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Volume 15, Issue 12 (December 2004)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

December 14th - Holiday Luncheon, Big Spring Country Club. Speaker is Dr. Ron Bryant.

December 28th - No scheduled meeting. ... "Happy Holidays"

Reminder: General Board meeting - A quick board meeting will be conducted 15 minutes before the Holiday Luncheon. Those needing to attend, please be prompt. (11:40 a.m.)

Thanks, Dick Bealmear!!!
Welcome to Bill and Shirley Brinley

On behalf of LGS, and especially from me, your newsletter editor, I would like to thank Dick Bealmear for the many hours he spent in assuring the prompt mailing of the newsletter each month. It is one of those society jobs that doesn't collect a lot of praise when done month ater month, but sure gets noted if you didn't get your newsletter on time, even though the post office had the mailing in hand plenty early. The mailing process is more than just picking up the printed newsletter from Staples, but requires the placing of a mailing label on each piece, sorting all by zip code and bundled up per Post Office regulations, the maintenance of the mailing list, all those adds, changes and deletes from the LGS membership roster, not counting the printing of the mailing labels on his own equipment. Of the 500 newsletters printed each month, 375 are manually handled each month. That's 4,500 each year. So, join with me in thanking Dick for a job well done and, at the same time, join me in welcoming our new newsletter mailing coordinators, Bill and Shirley Brinley, in taking up the challenge to perform this vital society function each and every month. Thanks to all of you for making my job as editor a lot of fun.

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 Parkway from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.

Holiday Luncheon
Our Holiday Luncheon will be December 14, 2004, at 12:00 Noon at Big Spring Country Club on Dutchmans Lane. Our speaker will be Dr. Ron D. Bryant from the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, and his subject will be "Christmas Customs of our Colonial and Pioneer Ancestors". At this meeting, we will also have a Show and Tell exhibit of articles that our members have brought. Share with others what you have found in research on your ancestors. We will recognize officers and chairmen who worked so hard in 2004 and will install the new officers for Louisville Genealogical Society for 2005. The price for this wonderful luncheon will be $17.00. Please make your reservations for your family and friends with our treasurer, Amelia Orr Debusman, at 896-4035. For a Holiday Luncheon Reservation form, click here. Click here for a printable Membership Application.

Checks should be made payable to Louisville Genealogical Society and mailed to Amelia Orr Debusman, 2934 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40206. Save the cost of a stamp ... mail both your luncheon reservation and membership renewal form at the same time.

The Bullitt County Genealogical Society
Bullitt County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. (earlier than usual time) on December 16, at the Super 8 Motel in Shepherdsville, for a pot luck dinner and social.

From President Janet Baughman
I would like to wish our members and their families a very happy holiday season, and I look forward to next year wiht our new President, Larry Selby. I want to thank everyone for their support and help this past year.
Janet Baughman

A few words more or less describe the results of this year's LGS Seminar, GREAT.....SUPERB.....EXCELLENT. Those were a few comments on the evaluation sheets for Dr. Thomas Jones and this year's seminar. A lot of effort went into the production of the event and it paid off. Thanks again to all of the committees and helpers in making it a success.

274 people were in attendance.
16 vendors and exhibitors.
The free class speakers were all excellent.
Don't miss the fun next year.

Larry Selby, Chairman

The Louisville Genealogical Society Donations
The Executive Board of the Louisville Genealogical Society has authorized the following contributions to these organizations in support of their continuing genealogical research:

A.) Louisville & Jefferson County Metro Archives & Record Center - $200.00 for equipment for genealogical research.
B.) Louisville Free Public Library Genealogical Department - $400.00 for Genealogical Materials.
C.) National Society Sons of the American Revolution - $700.00 for Genealogical Materials for the Library.
D.) Family History Center Church of the Latter-Day Saints - $400.00 for the Family History Center. (This is in additon to the $300.00 contributed annually to the FHC and church for use of the facilities for the LEG meetings and workshops.)

The 2005 Seminar will be held on August 27 and will again be at the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville. Dr. John Philip Colletta, a zealous writer whose work covers a wide range of genealogy topics in his numerous articles and four books, is the planned speaker. Dr. Colletta is a speaker in wide demand for the depth of his research and the entertaining quality of his presentations. He has been interviewed on "Voice of America", the "Today Show" and was featured in one episode of "Ancestors", a ten-part PBS series.
Dr. Colletta conducts workshops for the National Archives and teaches courses for the Smithsonian Institution. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City). You may read more about his work at his web site.

Larry Selby - LGS 2005 President
As your Newsletter Editor, I would like to introduce you to the LGS President for 2005. Although Larry Selby was the 2004 Seminar Chairman, do we really know who he is -- this guy who was running around the seminar all day long, looking worried that all was not going well and that he would be required to personally fund any seminar revenue losses???? So, I asked Larry for his bio so we can all get to know this high energy guy.

I, Larry Selby, was born in Northampton County, Virginia. I met Sharen, my wife, while working in Washington, D.C., for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1965, we married and moved to Sharen's home in Louisville. I worked for the Ford Motor company for 37 years and retired in 2002 as a field service manager in Commerical Vehicle Operations. We are proud of our three children and five grandsons (and counting). Two of our children live in or near Louisville. The third lives in Boston. My hobbies besides genealogy are golf, reading 1800's history, and coin collecting. During football season, I have been a member of the Male High School chain gang doing the 10 yard down markers for the last 16 years. I am looking forward to the new year as your President."

Welcome Aboard, Larry; it's going to be a fun year.

Jack Miller would like the membership to know that he has an extensive genealogy listing for the Hundley, Mueller, Miller families from Louisville. This also includes the Hundley or "Hunley" relationship with Horace Hunley who financed and designed the Civil War submarine. I will be happy to share with anyone researching these names. Thanks, Jack, for Sharing the Info! You can contact him at:

Member Death
LGS would like to extend sympathies to the family of longtime member of the society, Sylvia Joyce (Swan) Tapp, who passed November 9, 2004, at age 84 years at the home of her daughter. Survivors, husband Otto Fulton Tapp and daughters Karen and Loren and families.

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To view past Louisville Genealogical Society Newsletters,
For July, click here
For August, click here
For September, click here.
For October, click here.
For November, click here.