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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Using card catalogs, Family Search, SAR, LFPL, Filson Club

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!



Historic Houses of Louisville & Southern Indiana presented by Steve Wiser

Houses of the Louisville area have inspired author and historian Steve Wiser to develop material for three recent endeavors. In collaboration with photographer Dan Madryga, he has written and published Modern Houses of Louisville, Distinctive Houses of Louisville and now his eleventh book, Historic Houses of Louisville. In this final book of the series, he starts with the very early site of George Rogers Clark cabin (restored) just downstream from the Falls of the Ohio in southern Indiana. Moving forward, Steve takes us all around the Louisville area featuring many houses including the Bullitts’ Oxmoor; Springfield (Zachary Taylor); Locust Grove, and Farmington. The Louisville region has numerous houses that are historic but lesser known and many of these are included. With this window into the past, Steve depicts how the influences of architecture and design developed from the original Virginia colony to late 19th century sway of Europe and on to the Gilded Age as America emerged into the twentieth century. He discusses as well how the place in time affected the size and type of houses built by our predecessors.

Steve Wiser is a lifelong Louisville resident. He attended St. Xavier High School and received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati. Steve has been involved in community improvement efforts in Louisville since the late 1970’s. He was active during the 1980’s with the civic group “Third Century”, which continually sought ways to make Louisville a better place in which to live. With this group, Steve co-founded the Street Banner Program, which has since spread throughout the region. He coordinated numerous forums and events. Steve also contributed assistance to the initial Mayor’s Urban Workshop programs, which are now known as Greater Louisville Inc. Development Expedition (GLIDE).

Steve has authored many Louisville Architectural and Historical books and articles, and speaks at numerous regional Universities and clubs, and is a contributing member of area committees for community improvements.

Steve Wiser is an Associate and Director of Healthcare Design for JRA Architects. Steve can be reach by email at or via his website at

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Debra Renard will present An EXCEL-lent Resource – Using Spreadsheets to Compile and Analyze Genealogical Data

Debra will lead us through a demonstration of various features of Excel that can be useful when working with genealogical data. These include multi-level sorting, filtering, color coding & highlighting text, inserting hyperlinks to other files, using “text to columns”, adding worksheet tabs, and more. Applications will include side-by-side comparison of data from multiple censuses and other documents, identifying family groups in cemeteries, and constructing European households from church records.

Debbie Renard has lived many lives in one. She has degrees in Wildlife Biology, Regional Resource Planning, music, and an MBA. She has had careers as a piano teacher, a boutique owner, a technical trainer, a computer programmer, a supply chain expert (what?), and now as a genealogist with the founding of Eureka! Genealogy. She began researching her own family history in 2008 and discovered part of her heritage is from hearty pioneer lines, looking toward First Family status in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Most importantly, she is married to a great husband and is the mother of a wonderful daughter.

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National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference Registration Opened Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Registration opened on Sunday, December 1, 2013, for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-sixth annual family history conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, which will be held May 7–10, 2014, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia was home to an ever-changing frontier. From Jamestown to Kentucky its people moved ever forward looking for new frontiers, and it is this spirit that the conference celebrates as we move to new frontiers in research. The conference will open with Sandra Treadway, Librarian and Archivist of Virginia, who will address the issues that research institutions face as they enter the digital frontier and how they are working to meet the ever-changing needs of their patrons.

Continuing its goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will again feature the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track, which focuses on research techniques useful to both the beginning and the advanced researcher. Among the eighteen lectures in the migration track are David Rencher’s “From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas,” Eric Grundset’s “The Chesapeake and New England: Colonial Connections and Migrations,” and J. Mark Lowe’s “The Migration Triangle: Virginia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.” A two-day German track features lectures on German research in both the United States and Europe. Single-day tracks focus on DNA, NARA, military, and African American research and include tracks sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Technology and its increasing role in research is addressed in a variety of presentations including a full-day track on ways to use technology to help you share your family’s story. And, last but not least, for those who have Virginia ancestors, we promise at least one session every hour of every day.
To register online, visit the NGS website at and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at and the PDF brochure is available at The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around Richmond and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

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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 will meet Saturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. Chris Lueken will speak about the history of the West Point History Museum.

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Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society. will meet Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., at Taylorsville Library. Program to be announced.

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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana
General Meeting - Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Commonwealth Bank, 286 North Hubbards Lane.

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The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) The April 3rd Saturday meeting will be Saturday, April 19, 2014. Members of AAGGKY will bring their research experience to a panel discussion on getting the most from courthouse records. The group will show how you can find your African-American ancestors in marriage records, birth and death records, wills, probates, tax lists, court proceedings, etc. Whether you are new to research or have been looking for a while, you might pick up some tips. Join us at 1:00 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library, (Central Library) 140 E. Main St., Lexington, KY. Hope to see you there.
Contact us for more information on future sites, topics, and membership. The AAGGKY meets monthly on Third Saturdays. We gather at easily accessible places usually in Central Kentucky. Our meetings are FREE and open to the public. Members share their research experiences and offer tips and techniques unique to conducting Black genealogical research in Kentucky. We hold workshops, round table discussions, sponsor events and speakers highlighting topics of interest to those researching Kentucky's African America. Join us - you might be surprised at what you learn.

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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society.
Hosts “First Families” Workshop

Library representatives of genealogy and local history departments will present a workshop, “Finding First Families in Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties,” at the May 1 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Guest speakers Melissa Wiseheart, Allison Fredrickson, and Kathy Fisher of the New Albany-Floyd County, Jeffersonville Township (in Clark County), and Harrison County Public Libraries will suggest strategies for researching original settlers in the three counties by using common and unique resources.
The program is part of SIGS’ First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Project which is dedicated to discovering, honoring, and preserving the memory of the tri-county pioneers. Membership in First Families is open to anyone proving direct descent from a settler living in the tri-county area prior to December 31, 1840. SIGS will celebrate its 35th anniversary at the program and refreshments will be served. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. Please visit for more information.

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The Scottish Society of Louisville.
April 22 - 7:30 p.m. regular meeting, Strathmoor Presbyterian Church. Pat Haragan will give a talk on Scottish Botany.
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. At the Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society's April program, Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Dr. Allen Share, Professor of Humanities , University of Louisville and Kentucky Humanities Council speaker, will speak on the subject of AMERICA AFLAME:THE CIVIL WAR-- An Inevitable Conflict or Avoidable Tragedy
The program is free and visitors are welcome. 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
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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Maryland to Kentucky Reunion June 27, 28 and 29, 2014. Click here or here for complete information.

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Genealogy Day @ the Library Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mark your calendar! Check the LFPL website for complete information.

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.

* Federal Census Records: What they can tell about our Nation and our ancestors., Saturday, December 14, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. Learn what value these records have for placing your ancestors in historical context. Computer Learning Center, 2nd Floor

* Genealogy Resources in Print and Microfilm Format Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. Meet in the Computer Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Main Library, 301 York Street, Louisville, Kentucky.

* Introduction to African-American Genealogy, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. Computer Learning Center, 2nd Floor

(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, April 12, 2014:

Researching Virginia

Session 1: Virginia Research 101
This session examines the basics of Virginia research with an overview of the vital statistics, government, and manuscript records that are available to researchers online, in print, on microfilm and in textual format.

Session 2: The Law of the Land: Inheritance in Early Virginia
Understanding colonial law, basically modified British common law, and the changes brought by the Revolution may help resolve ancestral issues. Primogeniture and entailment are explained.

About the Speaker: Victor S. Dunn, CG, has been a Board Certified Genealogist since 1999. He is the coordinator and instructor of the Virginia Research Track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He has a B.S. and an M.S. from Virginia Tech. In addition to numerous national speaking engagements, Victor has had many articles published, including several in the NGS Quarterly. He resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and daughters.

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.

KGS Tech Talk: Join us April 12 for the next Tech Talk, Pinterest for Genealogy.
Get an introduction to this popular social media tool with a live pinning demonstration! The session will also cover various ways genealogists are using it to keep track of helpful genealogy sites, and engage their family members in memory collection.
Speaker: Cheri Daniels, KHS Senior Librarian Let's Talk Genea-Tech Are you having trouble with a function in your genealogy software? Do you have a favorite tech tip that could benefit your fellow researchers? Do you have questions about a genealogy website? Do you have ideas for future Tech Talk topics? The floor will be open for any genealogy-related technology questions and discussions. Bring your questions. Bring your tips. Bring your ideas.

We want to give you the presentations you want to hear, but we need your input in order to accomplish that. If there are topics you'd like us to cover during 2014 and you can't be at the January session, please email your with subject "Tech Talk Topics". Cloud Storage and Online Backup Services

Save the Date
The KGS Annual Seminar is scheduled for August 2 with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, back by popular demand. Stay tuned to the new Annual Seminar page on the KGS website for topics and other details coming soon.

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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