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    Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History



    The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will present a free, genealogy workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
    Have you ever wanted to find out who your ancestors were? Then, this workshop is for you!

    SARA Archival Manager Melissa Nesbitt will present “Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History.” The workshop is an introduction into basic genealogy research. Attendees can bring family information, such as family members’ full names, place of residency and dates of birth, marriage and death for help researching. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and practice research skills gleaned from the workshop!
    Nesbitt will talk about techniques and tips, including:

    1. Start your research sooner rather than later. Ask older relatives what they remember about your family. 
    2. Don’t just focus on your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Extended family members often migrated together. This means you can trace siblings to find and verify you’re tracking the right family. 
    3. In genealogy research, you always start with what you know and work backward. Don’t make the mistake of trying to start with a famous person you’ve heard you’re related to. Start with yourself.

    Nesbitt, who joined the Arkansas State Archives in 2014, is a skilled genealogy researcher whose methods bring results. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, was the curator at Ace of Clubs House at Texarkana Museums System and is a board member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. She has held genealogy research lectures, workshops and symposium events for years.
    For more information about the workshop or SARA, contact Nesbitt at or 870-983-2633. More information about Queen Wilhelmina State Park is available at