Sevierville genealogy conference a hit with visitors

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

The 2013 Sevier County Public Library System Annual Genealogy Conference, which began Thursday, has been enteraining and informative, according to several of the attendees.

Lucy Henighan of Seymour said that the conference, which this year has the theme of "The Stories Granny Told," has been very enjoyable thus far, particularly because she's a fan of stories.

"The theme is important," Henighan said. "This area is wonderful culturally, and it's great to hear a lot of those stories."

Others are finding the conference to be useful in attempts to preserve history.

Ron Pulley of Crossville said that he came to the conference to learn as much as he can while he attempts to preserve oral history in the library archives in Cumberland County. He found the speech by Bill Landry on Friday afternoon to be particularly interesting.

"I'm very pleased with the conference so far," Pulley said. "I've always been fascinated with stories, and like Bill said, if we lose them, we're in trouble."

Jessa McCrosskey of Johnson City said she too is hoping to learn about archiving oral history for libraries, and she has enjoyed the early part of the conference.

"It all seems very interesting," McCrosskey said. "We do have to keep telling these stories, because if we don't tell the stories, the people really do disappear."

The genealogy conference continues Saturday in the King Family Library.