Event- Keeping the Faith: Family History Research in Nashville’s Religious Archives

The form for this is here.

If you don’t have time to get the form in, email Jim at archivist@tnumc.org by the deadline and he will call the organizer and get you on the list.
Keeping the Faith: Family History Research in Nashville’s Religious Archives
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Bellevue YMCA
The cost is only $5.00 and includes a boxed lunch. Speakers include McGarvey Ice (Disciples of Christ Historical Society); Taffey Hall (Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives); Greg Poole (Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee); Jim Havron (Tennessee Methodist Conference Archives); Jim Hoobler (Downtown Presbyterian Church); Carol Hansen (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center); Mary A.E. Dickerson (African American Records); and Annette Ratkin (Jewish Federation Library and Archives). To register, complete the lower portion of the informational flyer and mail, along with $5.00 for lunch, to Taffey Hall / SBHLA / 901 Commerce Street, #400 / Nashville, TN 37203. Registration deadline is October 23.


Update:  Google Map link to YMCA, which is at 8101 HWY 100, Nashville (Bellevue) 37221:



African-American Genealogy Workshop in Nashville-Event Announcement

The following announcment has been released for those who might be interested.




NASHVILLE ¾ Award-winning author John F. Baker, Jr., will present a workshop on doing African American genealogy as told through his own genealogical research which produced his recently published book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation:  Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 9:00AM until 10:30AM at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

Baker discovered the story of his ancestors quite by accident when he saw a photograph of four former slaves, entitled “Black Tennesseans,” in a seventh grade social studies book.  Later he learned that two of them were his grandmother’s grandparents.  Baker has lived his entire life just a few miles from Wessyngton Plantation in a town populated by hundreds of descendants of its former slaves.  For more than thirty years, he has been researching, conducting interviews, and collecting photographs and information about them and the hundreds of others enslaved on the plantation.

Baker has written extensively on Wessyngton and the lives of African Americans there.  The National Historical Home submission, Families and Cabins: Archaeological and Historical Investigations at Wessyngton Plantation included his paper, which earned him a national history award from the American Association for State and Local History.

Those wishing to attend the workshop must contact TSLA to reserve a seat as the number of attendees is limited. Reservations can be made via e-mail to workshop.tsla@state.tn.us. Patrons can also register by telephone by calling 615-741-2764.  Parking is available in front, on the side, and in back of the Library and Archives building.

for more information CONTACT:

TSLA Public Services

403 Seventh Avenue North

Nashville, TN  37243

Fax:  615-741-6471               Email:  workshop.tsla@tn.gov”

Sounds good. African-American Genealogy has many challenges.