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Volume 17, Issue 4 (April 2006)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

Louisville Genealogical Society
PO Box 5164
Louisville, KY 40255-0164


As a Reminder to the Membership:
Regular LGS meetings are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the corner of Linn Station Road and Hurstbourne Lane from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.

Meetings & Workshops:

April 11th - Laurel Horton will be speaking on tracing family histories through quilts and has a slide presentation. This is bound to be a very interesting program, not only about what family histories are presented through quilts, but an excellent presentation of these beautiful works of art. Laurel will also be presenting her own published book about quilts. Don't miss this program. We all have quilts hidden in the closet, and it's time to get them out.

April 25th - "Ancestors Dealing with Illness" presented by Mel Arnold. Often we come across strange medical terms and even stranger remedies used by our forefathers. Some of these terms represent diseases we know by a different name; some are completely foreign to us. Because sound scientific treatments were slowly developed and communicated, our ancestors often relied on home remedies and so did most of their "doctors". Occasionally, an ancestor's mysterious disappearance can be explained by an epidemic. Sometimes these disasters left those caring for the dead and dying little time to appropriately record their passing. We will review some of these tragic events and their effect.

ELLIS ISLAND: Contains more than 22 million names of passengers and members of ships' crews who entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.

CASTLE GARDEN: If your ancestors arrived at New York prior to when Ellis Island opened, check this site where there are more than 10 million names of those who arrived between 1830 and 1892.

ONE-STEP WEBPAGES by Stephen P. Morse. Forms for searching ships' passenger lists at Ellis Island, Castle Garden, and other U.S. ports.

New Members
ZIMMERMAN, Patricia Horn
HAMMANN, Michele

Bullitt County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Shepherdsville City Hall. Eldon Smith will speak on the Civil War in Hardin and Bullitt Counties.

The Kentucky Genealogical Society and The Kentucky Historical Society
Free Family-History Workshop
Saturday, April 8, 2006
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - KGS Monthly Meeting "Early Kentucky Divorce Records" presented by Lisa Thompson, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
11:30 a.m. Light lunch - free for those attending the afternoon program. Reservations are required. Contact Beth Shields at 502-564-1792, ext. 4421, or by e-mail at
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. KHS Program:
"Women's Roles and Rights in Early Kentucky" presented by Aloma Dew.
Following the workshop, the KHS Library will be open for research until 4:00 p.m.

May 13, 2006
KGS Program - "The Draper Manuscripts"

Comprising hundreds of volumes, recorded on over one hundred rolls of microfilm in 50 series, this record of interviews with early settlers and pioneers may seem overwhelming to researchers. However, using the proper tools and resources, crucial information can be gleaned from these documents that is available nowhere else. Get expert advice on how to begin "eating the whale".

KHS Program "Researching and Preserving Manuscripts and Documents"
Get advice about the wealth of information that can be gleaned from manuscripts, letters, and other original writings. A KHS archivist will discuss how to utilize manuscript collections for genealogical research, as well as how best to handle and protect your own original family documents for posterity.
Times for all programs follow the same format each month and as shown in the April announcement above: 10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. the program. Please make a note of the programs for all future program announcements.

NORTH CAROLINA. Edgecombe County. Cemetery records: 125 records; Annette Roebuck
VIRGINIA. Military records: 51 records; Paula Lucy Delosh

KENTUCKY. Henderson County. 1889 tax records; 1,366 records; Frank Boyett
PENNSYLVANIA. Butler County. Divorces, 1801-1922; 188 records; Elaine Oswald Marriage licenses, 1801-1922; 1,484 records; Marriages, 1801-1922: 6,460 records; Elaine Oswald


U.S. UNION SOLDIERS. Thanks to Dale Talkington for the information and link to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War's National Grave Registration Database website, which contains information on more than 167,405 Union soldiers. You can search for your ancestors and relatives, then, if you wish, register and add any that are not yet listed. With an estimated 4.2-4.8 million Union soldiers, this site does not have the names of everyone, but information you have about your ancestor's burial place may be of invaluable help to others and this ongoing project.

Surnames include: BENNETT, BISHOP, BLEADSDALE, BOOKER, BRACKEN, BROWN, CAMPBELL, CARTER, CHILDRESS, CLEMENS, CLEMENTS, CUMMINGS, DEMOS, DICKSON, DOUGLASS, DOWDLE, EADES, GARDNER, GOODE, GREEN, KERR, LINEBERRY, LUNGSLOW, McVICKER, MORELAND, NEELEY, PINNELL, RHODES, ROBERTSON, ROSS, ROWEN, SCRUGGS, SHEPERD, SHINKLE, TOOD, WADE, WALKER, WEBB, WRIGHT, and YARBER. The website pertains to the families that begin in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Henrico, Nelson counties of old Virginia about 1700 and their migrations across the country to California. Other localities include South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and Oklahoma. Also includes pictures, vital records and military documents; plus there are sections devoted to research tools and guidelines for genealogical research, and links to our three major family databases at RootsWeb.

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 8 March 2006, Vol. 9, No. 10.

LGS Family History Seminar
August 26, 2006
John Konvalinka, Noted and nationally recognized genealogical speaker and researcher is going to be the Guest Speaker for the seminar. Registration Form will be in the May Issue of the LGE Newsletter or may be accessed by clicking here.. 2006flyer.pdf In the meantime, here are the topics selected to be presented for your information and review.

9:00 a.m. Your Immigrant Ancestor(s) - Find 'em in Cyberspace
Locating the sources and finding individuals' immigration records involves answers to several key questions:
*WHERE - did your immigrants settle, where did they land, and FROM WHERE did they depart?
* WHY - did they settle where they did? (This might provide a clue as to WHERE they arrived/settled.)
* WHEN - did they come?
* WHAT - kinds of records might be available for that time period?

In this talk we explore the implications of these questions and offer suggestions for finding records in the "virtual" repositories made possible through advances in genealogical computing and the resources of the Internet as well as in traditional "brick and mortar" repositories.

10:30 a.m.Traditional vs. Computer Based Genealogical Research: Not "Either/Or" but "BOTH"
This talk uses "for instances" to demonstrate the many ways that computer based research can be used in conjunction with traditional repository research. We emphasize that genealogical research is not an "either/or" proposition, but that successful genealogists will use BOTH traditional and computer based approaches to produce better results than either approach could have produced alone.

1:30 p.m. The "Other Side" of the Courthouse
This talk deals with the valuable genealogical records which can be found in court records BEYOND the ones normally researched by genealogists and how modern search engines and online legal record services can simplify and improve the success at finding valuable records.

3:00 p.m. The Newest Electronic Frontier - Searchable Scanned Newspapers
It is finally becoming possible to tap into the genealogical riches in many unindexed newspapers because optical scanning has made a reality of online, "every word searchable" access to many newspapers. This session will provide detailed examples of what is available.

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