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:

Upcoming Genealogy Workshops

  • 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,"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


Previous Genealogy Workshops

  • January 17, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Navigating Family Search–the world’s largest free genealogical website–can be overwhelming. Participants in this session will review strategies for investigating Family Search’s available records, family trees, catalog of library items, research guides, maps, and more. Please create a free user account at prior to attending the...

  • December 13, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    At times, genealogical research reveals more than names and dates; it may also uncover family photographs, letters, Bibles, or other heirlooms. What are the best practices for caring for these historic objects? This session will provide practical tips for preserving family heirlooms and other objects of historical value.

    This workshop is...

  • November 13, 2022 - 8:30am to 10:30am

    Do you have an ancestor who served in the military? This session will share techniques for finding veterans online, including their service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, and obituaries. Participants are encouraged to bring names and states of known or suspected veteran ancestors.

    This workshop...

  • October 24, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    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...

  • September 26, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    Searching Ancestry–the world’s largest genealogical website–can be daunting. Participants in this session will review strategies for searching Ancestry’s billions of resources, including census and voter lists; birth, marriage, and death records; military, immigration, and emigration records; newspapers and periodicals; and pictures, stories,...

  • A Celebration of the East Tennessee History Center
    August 20, 2022 - 5:00am to 11:00am

    Visit the East Tennessee History Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2022, for the inaugural History Hootenanny! The event features the best of the East Tennessee History Center, including live music and fun activities in the Museum of East Tennessee History, genealogy workshops, a used local history book sale, book signings...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 1, 2020 - 8:00am to August 2, 2020 - 9:45am

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Students will explore various maps in books, in print, and online; how to understand public-land deeds and metes-and-bounds deeds; where to find migration maps; and map collections in the McClung Collection. Participants should bring information on their families. Call 865-215-8809 starting July 20 to register....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 18, 2020 - 8:00am to July 19, 2020 - 10:45am

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Advanced techniques in genealogical research beyond online sources with special attention to primary sources. Participants should have completed some family research including census and internet work, and should bring the research they have already done.  Call 865-215-8809 starting July 6 to register.