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The Louisville Genealogical Society was founded in 1985; membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy, or the history of Louisville,  Jefferson County, and surrounding areas.  It was organized in 1985 as a nonprofit,  educational society for the purpose of preserving, evaluating and sharing local records.  Click here for a brief history of the early years of the society.

The Louisville Genealogical Society membership approved revisions to the by-laws of the Society at the meeting held October 23, 2012. Click here to review the amended By-Laws.

Additional Day and Night Meetings

Louisville Genealogical Society now has night meetings (in addition to our regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month) beginning in February. These evening meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Matthews/Eline Public Library. Click here for complete information or click PROGRAM above. Note that the night meetings are also presented during the daytime from 10:00 - 12:00 Noon on the same days.

Program for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - THE CHURCHILLS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 1:00 PM   presented by Mike Zanone

Although the Churchills are not actually his ancestors, Mike Zanone has done quite a bit of research on them over the past decade and more so in the past 2 years. His interest in this family is rooted in residing on the same land they once owned 200 years ago, when Samuel Churchill's plantation in central Jefferson County was known as "Spring Grove." Mr. Churchill's home was 2 blocks from where Mike lives, and that proximity has driven him to learn more about the family.

Mike's talk will cover various family members across four generations, from 1787 to 1899. There are a lot of interesting stories about the Churchills, and certainly as one of the early pioneer or founding families ofJefferson County they have left their fingerprints on our community in many ways (including a certain well-known horse race that happens every spring!). There are other, lesser known, interesting stories about the family he will include as well.

Mike Zanone is a lifelong resident of the St. Joseph neighborhood of Louisville near Preston St. and Eastern Parkway. He has served as the secretary & vice-president of the area's neighborhood association since it was formed in 1979. He has also served on the board of directors of the Louisville Historical League for the past 8 years. As an avid local historian he has given several walking tours of the St. Joseph neighborhood, along with talks about the area's history, occasionally appearing in the character of some of the area's historical figures as part of the ongoing "Legends of Spring Garden" series that began in 2006.

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POSITION OPENING: LGS Silent Auction Chairperson

The Louisville Genealogical Society is in need of a person who will assume the responsibilities of our Silent Auction Chairperson, formerly handled by Jack Koppel. This person will be in charge of collecting all the items that are donated throughout the year for our Annual Family Genealogy Fair and Book Sale in October. Please ask one of the LGS Board Members for information if you might be interested. Folks will be available to help you store and/or carry these items.

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Considering using a DNA test to find or confirm your ancestors? LGS has recently become an affiliate of FamilyTreeDNA. If you order their tests through us, a portion of your payment will benefit the Louisville Genealogical Society. Thanks for your support! Click here to place your order.

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IMPORTANT If your e-mail address changes, please notify Amelia Orr Debusman

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Membership in the Louisville Genealogical Society

Dues are based on the calendar year, January through December.   Effective for 2015 memberships, LGS dues are $20.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family.

Click "Join or Renew by Mail" button for a PDF format, printable, Membership Application.  Send the application with payment to:

LGS Treasurer,  P.O. Box 43038,  Louisville, KY 40253-0038


If you prefer to join or renew online with PayPal or credit card, LGS has now made this convenient method available to its members.

Click "Join or Renew Online" button for the form and follow the directions presented.

NOTE: When you join the Society, we would appreciate your sharing the surnames and locations you are researching.  We welcome your pedigree charts, family group sheets, and any information you have to share.  Materials submitted will be placed in our library files.

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NEWS From the LGS Library

We're striving to keep LGS members informed about what information is available in our Jane Turner Hamm Library. Click here for a Surname List From LGS Library’s Family Group Sheets, Family Trees and Pedigree Sheets contained in the library. These are listed by surname. Also included is a list of current quarterlies received by the library and the geographical areas covered by each. Click here to access the list. Genealogical society newletters that are received by the LGS library will no longer be kept in the LGS Library due to their temporary nature and lack of shelf space. However, the newsletters will be made available to members to take, free of charge, at the LGS meeting sign-in table (Jerry Cole, presiding). Look for them there or ask Jerry. Our Librarian is Barbara Ratliff.

Queries and Research for our "Out-Of-Town" LGS Members

Research is done on a limited basis for out-of-town members.  Specific data must be requested--we cannot do your family history!  Research is confined to our small library collection.  All requests should be mailed to
Louisville Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5164
Louisville, KY 40255-0164
or send an e-mail to  Queries will be accepted to be included in a future issue of Lines and By-Lines; a maximum of 200 words. Include contact information.

Making a Contribution to The Louisville Genealogical Society
The Louisville Genealogical Society is a non profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Donations are welcome; we will gladly furnish any donor with a receipt for tax purposes.

To make a contribution, contact our treasurer: 

   LGS - Treasurer
   P.O. Box 43038
   Louisville, KY 40253-0038

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Lines and By-Lines - The Quarterly Journal of The Louisville Genealogical Society
Lines and By-Lines is our quarterly journal. It is mailed the middle of March, June, September and December. A searchable index of articles which appeared in the 1986-1994 quarterlies may be found by clicking here. The editor of the quarterly is Debra Renard. Contact her at

Miscellaneous Information and Resources

LGS Program Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. On the fourth Tuesday (except in November and December) we have a Workshop and Business Meeting. The Workshops cover all different aspects of genealogical research.

You may view our most recently approved General Meeting Minutes by clicking here.

We issue a monthly newsletter with announcements of our meetings and other information. Click here for the current edition. For earlier editions, click here. Beginning in January 2011, newsletters are no longer mailed to members through the U.S. Postal Service, but sent via email and, of course, are available on this site.

30 YEARS YOUNG!  The Louisville Genealogical Society announces the

30th Anniversary Luncheon.

Join with us to celebrate this milestone.   For information, click  here

We sponsor an annual, all day Family History Seminar and Book Fair each October with nationally known speakers. In 2015, the event will be held on October 17. The main speaker will be Judy Russell. Interested vendors can obtain contact information about participating in the LGS Seminar by clicking here.

Our own very small adaptation of a Cyndi's List-type service has been set up. It can be accessed by clicking here

To view a list of sources for aiding members with various aspects of Kentucky research, please click here.

Be an Informed LGS Member - Join the LGS Yahoo Genealogy Group (by request only)
LGS has sponsored for some time a Yahoo group used to send special announcements or other information. This is a "by invitation only" site, but it is available to all LGS members if you are registered as a member of the LGS Yahoo group. We will be using this site to communicate with members more and more in the future. As a participant you may post questions, receive important information, or read the answers to inquiries made by others who are not LGS members. To be a part of this group simply send an e-mail saying "I want to be a member of the Yahoo LGS group" to Amelia Debusman and INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. Amelia will send you an invitation to join the LGS Yahoo group and your response to that invitation will automatically enroll you. This action will permit you to post and receive messages to and from the society's yahoo website. This is a special invitation to all members to join this group.

For more information about the Louisville Genealogical Society or any of its programs, you may send an email message to:

Surname Listing of LGS Membership 

View an alphabetical list of surnames on which LGS members are doing research by clicking here. This is a work in progress. Should you find an error or wish to add to the list, please contact Effective in 2012, we must limit the number of surnames posted to 10 per member.

For a list of the LGS Officers and Committee Chairpersons, click here

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