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October kicks off genealogy month and opens the lead-in week to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Annual Genealogy Workshop. This anticipated event helps many begin their genealogy research journey, and others hone skills through focused topics to expand their knowledge of regional studies and focus areas.
This year’s conference features Ronnie Nichols, a native of Little Rock with more than three decades of museum history experience. Mr. Nichols’ focus will emphasize Civil War stories and the significant role that colored troops played during battles. He will also teach a storytelling lesson through using black-and-white photography. Many people who study family history, whether hobbyists or professionally, are looking for their story. They not only want to discover their roots, but they also want to know the story of the people hiding in pictures and names on a census list.
What can you expect from the Arkansas Genealogy Workshop?
What services are provided by the Butler Center?
At some point, we all get curious about our backstory. Whether it is completing a homework assignment in grade school, a random project in a college heritage class, or cleaning out an attic at a grandparent’s house, our curiosity heightens as we discover artifacts of our personal story. Locations like the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies are valuable resources for research and understanding.
Being part of the Center for Arkansas Studies, the Genealogy Department has access to Arkansas historical records and digital collections. They also provide resources for genealogists and amateur researchers, and their strongest asset is on-site genealogists who assist visitors in their research endeavors.
You can access another set of research tools from your home or office for personal, ongoing research.
How can you get started researching your family history?
Interviewing grandparents is an excellent way to learn about family history. My son has been watching the Disney movie Coco and learning about the concept of “ancestors.” When he saw his great-grandmother recently and started asking about her parents, it began to sink in that we all just want to know the story of where we came from and the people who shaped us.
Access the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Genealogy research center during regular library hours.
Bobby L. Roberts Library | 401 President Clinton Ave. | Little Rock, AR | 72201
2nd Floor Research Room (Butler Center/UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture)
DIY Memory Lab & Recording Room (by appointment only)
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