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Genealogy Saturdays at the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center

29 Sep

Looking for genealogy help? What better place to get it than from the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning, TN. On Saturdays the museum has their resident genealogist, Dr. Pam Sirmans and her staff (including myself) at the museum to assist the public. Each appointment lasts an hour and there is no charge. You will walk away from each session with a copy of your family tree and copies of family records. Even if you are not at the start of your genealogy journey, please stop by. Dr. Sirmans and her staff have helped many advanced genealogists break down brick walls.


While there support a local museum and take a museum tour. The cost is around $6.00 for adults.



– Tiffany


United States Colored Troops

23 May

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United States Colored Troops has announced that they have finished digitizing all records related to the USCT. From May 22 to 31, the digital collection of the USCT Service Records will be free on After that, you will need a subscription to access Fold3, or you can use a computer in any National Archives facility nationwide to access these records for free.

What types of records can you find in the USCT digital collection?

Manumission Papers

Oaths of Allegiance

Proof of Ownership

Bills of Sale

Abstracts of a soldier’s service


Payrolls Records

Prison Registers and Rolls

Parole Rolls

Inspection Reports


Unique to my own family genealogy I found a record of the slaveholder who owned my family.

Major Gilliland USCT Record

Major Gilliland USCT Record

I covered this story in more detail on my other blog

So what are you waiting for? Check the records out if you know that you have a member of your family that was a member of the USCT. If you find information about previous slaveholders or even photographs please do share!


– Tiffany

Genealogy Look Ups

22 Feb

I’ve been brainstorming ways that I could further my research on the Black community in the West Tennessee area. I’ve decided that with the amount of time I spend there that I should begin doing genealogy look ups. If you have information that you need assistance with that can only be found by actually visiting the West TN area, please let me know and I will be happy to assist. Please leave your details in the comments section.

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Black History Month so far.

– Tiffany

Genealogy Assistance – Alex Haley Museum Henning, TN

20 Jan

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of going to a genealogy session at the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center. While I was there I met the director of the museum, Paula Lee Bogar, and the museum’s genealogy specialist Dr. Pam Sirmans. While there I got the opportunity to discuss my family history with Dr. Sirmans. Dr. Sirmans and her assistant are at the museum on certain Saturdays to assist those who would like genealogy help free of charge. If you would like to visit, please call the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center and schedule an appointment. Each appointment is an hour long. While you’re there take a tour of the museum and visit the gift shop to show support.

Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
200 S. Church Street Henning, TN


– Tiffany