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Bill Landry, voice and host of The Heartland Series, guest speaker for genealogy conference

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Bill Landry, voice, host, narrator, and co-producer of The Heartland Series, will be the guest speaker to kick-off the 2013 Sevier County Public Library System (SCPLS) Rel & Wilma Maples History & Genealogy Center 2013 Genealogy Conference: “Stories Granny Told.” Bill will start the conference session on Friday, November 1 at 12:00PM with the topic, “Tying the Stories Granny Told into Research for Family Histories.”

The 2013 Genealogy Conference runs from Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, November 2. The Genealogy Conference, “Stories Granny Told,” focuses on how stories and the storytelling craft preserve and honor family histories and support genealogical research.

The “Stories Granny Told” Conference includes a Ghost Tour Pre-conference on Thursday, October 31 at 2:00PM at the new city gazebo on Bruce Street in Sevierville. The Ghost Tour is hosted by Sevier County Historian, Carroll McMahan, and a variety of ghost characters. Seating is very limited and the public is invited and encouraged to bring seating or blankets on which to sit for the stories. In case of inclement weather, the Ghost Tour will be at the King Family Library at the same time.

Other guest speakers include:

· Veta King: Conducting & Preserving Oral Histories
· Ruth Carr Miller: The Story of Aunt Liddy Carr
· Mike Maples: Old Home Places & Other Fascinating Finds in Big Greenbrier, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
· Ted Olson, ETSU – Old Time Smoky Mountain Music
· Smoky Mountain Storytellers Janice Brooks-Headrick, Susan Fulbright and Theresa Williams & Friends

The registration fee for the entire conference will be $30.00. For one day (November 1 or 2), the fee will be $20.00 per person. For complete details on the Sevier County Public Library System Genealogy Conference, please call(865)365.1432 or contact Tim Fisher at or Theresa Williams at

Published October 27, 2013

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