Learn how to start researching family during a Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) workshop from 9AM to noon Saturday, October 13, at the Works Progress Administration Gym at Historic Washington State Park at 100 Morrison St.

The Arkansas State Archives, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will present “Tracing Your Arkansas Roots: Genealogy 101” workshop held by SARA, a branch of the Arkansas State Archives.

“This half-day workshop will help Arkansans discover their family histories and the depths of their Arkansas roots,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage in a press release.
The event is free, but registration is required at https://saragenealogy101.eventbrite.com.
Archival Manager Melissa Nesbitt will present “Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History." Then, professional genealogist and special speaker Thea Baker will discuss “Document Analysis for the Beginning Genealogist.”
Baker, who is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Arkansas Genealogical Society, is an expert in tracing family ancestry and does research for television shows related to genealogy.
Sue Bennett, another special speaker and curator of the Visual Resources Library at the University of Central Arkansas, will present “Hitting the Road: Where to Go, What to Pack and How to Plan Your Genealogy Road Trip.” The library provides images for classroom use, study and research and holds collections including historical images.
After the presentations, attendees can do research at SARA. Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees can win door prizes from Ancestry.com.

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