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Volume 17, Issue 9 (September 2006)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

Louisville Genealogical Society
PO Box 5164
Louisville, KY 40255-0164


Meetings & Workshops:

September 12th - "Things the History Books Have Left Out About Louisville and Jefferson County presented by Letitia A (Tish) Knoeller. Tish has given us just two hints about the program: (1) How did Louisville's Southend keep their activities and clocks regulated? And, whoever heard of a pastor being threatened on Sunday morning during services? The program will include many historical facts and human interest stories about our community.

Tish was born in 1937 in Louisville. Father was George Knoeller, an L&N Railroad chief mechanic and a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve at Bowman Field. Killed when his plane crashed in 1937. Mother was the late Kathryn Frank Knoeller of Middletown. She did extensive volunteer work during WW II in addition to working at various government jobs. In addition, she and several others were instrumental in establishing a library at Middletown Elementary School. Tish grew up in Middletown, attended Middletown Elementary School and Eastern High School. Briefly attended University of Louisville. Transferred to Morehead State College. Graduated with an A.B. in History and Physical Education. Later received M.A. and Rank One (teaching classification) in History and Education from Western Kentucky University.

She taught 34 years in secondary school primarily in Louisville and, following merger, Jefferson County. Retired in 1996. Tish is still employed as a substitute teacher. Also served as Assistant Supervisor at Middletown Playground for a number of years.

Has been a member of Kentucky Railway Museum since 1974. Now serving as Archivist & Curator and is also a licensed locomotive engineer. Ordained Deacon and Trustee at First Baptist Church of Middletown, President of Historic Middletown, Inc., member of Board of Directors of Historic Middletown Museum, and 12-year member of Middletown Historic Preservation Commission.

Tish currently keeps extremely busy in "hands-on" restoration of 81 year old family home. Her hobbies are gardening, photography, cats (3) and dogs (1), reading, creative writing, historical research and story-telling.

September 26th - Jim Prichard, Supervisor for the Kentucky Archives in Frankfort, Kentucky, Vital Statistics: Back to the Basics. Without question, birth and death records represent the most valuable sources for genealogical search. Yet, Kentucky's vital statistics can be frustrating for many researchers, particularly beginners. This workshop offers an overview of Kentucky's vital statistics laws, the nature of records-keeping in the Commonwealth and a selection of "substitute sources" researchers can use to fill in the gaps.

As a Reminder to the Membership:
Regular LGS meetings are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the corner of Linn Station Road and Hurstbourne Lane from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.

New Members:

McNEILL, Mildred Harrod
LOWE, Carlton L.

From Joe Hardesty, Louisville Free Public Library

The next genealogy workshop at the Louisville Free Public Library will be Saturday, September 23. Beginning at 9:30 (ending at 12), it will cover various resources found on line via LFPL.ORG. This workshop will be taught in the Computer Learning Center located on the second floor. Remember, parking is free on Saturday!!

Cemetery Preservation Conference

Saturday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join genealogists, preservationists, archeologists, and government officials in a public discussion of the increasing problem of safeguarding the cemeteries and burial grounds of the Commonwealth. This is presented by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Genealogical Society. Fee is $10.00, which will include a box lunch and handouts. Reservations required. To make reservations at the Kentucky Historical Society, call 502-564-1792 Ext. 4435 for Tom Stephens.

Louisville Genealogical Society Fund Raiser

So LGS can purchase a badly needed LCD Projector for program presentations.

We are asking for your support by purchasing a booklet of 6 chance tickets for $5.00 to win a reproduction of a Georgian Mantle Clock produced from the woodworking shop of Greg Claypool, LGS member. He is donating the entire cost of the clock to LGS for this worthwhile benefit. The clock case is heavy solid American Cherry, measuring approximately 15" x 11" x 5-1/2". The movement is an eight-day Hermel German designed, two jewel, spring driven, floating balance escapement works, chiming the quarter hour and fully chiming Westminster on the hour. The hourly time is chimed as well. The case handle and door knob are antique solid brass. The clock is valued at $600.00 and would make a beautiful addition to any home, a limited custom handmade clock which will give you and your family years of pleasure. Thanks for helping with this very important need.

For a printable Ticket Order Form, click here.

Tickets will also be sold during the Annual Family History and Book Fair on August 26, 2006, and during the LGS Annual Holiday Luncheon. Only 1200 tickets will be available, limiting the number to be sold and improving your chance to win this heirloom clock for your mantle.

LGS desparately needs to acquire the LCD electronic video projector so that guest speakers and workshop presenters can properly display video media. Greg has handcrafted a beautiful reproduction clock of American Cherry with quality Brass Clock Works. All has been donated to LGS for this fundraiser. We hope you will be so kind as to participate if you have no objection to purchasing a booklet of tickets using the order form. Thank you.

September 9 KGS & KHS Programs at Frankfort, Kentucky

KGS program - "Cemeteries: A Final Resting Place?"

Burial grounds in Kentucky are coming under threat on a variety of fronts. Join in on a pivotal discussion about the complex rights and responsibilities surrounding cemeteries in Kentucky. Be there as experts and officials will come together with the public in a frank exchange on issues of cemetery ownership, preservation, access, relocation, development and -

KHS program - "Newspaper Resources"

A wealth of genealogical information can be gleaned, directly and indirectly, from old newspapers and other periodical publications. Discover what materials are available in the various newspaper collections around the Commonwealth, and how to utilize them most effectively. On-line collections from new digital services also will be hightlighted.

Contact Bath Shields at 502-564-1792, ext. 4421, or by e-mail for reservations.

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