Ninth annual Templeton History, Genealogy Fair offers in-person, online attendance options

Contact: Harriet Laird

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The ninth annual E.O. Jr. and Betty Templeton History and Genealogy Fair, hosted by Mississippi State University Libraries, is set for June 3.

Admission is free, and those interested in attending the 1-5 p.m. event are asked to register online at by June 1. The registration form also offers an online attendance option.

According to Fair Director Jennifer McGillan, the afternoon will be full of useful genealogical and historical information on creating and working on a family tree, using mapping to tell the family story and navigating the multi-state Lantern Project in which MSU Libraries is participating.

After a welcome and opening remarks in the Eli and Giles rooms on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, these specific workshops will be held:

—“Introducing the Lantern Project,” 1 p.m., an informational session about this effort to digitize legal records of enslaved persons and funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the U.S. National Archives; features materials from MSU, the University of Mississippi, Delta State University, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Historic Natchez Foundation and Montgomery County, Alabama, Archives

—“FamilySearch 101,” 2:15 p.m., an explanation and demonstration of the free resource

—“Finding the Trail: Making and Using Maps in Genealogical Research,” 3:30 p.m., an informative hour on the purpose of maps in telling the family story and how to use them.

A permit is needed to park on campus and can be obtained by visiting To contact MSU Parking and Transit Services, call 662-325-2661.

For more information, contact McGillan, MSU Libraries associate professor and coordinator of manuscripts, at (662) 325-3071 or

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