NGS 2023 Speaker Spotlight—Lori Thornton

January 31st, 2023 by Teresa Kelley

Lori Thornton, a librarian and professional genealogist living in East Tennessee, authored Research in Mississippi (NGS Research in the States Series). She specializes in southern States research, lectures on a wide range of genealogical topics, and hosts Zoom genealogy chats held about twice a month.

Lori is presenting three sessions in Richmond.

Session: T143  TRACK: Virginia and Her Neighbors  TITLE: Kentucky Research from the Comfort of Home 

Do you need to do Kentucky research but cannot travel at this time? Learn about Kentucky resources available online from a wide range of repositories. Tips for using the online platforms and for acquiring records only indexed or mentioned will be discussed.

Session: F217 TRACK: Migration  TITLE: Cumberland Gap and the Wilderness Road

The Cumberland Gap and Wilderness Road served as a gateway to the West. We’ll take a look at the early history and exploration of the area. The Hensley Settlement on the Kentucky side dates to 1845. A Civil War battle brought soldiers there in the 1860s. We’ll look at personal accounts and records found in repositories dealing with migration and settlement of the region.

Session: S328 TRACK: Eastern States  TITLE: Tennessee Valley Authority and Its Records

When Tennessee Valley Authority built reservoirs and dams, it forced relocation for many persons, businesses, churches, and cemeteries. We’ll look at records created by TVA as well as other records available about displaced persons and flooded locations. Resources from many repositories covering reservoirs throughout the affected area will be included.

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