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Volume 18, Issue 2 (February 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

February 13th - “History of Kentucky's Early Churches” presented by Dr. John Hull, who is an associate pastor at Beargrass Christian Church since 1998. He previously served churches in Georgia and California and taught university-level biblical studies in California and Texas. John holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hebrew Bible from Claremont Graduate University. He oversees adult and children's ministries, Bible studies and has designed their web page.

His talk includes the early 1800s revival movement, which was heavily concentrated in Kentucky at Cane Ridge. This was a time when many of our pioneer ancestors came to or passed through Kentucky. Dr. Hull is as engaging a speaker as he is knowledgeable. Our membership and guests will find this talk enlightening and enjoyable.

February 27th - The February Workshop will be on Clues, Wild-Guesses and other off-the-beaten-path in genealogical research. How many times have you found something that looked "interesting", but really didn't seem to be of help in research only to discover that you had unearthed a gold mine of information and/or leads? This workshop will be exchanging information on how these "finds" came about and how they turned out.

I'm asking for member participation in this workshop, as we have a group that always has new and exciting ideas, research techniques and just general information that may be of interest to other members. I hope that we can find new ideas in how to conduct our own "Family Tree" research.

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My Apologies for being late with the LGS Newsletter. As a few are aware, I have been out of town to attend my father-in-law's, Mary's father's funeral and spending some time with Mary's mother getting her settled into a new living situation. We had to spend an extraordinary amount of time in doing this and with satisfactory results. Therefore, getting out the Newsletter just couldn't get done in a timely manner.

Sorry...Greg Claypool, editor

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.

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New Databases on New
The Essex Antiquarian - Just added: Volume 4 (1900)

This week, we are releasing the fourth volume of The Essex Antiquarian, "An illustrated ... magazine devoted to the biography, genealogy, history, and antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts," which was published and edited by Sidney Perley between 1897 and 1909. The journal was published monthly from January 1897 to June 1901, and then quarterly from July 1901 to October 1909. Each yearly volume contains 200-220 pages consisting of genealogical articles and a variety of photographs, maps, illustrations, gravestone inscriptions, all pertaining to Essex County. The thirteen original volumes of The Essex Antiquarian are available in our Research Library, call number F72/E7/E74 1897-1909.

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Social Security Death Index - Free Access

Updated through November, 2006

The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA.

Data is now current through November, 2006. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit This database now contains the names of over 77,400,000 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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Betty Darnell and Deborah Campisano will present "Solving Your Family History Mystery: Genealogy 101" as part of the Spring 2007 "Options" at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Louisville, Shelby Campus, on Shelbyville Road, just East of Hurstbourne Parkway.

There will be four sessions on Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Mar. 15, Mar. 22, Mar. 29, and Apr. 5. Fee is $40. To register: (1) on line at; click on "Continuing and Professional Education", then "Personal Enrichment", or (2) by phone, with MasterCard or VISA, 502-852-6456, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or (3) mail registration form and payment to Continuing and Professional Education, Shelby Campus, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

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Announcing Family Roots Radio

A new genealogy "radio program" is available but with one difference: you listen to this one on your computer, not with a radio. It is available worldwide with no static or other "radio noises." You can listen to genealogy experts Kory L. Meyerink, Illya D'Addezio, and others as they present information of interest to genealogists.

The following announcement was written by Family Roots Radio:

ProGenealogists, Inc. and Genealogy Today announced the launch "Family Roots Radio," a weekly hour-long radio show will begin airing each Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific (4:00 p.m. Eastern) began February 8, 2007.

Hosted by well-known genealogical author, speaker and researcher, Kory L. Meyerink, the show will feature a wide range of "how-to" elements designed to assist all people interested in family history, from the novice to the professional. In addition to answering general questions from listeners, spotlighting important family history news and providing research tips from professionals, the show will include guests from among the most prominent genealogists today. The show will also explore effective ways to use software and the Internet in the pursuit of family history, including spotlighting data-rich websites. In addition, an "interactive" feature will walk listeners through the use of important sites, while they are listening to the broadcast.

"Family Roots Radio" will be broadcast on the popular VoiceAmerica Channel, accessible by anyone having an Internet connection with audio capabilities. The addition of an interactive website and downloadable archives of past shows will provide many more listener options than available via traditional radio broadcasts.

For more information visit A new genealogy "radio program" is available but with one difference: you listen to this one on your computer, not with a radio. It is available worldwide with not static or other "radio noises." You can listen to genealogy experts Kory L. Meyerink, Illya D'Addezio, and others as they present information of interest to genealogists.

A latest articles on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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Membership dues are past due. The cut off date is Feb 28. If you have not paid your dues by then, your membership will be canceled and you will not receive the monthly newsletter or the 2007 Quarterlies. So, fill out the membership application and send it and your check as directed on the application. Please note the dues have increased since last year and your check should reflect the change.

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New Members
CAMPBELL, Sidney Jane - 3314 Ingle Avenue, Louisville KY 40206
ANDERSON, Sheelah - 1384 S. Third St., Louisville KY 40208
CRONK, Beverly - 9000 Hurstbourne Lane, Louisville KY 40220
MINOR, David and Jackie - 3603 Garden Ct., Shepherdsville KY 40165

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Mark your calendars now for the Owsley Family Historical Society 2007 annual meeting to be held June 7-9, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Programs plans include the latest DNA findings on the Owsley surname project, tracing German ancestry and the Owsley connection to the High Kings of Ireland.

Information will be available at or contact Sheila Patterson at or Connie Howard at You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

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NGS Conference in the States and Family History Fair 16-19 May 2007 in Richmond, Virginia.

The 2007 Conference in the States promises to be one of our best yet. With more than one hundred educational sessions on all aspects of genealogical research, workshops, and networking social events, there is everything for the beginner to the most advanced genealogical researcher.

Archivist of the United States Professor Allen Weinstein will be making opening remarks at the opening session on Wednesday, 16th May, to be followed by a presentation by Crandall Shifflet.

For a complete program listing please visit

For further information please go to the NGS Web site at or register right now at

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