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Volume 16, Issue 12 (December 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

December 13th - LGS Holiday Luncheon, Big Spring Country Club, 12:00 Noon. (See announcement below)

December 27th - "NO MEETING".

The Board of the Louisville Genealogical Society would like to extend to the members the very best during the Holiday Season!

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.

Bullitt County Genealogy Society
Will meet Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Shepherdsville City Hall for our Christmas meeting (finger foods, Show-and-Tell).

Annual LGS Holiday Luncheon
Now is the time to mark your calendar and make your reservations for the Annual LGS Holiday Luncheon.
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at 12:00 Noon
Place: Big Spring Country Club, Emerald Room, 5901 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, Kentucky
Cost: $20.00 per person (subject to change)
Speaker: Bob Hill
Courier-Journal Columnist Bob Hill will talk about his search to find his Irish ancestors that ended - almost as a surprise - with his standing in the stone ruins of his great grandmother's house on a hillside above the Atlantic Ocean. It was such an emotional moment that Bob, his wife, Janet, and their two children and daughter-in-law returned to the same spot. Bob will co-host an Irish-American reunion at Hidden Hill, his eight-acre farm, nursery and sculpture garden near Utica, Indiana, next June. Bob will also have slides of his visit - and a few of his 150-year-old farmhouse and land near Utica. For a Holiday Luncheon Reservation form, click here.


President - Marguerite Knauer Miller
Vice President - Shirley Bobzien Brinly
Recording Secretary - Delores Ann Eisenbeis
Corresponding Secretary - Janis Bott Fowler
Treasurer - Ross Edwin Sherer

New Members:
SPRINKLE, Shirley G.

From the Desk of the President:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors, committee chairpersons and members for their support, encouragement and leadership and for making this year very special for me. The attendance at our 20th Anniversary Luncheon and the Family History Seminar and Book Fair were both exceptional. During the year your support of our Spring and Fall trips and our meeting Programs and Workshops gives credit to why the Louisville Genealogical Society meetings remain the place to be on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. It has been my privilege to be part of an organization that has so many talented, knowledgeable and hard working members as the Louisville Genealogical Society. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Larry Selby

Continued Holiday Luncheon Information
Don't forget to bring family history and genealogical interesting items that you would like to show off. A special table will be set up at the luncheon for you to show off those special things that you have found, discovered and put together which might be of interest to LGS members.

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

SHARING INFORMATION IS SECOND NATURE TO MOST GENEALOGISTS, but trading database files is not always as easy as it sounds. Here's how to do it correctly.

1. Ask the intended recipient what type of computer they have, what genealogy software program they use and what version of the software they are running.

2. If they are using the same software as you are and their version is the same or later than yours, then send them your file in the same format it is stored on your computer (i.e., Family Tree Maker files have the extension .ftw).

3. If they are using different software or an earlier version of your software program, then check your software manual to see what file formats you can save in.

4. You can also usually access the available file formats by selecting "Save As" or "Export" from your software's file menu (this varies by program).

5. If your recipient uses an earlier version of your software and your program allows you to save in that version's format, then this is an easy option for you.

6. Keep in mind that newer versions of a software program may contain extra information fields which are not available to an earlier version. Thus, when you save in the older format, some of the information may not be added to the new file.

7. If they use a different brand of genealogy software, then your best choice is to create output in the GEDCOM (*.ged) standard format, which allows one brand of genealogy software to successfully share information with another brand.

8. After exporting your genealogy information into GEDCOM format, make sure to check the exported file to see if it includes the information that you think it does. You can run a test by importing the GEDCOM into an "empty" database.

9. Please keep in mind the privacy of living people. Use GEDCOM Cleaning Software to privatize the information on living individuals from the file you created before sending it.

10. Copy the file you have created onto a disk or attach it to an e-mail and send it on its way!


1. Saving data on CD's is getting easier nowadays, with programs designed to allow the CD to be opened and closed just like the older 3-1/2" floppies are. The gain to a user using CD's is the volume of data that can be stored on a CD versus diskette.

2. Give the file a short, but recognizable, name - something that will help the recipient to remember where it came from.

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