Museum organizes user-friendly genealogy workshop

Terri Jackson began researching her family history at the age of 19 and says being aware of where she came from exceeds just the basic information.

“It’s more than names and dates,” she says. “It’s about the people and learning about yourself.”

A free genealogy class is scheduled for March 21 at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Jackson and museum curator Amy Rhudy will be conducting the 10 a.m. class.

All materials will be provided with the class curriculum focusing on how to begin, organizing research, locating genealogy websites and places to obtain information, and finding specific information on Native American genealogy.

Rhudy says she plans for the class to be an intimate setting, therefore, only 10 people will be allowed to sign up. This allows for a better round-table discussion atmosphere, according to Rhudy. Training will be centered on documenting family genealogy when little information is known.

The students will also be invited back for a second class in April where the class will travel to a local cemetery, if weather allows, to learn how to chalk graves.

Rhudy encourages registering for the class by March 14.

In other museum news, two months ago Rhudy began work on the Blount County Memorial website. This is the first website for the museum, and Rhudy plans to update it monthly with information including items for sale, display information, and a monthly calendar of events.

On the museum website is a list of rules for a photo contest for local photographers to have a chance to be featured in the 2014 Blount County Historical Society and Blount County Memorial Museum Calendar.

“We’re allowing people to submit 8-x- 10 photographs of historical places in Blount County to be included as ‘12 reasons to visit beautiful Blount County,’” Rhudy said.

All photos must be postmarked or brought by the museum by June 14. Entries after that date will not be accepted. Photographs must be current, within the last year, and in color.

For all regulations or more information visit the museum website,, or call 625-6905.