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MORNING & EVENING WORKSHOPS / HANDS-ON
St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor


FUTURE WORKSHOPS:

March 18 , 2015    FamilySearch and How to Build Your Tree

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

April 15, 2015       Organizing Your Research – Using OneNote

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

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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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UPCOMING LGS PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS


PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015; 1:00 P.M.

Rob Morris; Opening Doors for Women presented by Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss

As Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society, Nancy Theiss has a keen interest in researching those whose lives intersect with county history and events of the past. You may have read one or more of her frequent articles in the Courier-Journal reporting some of those findings. One fascinating subject  for her has been Rob Morris who was born in New York but spent his later years in Oldham County and he is buried there. Even though he was an outstanding leader of a beneficent organization that only admitted men to membership, he was instrumental in creating an auxiliary that in some ways outdid the outstanding work of the original male club.  The participation of thousands of women in the organization has given them management experience and provided skills that enable leadership opportunities in other avenues of their lives. Dr Theiss has written a book on the life of Rob Morris A Place in the Lodge: A Biography of Freemason Dr. Rob Morris (1818-1888). Her topic today will be “Rob Morris; Opening Opportunity for Women”.

   Dr. Nancy Theiss is a native of Oldham County who has made significant contribution to her county and state in the varied roles of scientist, educator, community activist, administrator, historian and columnist. She has served as Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society since 2004, She  earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Louisville, M.A. in Environmental Education from Murray State University and Ph.D. from University of Louisville.

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To view future program and workshop schedules, click PROGRAM above or click here.

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New site for genealogists needing FREE look-ups and research support. http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/

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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.

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

MARCH 2015

Tuesday, Mar 3 at 7:30 PM
ISK General Meeting

Speaker: Emily Brandon, Project Manager, Greater Louisville International Professionals

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)


*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 http://www.AAGGKY.org

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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
Genealogist Marie Byatt will present “The Island of Record Keepers–Britain,” a workshop on researching English ancestry at the March 5 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Ms. Byatt will explore the history of the records of Britain for the last 1000 years, why they were created and kept, and how to use them in genealogical research. 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 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/nextmeet.htm for more information. 

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The Scottish Society of Louisville.

7:30 P.M. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Society members, Jim Hughes and Arch Cunningham, will share a presentation about Scottish influences on the movies!

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 http://www.scotsoflou.com/ 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 http://www.stmatthews.org/Dot_ViewCategory.asp?idcategoryMain=103&idcategory=104.

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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
502-589-1776
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: http://library.sar.org

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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 http://www.louisvillehistoricalleague.org/
e-mail LouHist@Hotmail.com

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Alexander Hamilton Historical Society of Kentucky. For information, contact Lynn Olympia, 897-5726, or e-mail at Olympia1231@aol.com.

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NEWS FROM THE LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Just in time for the 152-year anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Go to the Library website for details. Read about it, and share this with your friends

(All workshops are FREE and held at the Main Library, 301 York Street, Louisville, Kentucky). 

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.

War of the Rebellion

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: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/browse.monographs/waro.html 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 Ancestry.com 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, Ancestry.com 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: http://www.lfpl.org. 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) shifted to its winter operating schedule, beginning Dec. 15.  
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 (KHSrefdesk@ky.gov) and telephone (502-564-1792, ext. 4460). Facility rentals (history.ky.gov/rental-facilities/).

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 www.history.ky.gov.

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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. http://www.kentuckyunbridledspirit.com

Visit http://www.GoodSearch.com, 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 GoodSearch.com.

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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 http://www.kentuckydar.org/johnfoxjrlibrary/index.htm 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 WeRelate.org, a new social networking website for genealogy. WeRelate.org 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. WeRelate.org is now the largest English language genealogical wiki in the world. In the past few weeks, WeRelate.org has uploaded over 73,000 ancestor wiki pages. WeRelate.org 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 -
http://www.werelate.org/videos/WeRelateTour.html.

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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. http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/ Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 9 November 2005, Vol. 8, No. 45.

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