From Shiloh to Stones River, combat during the Civil War struck all parts of Tennessee. In fact, only the state of Virginia was the site of more battles. As a result, many Tennesseans have family ties to those who fought with either the Union or Confederate troops.

For those interested in learning about their ancestors who fought in the Civil War, the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is here to help. TSLA will host the next workshop in its public services series, titled “Civil War Ancestors: Old Records & New Tricks,” on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Manuscript archivists Darla Brock and Dr. Tom Kanon will explain how to trace genealogies and give specific tips on researching with Civil War materials. In addition to the archivists’ first-rate instruction, attendees will have access to the vast TSLA resources including Civil War databases and high-quality genealogy tools.

TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

“The State Library and Archives is providing another wonderful opportunity to learn about state history with its free seminar series,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “You never know what interesting things you may learn about your family while exploring the archives.”

The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the TSLA building, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville, next to the State Capitol.

The workshop is free, but due to limited seating in the auditorium, advance registration is required. Please call 615-741-2764 or to save a seat for the workshop.