Genealogy expert to teach non-credit class at Pellissippi

If you’ve ever wondered who might fall out of your family tree, January is the time to find out. Pellissippi State Community College is offering Basic Genealogy, a non-credit class taught through Business and Community Services on Thursdays, Jan. 28-March 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Instructor Sam Maner is a genealogy expert with 25 years of experience. He’s the historian for Sevier County, a former registrar for the Tennessee Society of Sons of the Revolution, an area speaker and the author of several genealogical publications.

Maner has helped some pretty big names trace their roots back to the Revolutionary War-among them, George H. W. Bush, Lamar Alexander and John Duncan. Bush, the country’s 41st president, is a descendant of Jonathan Wear of Blount County.

“Jonathan Wear, his seventh great-grandfather, was the brother to Col. Samuel Wear of Wears Valley,” said Maner. “That’s his Revolutionary War ancestor.” The Wears helped settle the Blount County area.

Maner has traced his own roots back to 1066. In the process, he found a pleasant surprise: he’s the 32nd great-grandson of Robert de Bruce, king of Scotland in the Middle Ages.

“This course is designed to help you get started tracing your family tree using the internet,” Maner said. “You will learn how to start the process and will receive information that all family historians need in order to interpret various records they will come across during their research.”

The cost of the class is $75. To register, visit or call Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

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