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March 10, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Solve family mysteries at state library, archives: Event provides genealogy lessons

This article originally appeared on www.tennessean.com on March 8, 2011 and was written by Nicole Young.

Sandra Brown Taylor and her husband, Leroy, battled Saturday’s heavy rains for more than two hours as they drove to Nashville from West Tennessee to try to solve a family mystery. For nine months, Taylor, 63, of McKenzie, has been tracking down information on her mother’s parents. Saturday morning, she was able to unlock several pieces of the puzzle with the help of a beginner genealogy session at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. “My mother’s mother died while giving birth to her, and her father died three years later,” Taylor said. “She’s never seen a picture of either of them, so that really got me interested in finding out more about them. “I just found a death certificate for my mother’s father. He died of starvation at the age of 48 in 1930,” Taylor said, holding up a piece of paper. [link to full article]

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