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Learn how to trace your family tree with resources available at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) on Saturday, February 8, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Joyce Dixon-Lawson, curator of research and genealogy, will lead the Genealogy for Beginners Workshop in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums.

“I always recommend that people start by gathering information at home and from family members,” said Dixon-Lawson. “The state archives has thousands of records available for research. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions or to learn the answers. The goal is to find them so you can reach the next person.”

Guests will also learn about the 2020 census with Kendra Wright of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dixon-Lawson has been on staff at MDAH for more than thirty years. She earned her BA and MA degrees in history from Jackson State University. She has led numerous introductory genealogy, African American genealogy, and Native American genealogy workshops in Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and Indiana.

The cost of the workshop is $10 per person. Light refreshments will be provided. Register online here. For more information call 601-576-6800.

PARKING UPDATE: The following streets around the Two Mississippi Museums—Amite Street, Jefferson Street, Mississippi Street, and North Street—will be closed Saturday morning for the Dixie National Rodeo Parade that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Visitors who arrive by 10 a.m. may access the parking garage by turning off of High Street south onto Jefferson Street. Once the parade ends around 11:30 a.m. the streets will reopen.

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