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

  • December 13, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    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...

Previous Genealogy Workshops

  • November 13, 2022 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    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.

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  • October 24, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    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 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    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 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    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 - 1:00pm to August 2, 2020 - 2:45pm

    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 - 1:00pm to July 19, 2020 - 3:45pm

    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.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 6, 2020 - 10:00am to June 7, 2020 - 11:45am

    Instructor: Steve Cotham, MA, MLS, Manager, McClung Historical Collection. The book, microfilm, manuscript, and internet facilities of the McClung Historical Collection, and how to use them to advance your genealogical research. Tour of the Collection included. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to May 17, 2020 - 2:45pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to explore the seven major genealogical sites: Ancestry, Family Search, FindmyPast, MyHeritage, Fold3, Google, Cyndis List.  Call 865-215-8809 starting May 4 to register.