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St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor


April 15, 2015       Organizing Your Research – Using OneNote

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

Workshops are held from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon and from 7:00PM-9:00PM 

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NEW !! A DNA SIG (Special Interest Group)

If you've been wanting to learn about DNA testing and how to utilize your various test results to seek out the very best matches, then this is the group for you. It is led by Deborah Lord Campisano and Debra Smith Renard and is held at the Eline Library in St. Matthews (see above) on the Second Floor. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on  5 March from 10:00 AM - 2:00PM.

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LGS First Tuesday Trip - 31 March Tuesday -  The Nelson County (KY) Library - 201 Cathedral Manor

Click here for maps to the library location.

Carpools will meet at the Latter Day Saints Church on Linn Station Road off Hurstbourne Road at 9:00 A.M. 


Program for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - The Battle of Mill Springs 1:00  PM  presented by Stuart W. Sanders

Join Civil War author Stuart W. Sanders as he discusses his book, The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky.  This fight was an important early battle that helped keep Kentucky under Union control.  Fought near Somerseton a foggy January 19, 1862, many of the Confederates’ antiquated flintlock muskets failed to fire in the rain.  The Southerners’ poor weaponry, coupled with fragmented unit cohesion and the death of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer at the height of the fighting, ultimately led to the rebels’ defeat. Although Mill Springs was smaller than later battles, it was one of great consequence. The Federals’ victory there broke a Confederate defensive line across Kentucky, which put the Bluegrass State in Union hands at a critical time. The Union victory there also opened large sections of Tennessee to Union invasion and provided a boost for flagging Northern morale at an important period.

Stuart W. Sanders is the author of three books, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle (The History Press, 2012), The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (The History Press, 2013), and Maney’s Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Perryville (The History Press, 2014).  His long-form essay (e-single), “Lincoln’s Confederate Little Sister: Emilie Todd Helm,” was published on the Kindle and related platforms in early 2015.  He has also contributed to the books Kentuckians in Gray: Confederate Generals and Field Officers of the Bluegrass State,multiple volumes of Confederate Generals in the Western Theater, and multiple volumes of the forthcoming Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi. Sanders has also written for Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Civil War History, Hallowed Ground, Civil War Quarterly, Blue & Gray, Kentucky Humanities, The Journal of America’s Military Past, Kentucky Ancestors, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Encyclopedia Virginia, and several other publications. He is the former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association and is currently a public history administrator in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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New site for genealogists needing FREE look-ups and research support.

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Bullitt County Genealogical Society was founded in August 1988. Membership ($15/year) includes 4 issues of Wilderness Road; our year begins with the September issue.

Bullitt County Genealogical Society meets Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville. Program: Betty Darnell, "Where's that @#&* Marriage Record: Organizing your notes and copies so you can find them again."

Betty Darnell teaches, lectures, and writes about family research methods, and has compiled and self-published abstracts of Kentucky and Missouri county records, and family books. She is currently contributing record abstracts for society publications of Bullitt County, Spencer County, Nelson County, and Louisville.

Popular titles include Who Was Who in Bullitt County, an abstract of a 1949-1950 series in The Pioneer-News, about 1850 residents of Bullitt County, and Printed by the Devil’s Devil, a transcript of a series in The Pioneer-News, by J. R. Zimmerman, about the residents and buildings in the Shepherdsville area in 1891.

Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.

at Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville. Philip Williams will speak on Weaving Historical Incidents and Stories into an Adventure: Thomas Williams, Longhunter. 

Book Fair - Saturday, July 18th, 10-4, at Ridgway Library in Shepherdsville. Click here for complete information. 

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Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society:

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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana

7 APRIL 2015

Tuesday, Apr 7 at 7:30 PM
ISK General Meeting
Speaker: Glasgowian Keith MacIver
Topic: The Scots in Louisville
Commonwealth Bank, 286 N. Hubbards Lane

Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at:
Commonwealth Bank and Trust Company
286 N. Hubbards Lane
Louisville, KY 40222
At the corner of Hubbards Lane and Westport Road, next to Target
Visitors are welcome!

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The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY)

*Entrance to the Library Parking Garage is on Vine Street.

*Directions (from the website): All roads to Paris are scenic, but:

-The most direct route from Lexington is Exit 113 off I-75/64-Paris Pike (US 68 East/US 27 North).
-From I-75 at Georgetown take Exit 126 to KY 460 East to Paris and
-From I-64 at Winchester take Exit 96 and KY 627 West"

Click herefor complete information.
Visit the website

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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society

Jeanne Burke, Clark County historian and president of the Clark County Museum, Inc., will present

“Jeffersonville in the Steamboat Era: Town Characters” at the April 2 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Ms. Burke will tell stories of noteworthy and notorious people and animals of Clark County including Rev. Henry Foster Smith, inventor Stephen Sharp, and Billy the Circus Horse. Program time is 7 PM in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. Please visit for more information.

First Families of Floyd, Clark and Harrison Counties (Indiana)

If you are interested in participating in the First Families of Floyd, Clark and Harrison Counties of Indiana society,  Click here for complete information. 

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The Scottish Society of Louisville.

All monthly meetings are held at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church, 2201 Hawthorne Avenue, corner of Bardstown Road. Across from Assumption High School, 1/2 mile north of the Watterson Expressway (I-264).

Strathmoor Presbyterian. Visit the website for information.

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Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society

Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society maintains a local history reference library and displays of historic photographs and archival items in its meeting room on the second floor of the St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue, located between Breckenridge and Browns Lane. There will be no more Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society programs until Fall.
For information on the society or its programs, contact Joyce Ruffra (425-0431) or Anne Rockwell (897-2423) or check the website

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The SAR Genealogical Research Library

SAR Library is located at 809 W. Main St., Louisville; there is parking available in the lot on the river and limited parking on the street.

"Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Genealogical Discoveries" with Elaine Kuhn on May 16 at 10am.

Elaine Kuhn, MLS is the Local History & Genealogy Services Coordinator
at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, KY.

Hope to see you there!
">Click here for complete information. 

Rae Ann Sauer
Assistant Librarian/Archivist
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
SAR Genealogical Research Library
(502) 588-6130

809 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
2012 Research Library Hours:
Monday: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
3rd Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
For information about the Society, check out their website:

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Germanic Heritage Auxilliary

A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution: Presentation by Daniel Krebs

Associate Professor of History, University of Louisville, and native of Augsburg, Germany


Sunday, March 29, 2:30 pm

Light Refreshments – No Reservations Required

More information:  Vicky Ullrich Telephone 502-459-6820; e-mail

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Rebecca Boone: A Portrayal by Bonnie Strassell
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.; Stratton Community Center, Shelbyville, KY;  Presented by The Painted Stone Settlers, Inc.

Click here for complete information.

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The Louisville Historical League, Inc.,

Founded in 1972, is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and preservation of our cultural heritage and historic environment in the Louisville metropolitan area.

Visit the website

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Alexander Hamilton Historical Society of Kentucky.

For information, contact Lynn Olympia, 897-5726, or e-mail at

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LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY - News of Genealogical Interest

All are welcome! Workshops at the Library are FREE! Come and learn what Genealogy resources are available to LGS members 24/7 via the Library website: Or, call LFPL at 574-1611 for more information.

Due to the budget shortfall caused by the current recession, all the libraries will be closed on Sundays for the foreseeable future. Please visit your library another time during the week, or online any time at for additional information and to obtain tickets for events.

Kentucky Death Certificate Resources at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on Death Certificates.

War of the Rebellion Resources at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on the War of the Rebellion. Library Edition Now at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on Library Edition.

The Draper Manuscripts at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on the Draper Manuscripts.

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Kentucky Historical Society

April 11: Introduction to DNA by Debra Renard

10:30-11:30 a.m. The ABCs of DNA

DNA analysis is expanding the possibilities of genealogical research. In this session, attendees will learn about the basic genetic terminology and concepts; the main types of tests available for genealogical purposes, their inheritance patterns and their limitations. Attendees also will learn how to identify their testing goal and which test would best meet that goal.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Why Y? Patrilineal DNA Research for Genetic Genealogy

Learn about Y-DNA inheritance, types of Y tests, testing objectives, testing company offerings and using results.

Session leader Debra Renard is a full-time genealogical research and lecturer and the founder of “Eureka! Genealogy.” She is working toward a genetic genealogist specialization. Renard has discovered that much of her heritage is from hearty pioneer lines and is looking toward First Family status in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is the editor of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s “Lines and By-Lines Quarterly,” the treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, a member of the John Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a co-founder and leader of the Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.

Groups can call 502-564-1792, ext. 4424 for advance reservations (seven days in advance is preferred).
Focusing on group visits during the winter – when walk-in traffic is typically lower – allows KHS staff to concentrate its efforts on processing the society’s 500,000 museum and special collections. All other KHS services will be available throughout the winter season, including: Second Saturday genealogy workshops, in partnership with the Kentucky Genealogical Society, on Feb. 8. The entire KHS history campus will be open to walk-in visitors these days.
Outreach programming including the KHS HistoryMobile, Kentucky Junior Historical Society/National History Day program, oral history technical services, KHS Museums-to-Go exhibits, historical markers and work with local history organizations.
Reference services through the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library by email ( and telephone (502-564-1792, ext. 4460). Facility rentals (

Hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Learn more about KHS and its programs at

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Saturday, August 1, 2015
40th Annual KGS Seminar (Annual Seminar)

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky
Save the date! John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. will be the 2015 KGS Seminar speaker. Topics and details coming in early 2015.

Dr. Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced, and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boston University's Certificate in Family History program.

Did You Know... that the Kentucky Historical Society was founded in 1836 and is more than 170 years old? Experience the Unbridled Spirit of Kentucky.

Visit, choose the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation as your designated cause, and then search the Web. The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation receives a contribution for searches you conduct from

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John Fox, Jr., Genealogical Library, 323 High Street, Paris, Kentucky Fox Library is a genealogical library focusing on assisting patrons document their Revolutionary War ancestors. The library is also an historical library with resources unique to Bourbon County and other Kentucky counties. It has excellent resources for other states, especially Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Probably their most valuable assets are the family files, sent to them by researchers from all over the United States who are sharing information about their Kentucky families. For more information check their website here.

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The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy, Inc., announce a partnership in operating, a new social networking website for genealogy. is totally FREE and makes it easy to upload family trees and images, find and connect with other family members, share research easily, and extend lines. is now the largest English language genealogical wiki in the world. In the past few weeks, has uploaded over 73,000 ancestor wiki pages. also has more than 430,000 wiki pages for current and historical inhabited places, 115,000 given and surname wiki pages, and 1.3 million wiki source pages. WeRelate is now the largest English language genealogical application. Please watch our new video at -

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SSDI Updated
RootsWeb offers access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), which includes records through September 2005. This free database contains several important bits of information on the more than 76,057,145 persons whose deaths are on file with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) including: Social Security number, date of issuance, state of issuance, date of birth, date of death and last address of record. The SSDI is created from the SSA's Death Master File. It is a database of people whose deaths were reported to the SSA beginning about 1962. The SSA Death Master File and SSDI are used by leading U.S. Government, financial, investigative, credit-reporting organizations, medical research and other industries to verify identity as well as to prevent fraud - and to comply with the U.S. Patriot Act. Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 9 November 2005, Vol. 8, No. 45.

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