Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tennessee Genealogical Society Fall Lectures

The Tennessee Genealogical Society is offering several learning opportunities for the fall. More information on the series and location information for the library can be found at their website: Tennessee Genealogical Society

HOW TO GET STARTED IN GENEALOGY
When: Thursday, 8/21/2008, 7 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Debbie Atchley will teach newcomers to genealogy about the basic tools they will need to enjoy this hobby. Free and open to the public.

NAVIGATING THE STACKS IN THE REGIONAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY CENTER
When: Thursday, 9/11/2008, 7 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Germantown Library Associate Jennifer Baker and our own long-time librarian Loretta Bailey will teach us how to get the most out of the books and documents in the library stacks. Free and open to the public.

SHELBY COUNTY ARCHIVES RELOCATION
When: Sunday, 9/21/2008, 3 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Vincent Clark of the Shelby County Archives will talk about the relocation of the Archives to Shelby Farms and update us on the latest genealogical resources on the Archives website. Free and open to the public.

PLANTING JEWISH ROOTS IN SOUTHERN SOIL: TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF TEMPLE ISRAEL
When: Thursday, 10/9/2008, 7 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Author Judy Ringel will talk about early Jewish families in the Mid-South. Free and open to the public.

HISTORIC SHELBY COUNTY
When: Sunday, 10/19/2008, 3 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
John Harkins will read from his new book and will autograph copies that will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

FALL DAY LONG GENEALOGY SEMINAR
When: Saturday, 11/8/2008, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Pickering Center next to the Tn Gen offices, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Seminar presented by TNGS members—Topics include Migration patterns to the Mid-South; Researching your Female Lines; and DNA in Genealogy. – Open to the public; registration required. Additional details will be posted on our website as they become available.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Parrent Family Reunion

The Parrent Family Reunion for those descended from Wilson Parent of Caldwell County (later Lyon County) Kentucky, was held Saturday July 26th in Eddyville Kentucky. We get together each year on the last Saturday of July and talk, and eat (and eat) and update genealogy information. A subset of the Parrent clan (the Town(e) clan) gathered in greater number this year than in previous years. Our Town(e) folks are descended from James Wiley Town.

Pictures of the reunion can be found here: Parrent Pictures

The genealogy of our Parrent/Parent clan can be found here: Parrent Genealogy

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Definitely a "mid-life" post today

Last night we attended a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert. The venue was the Botanical Gardens and the music started at 8:30 at night. The wonderful part about the location is that we could take our coolers with wine, beer, food, a big blanket and our lawn chairs. We had to walk quite a way from our car, but luckily for our age group, the coolers now have wheels and the lawn chairs are extremely light, fold up and come in little bags with straps for carrying. The best part was the company we were with: My sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, my husband, me and all three of our children. How special is that?! On the other side was the music. It was a fairly listless concert. I think this was the last concert of a long tour and the open spaces might have dissipated the sound a little too much. The group was at its best with the old acoustic favorites, and being so far from the stage, the multiple large screens placed around the area helped us to see them, but the music was just a little disappointing to me. With all that said, I had a wonderful time and it was so great being with all three of my children for the first time in such a long time.