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Volume 16, Issue 2 (February 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

February 8th - Kenny Blair will present a program about the "Salt River Iron Furnace and Kentucky Iron Industry in 1830's". Plan to attend this interesting subject, because, if you're like me, I didn't think iron production existed in this area. Something very new to learn.

February 22nd - "How to Research Old Homes" Lynn Renau, who is a member of LGS, will present a program about several sources to search for early records on the land and homes of early Louisville settlers and residents.

LGS Meetings and the Weather
The policy regarding scheduled meetings when the weather is bad is as follows: If the weather, being the snow and ice mostly, causes the cancellation of Jefferson County Schools, then any meeting scheduled for LGS on that same day shall be cancelled as well.

Email Newsletter Notice
Periodically, I get notices that some emailed newsletters are not getting delivered because of invalid address due to changes in your (ISP) internet services provider. If you have changed your email address, it is your responsibility to let me know of these changes if you wish to continue getting the newsletter by email and before the copy arrives in the regular mail. Email addresses that are invalid have to be deleted to allow the newsletter emails to go to valid internet email addresses. So, let me know when you make changes.
Greg Claypool, Editor ...

Quiz Answers
1. 1900
2. International Genealogical Index
3. Grandma
4. Determine where the town is located and how boundaries have changed over time
5. Died without a will
6. First cousin once removed
7. 8 May 1904
8. None of the above
9. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
10. False
To find the narration that explains these answers in much further detail, go to:

Treasurer's Report - Year-End 2004
Checking $5,316.81
CD's $5,986.35
Members 325

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.

It is time to renew your membership for 2005. Click here for a printable Membership Application.

Teaching Children to be Ancestor Detectors
Genealogy Guide for Parents, Grandparents and Other Loved Ones

OK - You have an interest in genealogy, or you wouldn't be here reading this article. But, have you ever thought about how to involve your children or grandchildren in your favorite pastime? If they have ever asked you "When did our family come to this country? What are some of the interesting things that our ancestors did? Do we descend from Royalty?", then now is the time to get them involved in the genealogical treasure hunt -- with the child playing the lead role of Ancestor Detector!!!

Almost all children like to play detective - to look for clues and sift through the information for answers. This fascination with detective work provides the perfect vehicle to introduce the children in your life to something unique and personal -- their ancestry. Genealogy is a wonderful hobby for all age groups and can provide an opportunity to:

* develop a stronger sense of family
* bridge the gap between generations
* share special time with your loved ones
* make history come alive!
* encourage organizational, planning, communication, logic, problem-solving, and presentation skills
* create an opportunity for lifelong learning

The genealogical treasure hunt is a search for something more precious than gold or jewels -- information that reveals something about your family. It can be in the form of a document such as a will, a picture of a long-dead ancestor, or a doll that a little girl played with a century ago. Children can have so much fun playing detective, that they won't even realize that they are learning along the way. They are stubborn by nature, and will find it especially rewarding to uncover pieces of their past that relatives might have said were lost forever. Ask your children or grandchildren to help you unravel the mystery of your family history, and you will be starting them on the journey of a lifetime.

"Power of Place"
This new database, compiled by journalists, draws from hundreds of published sources to offer a list of prior post office names, railroad depots, plat names, informal place names, and merged communities in the United States. Go to the Genealogy area, and you will see loads of information about a locality you may have interest in.

"Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History"

"The Library Online"
As a reminder, the Louisville Free Public Library can be accessed via the internet at All you need is a free library card to gain access using a PIN (personal identification number) and the card number. The Library provides a large selection of databases on their website at no charge to their patrons.

How to Share Your Genealogy Files

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. Difficulty: Easy -- Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

1. Ask the intended recipient(s) 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 email and send it on its way!

PC formatted disks work on most Macs, but that isn't the case the other way around.
Give the file a short but recognizable name - something that will help the recipient to remember where it came from.

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