EVENING WORKSHOPS / HANDS-ON
St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor
NOVEMBER 19, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
An EXCEL-lent Resource, Using a Spreadsheet to Organize and Analyze Genealogical Data presented by Debra Renard
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!
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PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
History of the Belle of Louisville presented by Charles E. "Chuck" Parrish
Mr. Parrish will speak about the History of the Belle of Louisville following the showing of the DVD, "The Legendary Lady: The Story of the Belle of Louisville." This meeting will follow close on the heels of the celebration of the Belle's 100th birthday, which will occur on October 15-19, 2014.
Charles E. “Chuck” Parrish, a native Louisvillian, graduated from the University of Louisville with BA in history (1964) and did graduate work at UL in history. After 30 years of service, he retired January 2004 as Historian of the Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was involved in many projects related to the Ohio River. He was re-hired by the Corps 2006-2008 for special river projects.
Previous employment includes the Kentucky Heritage Commission, the Filson Historical Society, and Louisville/Jefferson County Planning Commission. His entire career has been in the field of historic preservation, historical agency management, and documentation of America’s maritime history.
While active in numerous historical organizations such as the Louisville Historical League and Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Committee, he has also been active in numerous projects, he has authored numerous articles on history of navigation development in the Ohio Valley. He has collaborated on many publications dealing with river subjects by other authors and has served as proof-reader/editor for several river-related publications. For 20 years Mr. Parrish narrated tours on riverboats in the Louisville area, including the Belle of Louisville, River Queen, Bonnie Belle, and Star of Louisville and was a guest lecturer on the Delta Queen, American Queen, and the Chattanooga Star.
Since retirement, he has been a consultant/writer/speaker on river-related history and preservation projects at numerous river venues and a guest lecturer at Bellarmine University, Louisville. He is also working as a consultant to Hanover College in Indiana and their Rivers Institute on matters of river history. He served as Chair of the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee and coordinated production of a DVD on 200 Years of Steamboating, publication of a book of essays on the same subject and giving many presentations on the history if steamboating.
Mr. Parrish is married with 2 sons, 4 granddaughters, and 1 grandson.
THE WORKSHOP OCTOBER 28, 2014
was our final 2014 workshop. When 2015 information is available, it will be posted on this site.
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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/ * * * * * *
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, December 20, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville, for a Holiday Social.
Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society
will not meet in December.
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Germanic Heritage Auxiliary will present The Story of Silent Night on Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m. at German American Club, 1840 Lincoln Avenue. DVD Dramatization of the world's most famous Christmas carol featuring The Vienna Boys Choir. Light refreshments. No reservations required.
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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana* * * * * *
Tuesday, Dec 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Annual Irish Christmas Party with Family and Friends.
We'll have a meeting, dinner, and gift exchange.
Members: Please bring a dish to share, something suitable for dinner.
The club will provide the meat.
Bring a gift valued at $10 if you want to be part of the gift exchange.
*** PLEASE NOTE *** SPECIAL TIME *** We'll begin at 6:30 p.m.
The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) * * * * * *
Finding relatives and ancestors with DNA
The November Third Saturday meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on November 15, 2014 at Gear Up (Middletown School), *439 Walnut Meadow Rd, Berea, KY 40403. Member Jerry Bedford will show the group how DNA has enhanced his search for ancestors and how he has used DNA to find living relatives. Jerry presented a similar program last year that was very easy to understand and was so popular, he was asked to return.
Elections for 2015/2016 will be held prior to the presentation. Active (paid for 2014) members will be able to vote for the recommended slate or make nominations from the floor. We will also be accepting membership dues for 2015.
There will be NO Third Saturday meeting in December. In January, we will be celebrating our 4th
Anniversary! Stay tuned for details. Hope to see you in Berea.
*Directions to Gear Up (Middletown School)
-Take exit 77 from I-75 S
-Turn left onto KY-595 S/Walnut Meadow Rd
-Turn right to stay on Walnut Meadow Rd (KY-595)
Your destination (Gear Up) will be on the right
Visit the website http://www.AAGGKY.org
Southern Indiana Genealogical Society* * * * * *
. COMPUTER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
Genealogist Phil Hysell will present a workshop, “Your Computer as a Genealogical Toolbox,” at the December 4 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Mr. Hysell will share tips, tricks, and techniques to make your genealogy come alive, be more efficient and more enjoyable by using your computer. He will illustrate the effective use of family tree databases, photo restoration, finding “lost” family cemeteries, writing your family story, and the creative use of old photos and 8 mm movies. Mr. Hysell is a member and past president of the Louisville Genealogical Society and editor of the Hisle-Hysell Genealogy Newsletter. Program time is 7:00 p.m. 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 or call (812) 949-3527 for more information.
The Scottish Society of Louisville. * * * * * *
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 25.
Society dinner and auction to benefit the Heritage Fund. Bring peanut butter for the Portland Avenue Community Trust!
The Society provides the main course. All members and guests are asked to bring a covered dish: last name begins with A-L vegetable, M-R an appetizer, S-Z a dessert.
Bring items for the auction. Items may be new or gently used!
The Alex Rose Award will be presented.
Visit the website http://www.scotsoflou.com/ for information.
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.
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: http://library.sar.org
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/
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
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 http://www.lfpl.org/pdf/genealogy-day-2015.pdf
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 doesnt 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. The Draper Manuscripts
No registration is required. Also, visit our website at http://www.lfpl.org/genealogy.html
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! 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 #.
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
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.
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) 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 (KHSrefdesk@ky.gov) and telephone (502-564-1792, ext. 4460).
Facility rentals (history.ky.gov/rental-facilities/).
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 www.history.ky.gov.
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Family History Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2014:
Explore the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition
with Patrick Lewis*
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky
Session 1: Civil War Social Networking-21st Century Reconstructions of 19th Century Kentucky.
The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K) is building a research database that will allow researchers to track individual Kentuckians, understand their social and kinship networks, economic systems, patterns of political patronage and more by identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating and linking together more than 30,000 Civil War-era documents from archives across the nation. This powerful tool will change the way genealogists, historians and teachers access, understand and interpret Kentucky history.
Session 2: Civil War CSI-Murder, Politics and the Louisville Horse Pile
Just one document can raise new and fascinating questions. This session will interactively analyze an 1864 Louisville murder. The case seems open-and-shut, but what clues should historians pick up on here? What does the case say about 19th century Kentucky--urban life, public health, the economy, immigration and ethnicity, civil-military interaction? What about the world is familiar to us? What questions jump out that need further research? What-or who-have historians overlooked in Civil War Kentucky? What can CWG-K help us learn about the dark side of Kentucky we think we know so well?
Speaker: Patrick Lewis (PhD history, University of Kentucky) is assistant editor of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, a Kentucky native and graduate of Transylvania University. His book, "For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War," will be out in spring 2015 from the University Press of Kentucky. He has been at KHS since 2010.
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 Refdesk@ky.gov 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. 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
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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. * * * * * *
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
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 - * * * * * *
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.