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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, September 14, from 9 to 10:30 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.”

Following the presentation, attendees are invited to start their family search in the state archives, which is located next door in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.

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.

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