Category Archives: Genealogy

Genealogy Workshop — 10/21/2015 @ 1 p.m. in the Memphis Room



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by | October 20, 2015 · 3:38 pm

Free Genealogy Workshops in May!

Free genealogy workshops will be offered on Tuesday nights in May.

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by | April 15, 2015 · 6:06 pm

It’s that time again – Genealogy Workshops start Wednesday!

October Genealogy Workshops

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by | September 29, 2014 · 5:56 pm

Bolton, Dickens & Co. Record of Slaves, 1856 – 1858

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This document, created by Shirley Neely, is an oft-requested resource in the Memphis Room.  Featuring a transcription and compilation of the records of one of the largest slave dealers in Memphis during the middle part of the 1800s, this manuscript is now available in its entirety in the archive. Pages 1-38 are a day-to-day accounting by Isaac Bolton for the months of March and April 1865. Pages 39-79 list the names of slaves, purchase prices, etc. Pages 80-91 include entries for sale of slaves. Pages 92-99 are transcriptions of correspondence and the last section includes newspaper articles and advertisements.


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Genealogy Workshops Online

Each Wednesday in October we are offering free genealogy workshops here at the Central Library.  Thanks to Justin Thompson and the fine folks at our TV station, WYPL, you can watch the programs you missed:


African American Genealogy with Lanny Ross:


Preserving Family History with Willy Bearden:


Genealogy on the Internet with Laura Cunningham:

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October Genealogy Workshops

Schedule of October Genealogy Workshops


by | September 25, 2013 · 10:33 am

Fall Genealogy Workshops – Wednesdays in October

‘Tis the season!

Our free genealogy workshops will take place again in October.  Don’t miss the chance to learn from our pros each Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm in Meeting Room C on the Lobby Level of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

October 3rd: Overview of Genealogy Source Materials with Terry Nelson (1-2 pm) and U.S. Census with Thomas Jones (2-3 pm).

October 10th: Genealogy on the Internet with Beverly Sullivan (1-3 pm).

October 17th: Immigration Records with Wayne Dowdy (1-2 pm) and Military Records with Jim Johnson (2-3 pm).

October 24th: Courthouse Records with Bettie Davis (1-3 pm).

October 31st: Tour of Genealogy Resources in the History Department with the Staff (1-3 pm).

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