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2022 Genealogy Workshop

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies PRESENTS

Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Lori Thornton

This event will be hybrid. Participants can attend in person or participate virtually via Zoom the day of the event.


9:30 – 9:45  Welcome & Announcements 
9:45 – 10:45  Online Resources for Southeastern States Research 
10:45 – 11:45  Descendant Research: Finding DNA Matches and Other Contemporary Cousins 
11:45 – 1:00  LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00  Left Behind: Wills and Probate for the Genealogist—Learn what records are available 
2:15 – 3:15  Social Media for Genealogists
3:15 – 3:30  Closing Remarks

How to participate

In-person: This event will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater located at Library Square in downtown Little Rock. Free parking is available in the surface lot across from the Main Library and the parking deck at Rock Street and President Clinton Ave. Bring your parking ticket in and we will stamp it for you. Doors will open at 9 a.m.

Virtual: This event will also be available as a Zoom webinar. The event WILL NOT be recorded or live streamed to YouTube.

We ask that all participants register via Zoom (whether planning to attend in person or virtually) just in case we have to pivot to all virtual.

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About the Speaker

Lori Thornton, MLS, who is a professional genealogist and academic librarian, resides in Morristown, Tennessee. The Mississippi native specializes in Southern states research and religious records. Thornton speaks to librarians and genealogists locally, regionally, and nationally. Her own ancestry includes early New England settlers who migrated to the Midwest, Amish people who immigrated to Pennsylvania and beyond, and Southern ancestors. Thornton holds master’s degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary and University of Kentucky, and she studied at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She serves as director for the North Carolina Genealogical Society and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and several state and local societies. She authored Research in Mississippi in the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series in 2017. She has written articles appearing in several genealogical publications and hosts Zoom genealogy chats twice a month, providing networking opportunities for attendees.

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Date and Time

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm