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

OCTOBER 15, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Collaborating Your Research
presented by Nancy Roberson

Bring your notebook/laptop or just show up with paper and pen/pencil.
Tell your friends about these workshops. These will be especially convenient to persons who work. Everyone welcome!



To be announced

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How to Navigate presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson is a genealogical website created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is available free of cost to users around the world. It is a very powerful website where you can search for historical records, find local history books and learn to be a better researcher. Attend this workshop to learn how to navigate this site to enhance your genealogical knowledge.

Nancy Simmons Roberson is the 2014 president of the Louisville Genealogical Society. Nancy was born and raised in Michigan and has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Education from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. For 34 years Nancy taught physical education, social studies, coached and was athletic director at Bath Community Schools in Bath, Michigan. Nancy has been married for 44 years to her husband Howard, and they have 3 children. She and her husband moved to Louisville in 2007 to be near family and her 5 grandchildren. She has been a genealogist for over 30 years and also loves to quilt, read, watch the University of Louisville women’s basketball team and spend time with her family.

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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, October 25, 11:00 a.m., at Ridgway Library in Shepherdsville. Daniel Buxton will present "Slavery to Segregation, the Black American History in Bullitt County". This meeting may be changed or canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check with Museum website, Pioneer News, or call the museum before traveling to Shepherdsville for this meeting.

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Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society to Meet at New Time.
The September meeting of the Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at the Spencer County Library on Monday, September 22, at a new time 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Please come and share your history. .

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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana
General Meeting - Tuesday, October 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Commonwealth Bank, 286 North Hubbards Lane. General Meeting & Annual Election.

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The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) The 3rd Saturday Meeting for September will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodford County Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles, KY*. Woodford County had one of the largest populations of African-Americans in the central Blue Grass immediately after the Civil War. Many of our ancestors started out in Woodford and moved to other counties. Yvonne Giles will uncover the African-American research treasures that can be found at the Woodford County Historical Society. Who knows whether you might find that relative who was visiting, living, got married or died in a place other than where you have searched before?
This should be a very informative meeting where lots of people might find ancestors because they never thought to look in Woodford County. The bonus is that many of the records have been indexed and transcribed by Society members - so no wrestling with old handwritings. Hope you can make this meeting.
*For directions to the Historical Society, go to:
Visit the website

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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. A History and Heritage Celebration, the premiere event of First Families of Floyd, Clark and Harrison Counties, will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. The public is invited to visit between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. to enjoy frontier period entertainment and light refreshments; meet re-enactors of tri-county citi­zens, genealogists and historians, and view county history displays. Attendees are welcome to dress in pioneer costume.
At 7:00 p.m., First Families cer­tificates will be awarded to those who have proved direct descent from an ancestor living in Floyd, Clark or Harrison County prior to 1841. Living historian Mandy Dick will present as her first family ancestor, Elizabeth Pennington, and tell her amazing story of kidnap by Indians, return to her Harrison County family, marriage to one of Indiana’s founders, and her influence on the writing of Indiana’s state constitution. The celebration is co-sponsored by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society and the library’s Indiana Room. Please visit or call (812) 949-3527 for more information.

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The Scottish Society of Louisville.
September 23 - 7:30 p.m. regular meeting, Strathmoor Presbyterian Church. John Moffett will share a presentation.
Visit the website for information.

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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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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.

The SAR Genealogical Research Library
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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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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Mark your calendar. Genealogy Day at the Library February 21, 2015. Dr. James Klotter, Kentucky State Historian, will be Keynote Speaker.

A Message from Joe Hardesty. Most family genealogists are aware that the Louisville Free Public Library has Kentucky Death Certificates on microfilm from 1911 to 1958 and that this collection is arranged by Year of Death then by Certificate number. Both of these pieces of information can be obtained from the Kentucky Death Index made available via the Kentucky Vital Records Index or in Microfiche format at Louisville Main Library and other Genealogy collections in the State.

But what can you do if you are sure, or feel pretty certain, that an ancestor has died in Kentucky (1911 – 1958) but you still cannot find a reference to his/her death in the index? You have tried searching every spelling permutation you can think of!! Perhaps all you have to go on is a headstone inscription and browsing two dozen rolls of microfilmed death certificates just is not going to work – so what can one do?

While it is true that Kentucky’s microfilmed Death Certificates are arranged by Year of Death and by Certificate number, they are also specifically arranged Alphabetically by County name and Chronologically by Month within each year. Therefore, Death Certificates with the lowest numbers will always be those deaths that occurred in Adair County in the month of January followed by Allen County, Anderson County, etc. - all in January. Next would be Adair County, Allen County, Anderson County, etc., deaths that occurred in February. Thus, Deaths Certificates with the highest numbers will always be those deaths that occurred in Woodford County in the month of December. If this doesn’t help you find the death certificate you want, remember to check the very end of the roll for that year. Here you will find Delayed Death Certificates arranged in Alphabetical order by County name.

Once the Office of Vital Records in Frankfort collected all the States Death certificates (again, Alphabetically by County and Chronologically by Month), only then did they assign Certificate numbers 00001 – XXXXX.

* Genealogy Resources in Print and Microfilm Format Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Meet on the 2nd Floor, Main Library, 301 York Street, Louisville, Kentucky.

(All workshops are FREE and held at the Main Library, 301 York Street, Louisville, Kentucky.
No registration is required. Also, visit our website at

Begun in 1874 with an amendment to an appropriations bill, the War of the Rebellion has evolved into a massive 156-volume set comprising official correspondence, battle reports, military records, supplements and addendums for both the Union and Confederate armies. Extensive research was conducted on each entry to verify reliability and accuracy. Consider that even if your Civil War ancestor wasn't an officer / author of a report, he may have had an important role in which he was mentioned!
There are two ways to search the collection – a) book or b) internet.
Book: [call # KHR 973.7 W195] First, refer to the General Index – this is an abridge consolidation of the individual indexes found in the back of each volume. For example, the General Index reference for Hoffman, Wickham, II, 6, refers the researcher to volume 6 of Series II. The index in this volume refers the researcher to page 397.
Internet: Go to the Making of America website hosted by Cornell University: and begin your search. Your search can be either “simple”; “Boolean” (using and/or/not operators) or by “proximity” (ex. “Louisville, followed by, within 5 words, artillery”). Click on the search result of your choice then click on Page #.
Note: The Internet search option will result in a digitized image and may be considered more convenient for researchers; however, it is limited to searching only the first 70 volumes of the collection – comprising series I-IV.

The Louisville Free Public Libary is pleased to announce the addition of to the list of Biography and Genealogy Research Tools! The library edition of Ancestry has Federal Census files up to 1930, Kentucky vital records 1852 - 1953; Immigration and Naturalization records; the complete 220+ volume collection of the American Genealogy and Biographical Index and much, much more. While it's true that HeritageQuest has its advantages and can be accessed at home with your library card, Library Edition, with nearly 5,000 data files, can be accessed only at a branch of the Library. If you have any question regarding this resource, please contact the library at 502-574-1611.

The Draper Manuscripts

Lyman Copeland Draper (1815- ca. 1890) was fascinated by tales of the American Revolution told to him by his grandfather and the War of 1812 told to him by his father. After attending College in Granville, Ohio (1834-1836), he began collecting and archiving the everyday recollections and personal accounts of people all over the Midwest. His plan was to publish a book on (American) western history and biography that he would title “Sketches of the Lives of the Pioneers”. As with many genealogists, this project took on a life of its own and sadly he was unable to complete this task in the way he envisioned it. After his death, the Wisconsin State Historical Society received his collection and began the task of organizing and preserving them.
The Louisville Free Public Library collection of the Draper Manuscripts comprise a collection of fifty-six reels of microfilm covering the history and personalities unique to Kentucky and her surrounding states dating from 1750 to 1812. They include:

Series A: The George M. Bedinger Papers
Series B: Drapers Life of Boone
Series C: Daniel Boone Papers
Series J: George Rogers Clark Papers
Series K: George Rogers Clark Miscellaniesbr> Series L: Jonathan Clark Papers (older brother of George Rogers Clark)
Series M: William Clark Papers (co-leader of the Corps of Discovery)
Series O: Daniel and Benjamin Drake Papers
Series W: Josiah Harmar Papers
Series Y: Thomas Spottswood Hinde Papers
Series BB: Simon Kenton Papers
Series CC: Kentucky Papers
Series MM: Robert Patterson Papers and
Series NN: Pittsburgh and North-West Virginia.

How to search the collection:
A detailed Series Description and index to the Draper Manuscripts can be found in the Guide to the Draper Manuscripts (KHR 016.97802 D791H). For example, a listing in the index for “Alder, James, 53 J” refers the researcher to the volume 53 of the George Rogers Clark Papers “J”. The researcher will then be required to browse that volume for the reference to James Alder. The Draper Manuscript microfilms are located on the second floor of the Main Library.

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.

In researching the Enumeration District (ED) maps, especially 1930 Federal Census ED maps, you will occasionally locate an ancestor residing right on a boundary line. Which Enumeration District do you search? If the house number of your ancestor is EVEN, then the house will be located on the South or West side of the boundary line. If the house number of your ancestor is ODD, the house will be located on the North or East side of the boundary line. In either case, this will tell you which ED to search. When browsing the ED of your ancestor, pay close attention to the street name often written in the margin of the schedule. This will help you browse for efficiently. Lastly, the home address for your ancestors can be easily found in most City Directories found in your public library. In addition to Louisville, the Louisville Free Public Library has the 1930 City Directory for the cities of Ashland, Bowling Green, Covington, Frankfort, Hopkinsville, Maysville, Middlesboro, Owensboro and Paducah.

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Kentucky Historical Society. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will shift to its winter operating schedule, beginning Dec. 15. From Dec. 15 to March 7, the KHS history campus – Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal – will be open to groups of 10 or more with an advance registration. The sites are closed to walk-in visitors during winter operations, except on Jan. 11 and Feb.8.
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 Jan. 11 and 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 (

The KHS history campus will resume its regular public operating schedule on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Those 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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Family History Workshop

Saturday, September 13, 2014:
Cemeteries: Access, Research, Preservation (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky

Session 1: Cemetery Research – Digging Deeper
KHS Senior Librarian, Cheri Daniels, will explore the rich details of cemetery research. Some topics covered: iconography, death certificate variations, cemetery records, burial location information, online/offline resources, burial embellishment customs.

Session 2: Cemetery Preservation and Your Rights of Access
Dr. Kary Stackelbeck from the Kentucky Heritage Council will host a discussion of cemetery law in Kentucky. How does cemetery-related law and Attorney General opinions impact Kentucky burial grounds/cemeteries, including declaration of abandonment, family access issues, deed restrictions, etc. We will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as it relates to cemeteries.

Tech Talk Topic: Join us in September for a tour of the new KGS website. The site will debut in late August with a new layout and look, but the changes are more than cosmetic.
Presenter: Linda McCauley

Registration for each free Second Saturday workshop is required by Noon on the Friday before the workshop. A light box lunch is available for $7 payable at the door when requested at time of registration. Phone 502-564-1792, ext. 4460, or email Registration for these free workshops is strongly encouraged. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Future KGS-KHS Second Saturday Workshops:
Will be posted as information becomes available.

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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African American Cemetery Research Project.....a message from Daniel Buxton.

My Name is Daniel Buxton and I am the chairman of The Bullitt County Genealogical Society Cemetery Committee. The goal of the committee is to document every cemetery in Bullitt County. This documentation includes reading, mapping, photographing, and taking GPS readings of each cemetery. As part of this project the committee is attempting to document (or re-document) all of the African American Cemeteries in Bullitt County. At this time we have personally visited and documented 10 African American Cemeteries. They are as follows:

Weathers Cemetery- We are looking for any information on the history of the cemetery. I have been told that there were 18 African Americans buried there or in the area of the cemetery because they were not allowed to be buried in Nelson County. Any information on this story would be greatly appreciated.
Hall African American Cemetery
Cedar Grove African American Cemetery
Hardy/Cruise African American Cemetery
Roberts Family/Curd Cemetery
Simmons African American Cemetery
Lebanon Junction African American Cemetery
Magruder Slave Cemetery
Kelley Family Cemetery- This is the cemetery of Grandison Kelley, an African American Civil War Vet. There are 4 tombstones and 4 field stones. This cemetery was read by Dolores Calvert in 1977.
Unnamed African American Cemetery- Located behind the Immanuel Baptist Church. There is an African American Civil War Vet in this cemetery as well George C. Lee.
Mystery Cemetery- Located in Bernheim Forest. At this time it is uncertain who is buried there. Could this be an African American Cemetery?

We have information on the following cemeteries but have not located them yet.

Samuels Slave Cemetery- Located on Brooks Hill near the Samuels Cemetery I need more information on this.
Mooney Slave Cemetery- Located near 245 and I65 We need more information on this.
Unnamed Slave Cemetery- Located on the current property of Karen Smith at 243 Kool Springs Drive. Karen's home was built during the Civil War and the story is that in her yard next to the drive way are the graves of three children. One story was that they were African Americans and the other white. Does any one have any information on this?
David Hester Property- There is said to have been a slave cemetery on this property.
James Hamilton Property- There is said to have been a African American cemetery on this property.
Geneva Jackson Property- There is said to have been a African American cemetery on this property.
Unnamed Slave Cemetery- Located on Mooney Lane (Possible African American Cemetery)

Any information that you can give on any of the above cemeteries or any not mentioned above would be greatly appreciated. Contact information is as follows:

Daniel Buxton
148 Coral Bay Court Apt.2
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
(502) 543-9875

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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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