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

JANUARY 21, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Armchair Genealogy- Using the Internet to Research Your Family” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson. Internet access available for notebook or laptop.

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!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“FamilySearch and How to Build Your Tree” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson.

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PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, February 10, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.

“SEARCH OF MY ANCESTORS: From Kentucky to Africa and Back” presented by by Judith Owens-Lalude

In honor of African-American History Month, Judith Owens-Lalude is presenting a powerpoint program telling the story of her family members who were enslaved in Spencer County, Kentucky, and how she traveled to West Africa to learn more about where their enslavement might have started. She is the great-granddaughter of George Henry “Pap” Johnson who was born in 1850 to Clarissa, his slave mother. They lived on Ben Miller’s 600 acre farm in North Central Kentucky. That site is less than an hour’s drive from Owens-Lalude’s current home in Louisville. After hearing family accounts told about her ancestors, she visited the farm that had comprised her great-grandpa’s and Clarissa’s daily world. She then traveled to her husband’s native Nigeria to expand her understanding of slavery—Africa to the Americas—and to ascertain the impact on both Africans and African-Americans, including her family who had lived in Nelson and Spencer Counties. From this research and the writings of Harry Smith’s Fifty Years a Slave (in Jefferson, Nelson, and Spencer counties) and Isaac Johnson’s Slave Days in Old Kentucky, and using her own powerful imagination, Owens-Lalude wrote a compelling novel—The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom. (The book will be available for purchase at $14.95.) Judith C. Owens-Lalude is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and has over 37 years experience conducting workshops and teaching classes for adults, teens, and children. She is a graduate of Kentucky State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics there before moving to Southern California where she earned her Master of Arts degree (thesis) in Vocational Education at California State University, Long Beach. Owens-Lalude is interested in global education and has traveled to: Nigeria to study family and culture and to Europe to explore the impact of language on children across different cultures; and China in 1995 for the Fourth International Women’s Conference. She has been on the University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning staff where she taught Write for Children. She also taught in the Jefferson County Public Schools, Life Learning Program and the Bellarmine University Continuing & Professional Studies Department. Owens-Lalude combined her skills and talents, in 2002 to establish the J. Camille Cultural Academy. As its director and founder she serves women who want to write and families with gifted-and-talented college bound children. Owens-Lalude is married to A. O’tayo Lalude, M.D. They have two sons Adesina and Akinwande. 

Click here to see a colorful, descriptive poster for Owens-Lalude's presentation.


Andy Harpole and Savannah Darr with Friends of Eastern Cemetery will present some interesting and educational information about stone preservation and other facts about cemeteries.

Andy Harpole is a native Kentuckian having grown up in Louisville. Andy developed an affinity for cemeteries and the history they carried with them at an early age. He has an extensive background in restoration, which includes cars, boats and metal work. With passion and a commitment to public service, Andy founded the Friends of Eastern Cemetery volunteer group in March 2013. FOEC is currently the largest historic cemetery restoration platform in the state of Kentucky. Because of the success of FOEC, Andy is now consulting with groups in Kentucky as well as several other states all interested in forming similar cemetery restoration programs in their area.

Savannah Darr has more than seven years of experience in cultural resources management and historic preservation throughout Kentucky and various other states. She is responsible for historic research needed for cultural resource reports. Ms. Darr also works as an architectural historian conducting historic building surveys, writing building descriptions, and assessing the NRHP eligibility of those buildings. Ms. Darr has authored or co-authored numerous architectural assessments technical reports as well as archaeological technical reports in which she interprets historic documentation. Ms. Darr received a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Louisville, with a focus on historic preservation and cemetery preservation. During graduate school, Ms. Darr worked with the Metro Louisville Planning and Design Services on National Register of Historic Places nominations for historic properties, districts, and landscapes including Section 106 architectural assessments, evaluations, and research. Ms. Darr currently serves on the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission where she helps assess the historic integrity of properties and facilitate preservation efforts in the city. In early 2014 Ms. Darr also joined the Friends of Eastern Cemetery team and is helping train new recruits, coordinate fundraising events and working on the actual “hands on” monument cleaning and restoration.

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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 does not meet in January.

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Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet Monday, January 27. Details not yet announced.

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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana
Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
ISK General Meeting. Speaker will be Tom Owen, his topic The Irish in Louisville. Commonwealth Bank, 286 N. Hubbards Lane.

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The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY)
Anniversary Celebration
The African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky will celebrate its 4th Anniversary at 11:00 a.m. (TIME CHANGE) on January 17, 2015 at the Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street in Paris, KY. *.

Amy Madsen, teacher at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY, will share how she was able to develop and put in place a class on African-American Studies. Ms. Madsen will outline the difficulties that she faced introducing this class.
After Ms. Madsen's presentation, a light lunch will be served.

The afternoon's presentation will be Tech Talk: Photograph Care (display, identification, care, etc.) featuring AAGGKY member Joyce Johnson. Please bring a photograph to share.

Please RSVP to

*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

“Speed Dating for Genealogists” is the theme for the February 5 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Three SIGS members will present genealogy “quick classes.” Allison Fredrickson will discuss “Hidden Hoosier Treasures Online” about underused state genealogical internet sources. Donna Foster will speak about “Family Heirlooms” and unique displays and uses of ancestral keepsakes. Susan Covey will give a first-person reading from the Civil War diary of Caroline Richards. 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. Please visit or call (812) 949-3527 for more 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).
January 27 - 7:30 p.m. regular meeting, Strathmoor Presbyterian. Society member, Dot Scott will share a talk on a trip to Scotland. 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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The SAR Genealogical Research Library
Hands-On Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 noon (EST)
NSSAR Genealogical Research Library
809 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2619

Admission is free to DAR, SAR, and Friends of the Library members. For non-members, there is a $5.00 admission fee. Parking information can be found here: and remember, street meters now charge a fee on Saturdays.

NSSAR Staff Genealogist, Denise Hall, will begin the workshop with a short demonstration on how to correctly print documentation images from online sources. This will last no more than a half-hour.

Following the first part, she will focus on how to use, a totally free website containing millions of actual records (from the U.S. and around the globe), including birth, death, and marriage records, as well as some wills, probates, and deed documents. Familysearch also has a variety of books available in electronic format. You are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, etc., so that you can follow along and ask questions as you go. If you have not used before, or have never established a user name and password, you are encouraged to do so before this workshop. It is a totally free website, but because of contractual agreements with sources of some of the documents, you will occasionally encounter "sign in to view this document" in your searches. So, setting up your user name and password ahead of time will save you time later. Just remember to write it down! One other caveat: if you have an older laptop, such as one still running on Windows XP that still has Internet Explorer as the browser, you will not be able to use on it, unless you download a newer browser, such as Chrome.

Feel free to bring a sack lunch to eat after the workshop or Subway is available the next block down.

Since we are expecting a larger than usual attendance for this workshop, it would be helpful to know how many to expect. We already know that a few small lineage society groups are attending the library that day, so we would like to know how many people to set up for. If you are planning to attend, please let me know by Thursday, January 15, either individually or to reserve space for the number in your group. No one will be turned away, whether you have reserved a space or not!

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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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

Mark your calendar. Genealogy Day at the Library February 21, 2015. Dr. James Klotter, Kentucky State Historian, will be Keynote Speaker. View complete information regarding this event at

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.  
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 (

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, February 14, 2015
Early Migration Patterns into Kentucky with an Emphasis on Pioneer Women (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 12:45 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky

Session 1: Early historic settlement in Kentucky: The emigration experience
This session will discuss the two principal routes that settlers took into Kentucky, conditions of travel, typical composition of the traveling parties, residential options upon arrival and frontier living conditions.

Session 2: Women on the frontier
This session will focus on the experience of women on the frontier, including specific responsibilities they shouldered, challenges and dangers that they faced, means of coping (or not) and their contributions to the shaping of frontier culture and, eventually, civil society.

About the Speaker: Nancy O’Malley, Assistant Director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, is a professional archaeologist specializing in the historic era. One of her longterm research interests is the early historic settlement of Kentucky in the late eighteenth century. As an archaeologist, she has focused much of her research on the physical sites (forts, stations) created by settlers and their material culture (artifacts); however, she contextualizes her research with in depth consideration and analysis of archival sources and considers documentary evidence as important to her research as physical artifacts and sites. Genealogy is a key source of information about family dynamics, fictive and kinship relationships, and ethnic/socioeconomic/religious variation that is an important ingredient in reconstructing and understanding frontier society.

Registration This event is free but registration is requested. Complete the online registration form, email, or call (502)564-1792, ext. 4460.

Tech Talk Topic: No Tech Talk session this date.
(Note: The listed start time is approximate. Actual start time depends on when the previous session ends.)

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.

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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Germanic Heritage Auxiliary Happenings

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

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

Sunday, February 22, 2:30 pm. Light Refreshments – No Reservations Required

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

Click here for their flier.

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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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