Join us for a FREE day of preserving your family stories and mementos. Hosted in the historic Tulip Grove Mansion at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the community is invited to explore the many ways to research family history and genealogy. There will be experts on-hand throughout the day to answer questions and offer advice. Guests are welcome to participate in all or some of the special scheduled programs at no additional cost. This day is offered in partnership with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) of Nashville.
Please note that the activities for Family History Day are being held at a separate house located on site, but is not part of the Hermitage tour package. Admission to the site is still required for guests wishing to tour the site and mansion.
- Digital Scanning: Get your family photographs and documents scanned with Tennessee State University’s The Preservation Project team! All equipment will be provided.
- Genealogy Assistance: Receive an individual consultation with experts from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), who are ready to help with your questions! Open to beginners and seasoned researchers.
- Family Mementos: Speak with curators from The Hermitage about how to care for your family heirlooms. From antique furniture to textiles, ceramic and other materials, Hermitage staff will offer advice for preserving your precious items for generations to come.
Build Your Family Tree
10 – 11:30 a.m.
AAHGS President Taneya Koonce will guide participants through the process of building a family tree. Whether you are just getting started or have binders of information assembled, you are welcome to join in this hands-on tutorial. Materials will be provided for those building handwritten trees. For those interested in bringing their laptop or tablet, instructions will be given on profile and digital family tree building using free online software.
Researching the Hermitage Enslaved Community
Noon – 1 p.m.
Hermitage Vice President of Collections & Research Marsha Mullin will discuss her decades of research into the enslaved community of The Hermitage. From following paper trails to uncovering archaeology, she will share a variety of sources that help tell the stories of those once enslaved at the Hermitage, as well as the constantly evolving technology that is opening additional doors for future research.
Troubleshooting Your Family Genealogy
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join AAHGS Taneya Koonce and Sue Forshee Cooper of KY-TN Research Associates to learn tips and tricks for exploring the wide variety of resources available for researching your family—from digital collections and archives to DNA test