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


To Be Announced

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

Workshops are held from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon and from 7:00PM-9:00PM 

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Attention!! Judy Russell's October Seminar Topics Announced - Go to the SEMINAR Tab above to read all about them!

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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  7 May from 10:00 AM - 2:00PM.

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German Research 101 - Getting Across the Pond presented by Joanne Pry Howard

Beginning German Research - pinpointing an immigrant's home village, town or city in Germany by using family records, passenger lists, naturalization papers, census records, local histories, church records and cemetery records.

Joanne Pry Howard's biographical information:

Past President and past microfilm chairperson of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Member and past officer of Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Member of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley ForgeMember and past officer of Cyrus Grable Chapter, Daughters of the Union 1861-1865, Inc. Authored and published two volumes on the "Luther Families of Mohra, GermanyMember of the New Albany Bicentennial Church History Committee, which published "200 Years of Church Histories" in 2013.  Chairperson of the Historical Archives Committee at St. Marks United Church of Christ in New Albany and serving on the Church Council. Administrator of the Pry, Prye, Prey Family DNA project at Administrator of the Pry, Prye, Prey One Name Study with the Guild of One Name Study (Goons 5806).

Program for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - THE CHURCHILLS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 1:00 PM   presented by Mike Zanone

Although the Churchills are not actually his ancestors, Mike Zanone has done quite a bit of research on them over the past decade and more so in the past 2 years. His interest in this family is rooted in residing on the same land they once owned 200 years ago, when Samuel Churchill's plantation in central Jefferson County was known as "Spring Grove." Mr. Churchill's home was 2 blocks from where Mike lives, and that proximity has driven him to learn more about the family.

Mike's talk will cover various family members across four generations, from 1787 to 1899. There are a lot of interesting stories about the Churchills, and certainly as one of the early pioneer or founding families ofJefferson County they have left their fingerprints on our community in many ways (including a certain well-known horse race that happens every spring!). There are other, lesser known, interesting stories about the family he will include as well.

Mike Zanone is a lifelong resident of the St. Joseph neighborhood of Louisville near Preston St. and Eastern Parkway. He has served as the secretary & vice-president of the area's neighborhood association since it was formed in 1979. He has also served on the board of directors of the Louisville Historical League for the past 8 years. As an avid local historian he has given several walking tours of the St. Joseph neighborhood, along with talks about the area's history, occasionally appearing in the character of some of the area's historical figures as part of the ongoing "Legends of Spring Garden" series that began in 2006.

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Site for genealogists needing FREE look-ups and research support.

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Bullitt County Genealogical Society

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 Rolwing 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.

Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.

at Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville. Philip Williams will speak on Weaving Historical Incidents and Stories into an Adventure: Thomas Williams, Longhunter. 

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:

Society meets on the 4th Monday of each month except December, at the Spencer County Public Library.

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The Irish Society of Kentuckiana

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)

*Entrance to the Library Parking Garage is on Vine Street.

*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

May 7, 2015

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 for more information.

First Families of Floyd, Clark and Harrison Counties (Indiana)

If you are interested in participating in the First Families of Floyd, Clark and Harrison Counties of Indiana society,  Click here for complete information. 

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The Scottish Society of Louisville.


Members from the Louisville Scottish Rite Temple will share a talk on the Masons and Scotland. Installation of our Society's New officers will also take place.

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 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

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The SAR Genealogical Research Library

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.

"Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Genealogical Discoveries" with Elaine Kuhn on May 16 at 10am.

Elaine Kuhn, MLS is the Local History & Genealogy Services Coordinator
at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, KY.

Hope to see you there!
">Click here for complete information. 

Rae Ann Sauer
Assistant Librarian/Archivist
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
SAR Genealogical Research Library
(502) 588-6130

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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Germanic Heritage Auxilliary

MEETINGS: GHA meetings are varied in content and have featured speakers, presentations, trips and many types of events and community activities. All GHA activities are announced in the bi-monthly newsletter of the German-American Club Gesangverein, promoted by notices posted throughout the Club facilities, and posted on the website on the "Current Events" page.

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

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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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LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY - News of Genealogical Interest

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.

Kentucky Death Certificate Resources at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on Death Certificates.

War of the Rebellion Resources at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on the War of the Rebellion. Library Edition Now at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on Library Edition.

The Draper Manuscripts at LFPL

">Click here for complete information on the Draper Manuscripts.

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Kentucky Historical Society

Join the Fun - Tuesday, May 12! Bus Tour -

Changing Faces of Louisville Architecture, 1790-1868

8 a.m. Breakfast begins | 9 a.m. Bus departs | 7 p.m. Back in Frankfort

We will start the day with a continental breakfast at KHS before boarding a bus to Louisville for stops at:

Brennan House and Gardens. The last remaining Victorian mansion along what once was a residential street in downtown Louisville, the three-story townhouse is constructed in the Italianate style with 16-foot ceilings, stained-glass windows, expansive veranda, hand-carved marble and slate mantels and crystal chandeliers.

The Brown Hotel. The gourmet lunch buffet features the legendary Hot Brown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Louisville landmark boasts a striking Georgian-Revival façade and stunning English Renaissance architectural detail on the interior. Its rich heritage and Southern elegance has made the Brown one of the South’s legendary hotels.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. This site served as the center of a large farming operation and riverboat landing throughout the 19th century. Gabriel Farnsley built the two-story brick house around 1837. It represents a transition between Federal and Greek Revival architectural styles.

Locust Grove. A unique example of early Kentucky architecture, this Georgian mansion and National Historic Landmark served as the last home of Gen. George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War hero and founder of Louisville.

$125 KHS members | $155 non-members

Reservations and payment are required by Monday, April 27.

(No refunds after Monday, May 4.)

Secure your seat today!

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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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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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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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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