Thursday, April 25, 2019

Genealogy Symposium Set for May 4 at SARA

Join us at the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives and learn how to go beyond the basics of researching family history during a free genealogy workshop! The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the WPA Gymnasium at the Historic Washington State Park at 100 S.W. Morrison St.
Melissa Nesbitt, SARA archival manager, will present information on lineage societies and tips for how to join them.

Lineage societies are organizations that honor descendants of a specific heritage or event. Members must prove they deserve memberships. Nesbitt will explain the benefits of these societies, best research practices and required documentation.

From left to right, speakers Callie Williams,
Kermit Channell and Melissa Nesbitt

Kermit Channell, executive director of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, will talk about ways DNA can be used for genealogy research. His presentation, “Forensic DNA – Advances in Forensic Science,” will give a basic overview of DNA in forensic science and how advanced the technology is today.

Callie Williams, education and outreach coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will talk about the National Register of Historic Places, which is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. Williams will discuss the history and development of the register and the process for getting on the list.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. The deadline to reserve a seat is April 29 in order to get lunch. Be sure to tell us your lunch preference: beef, chicken or vegetarian!
Teachers can earn up to three hours of professional development credit by attending. After the presentations, attendees also can do research at SARA, ask for help on research projects or network.
The event is free, but registration is required. Reservations can be made online at or by contacting the Arkansas State Archives at 501-682-6900For more information, contact Melissa Nesbitt at