Tracing your family roots? This genealogy event at Mississippi university will help you tell your family stories

Published 6:19 am Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Want to trace your roots? Don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have hit a “brick wall” in your family research.

One upcoming event is dedicated to helping you break through the “walls,” learn how to tell your family story and discover a little about yourself.

Learn how heirlooms tell family stories during the annual E.O. Templeton Jr. History and Genealogy Fair, scheduled for June 2 at Mitchell Memorial Library.

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“There will truly be something for everyone to learn—whether you have been doing genealogy for 20 years or you are not even sure where to begin,” said Jennifer McGillan, MSU Libraries’ coordinator of manuscripts. “Anyone interested in improving their skills in genealogy research or learning how heirlooms speak to us from the past should attend.”

Sharon Leslie Morgan of the Noxubee County Historical Society is this year’s keynote speaker, and her discussion, “Precious Things: Telling Family Stories with Heirlooms,” will begin the event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an heirloom to discuss.

“Precious heirlooms speak to us from the past. They are physical evidence of our family stories. This session will help you appreciate their significance,” Morgan said. “To participate, bring a special object that you use to tell a family story to share with the group.”

Following the opinion session will be two workshops: “Genealogy 101: Getting Started and Tips and Tricks for Mississippi” and “FamilySearch 101.”

Led by DeeDee Baldwin, assistant professor and history research librarian, “FamilySearch 101” will teach attendees how to use the free resources at to create and manage your tree and effectively search their records, including Mississippi records not found on

“We believe this year’s GenFair is going to be a great day with a lot of good information,” McGillan said. “We are looking forward to a large crowd.”

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