Lisa Norwood Oakley, vice president/curator of education, East Tennessee Historical Society


  • Genealogy Workshop
    March 14, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    If a house’s walls could talk, what would they tell you? This session introduces participants to techniques and resources for discovering the history of houses. Participants are encouraged to bring information that they have already collected about their own house to the session.

    This is workshop is free and open to the public; however,...

  • Genealogy Workshop
    February 25, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Coinciding with Black History Month, this program will explore strategies for tracing African American lineage and identifying accurate sources, such as the 1870 US Census, deeds, probate files, and Freedman’s records. Discussion will also center on how DNA testing, maps, oral interviews, family reunions, church records, and research trips may...

  • February 7, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Would you like to better familiarize yourself with the historical resources that the East Tennessee History Center has to offer? This program and walking tour introduces participants to the entire History Center (the Museum of East Tennessee History, Knox County Archives, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of...

  • January 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Are you interested in exploring your family history but not sure where to begin? This session provides participants an overview of how to conduct genealogical research, including helpful charts and forms, free internet research sites, genealogy software, and other beneficial tips.

    Presenter: Ann Blomquist, editor, "Tennessee Ancestors,"...