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Volume 16, Issue 1 (January 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

January 11th - Joe Hardesty, from the Louisville Free Public Library, is going to present a very interesting program, "Getting the Most Out of the LFPL Website". So, for all you internet explorers, don't miss this important insight into the Library's Website.

January 25th - "DNA" Mel Arnold Mel is a member of the LGS and is going to discuss Gene - DNA and the relationship to Genealogy. This is a timely issue and should be interesting to all.

Seminar & General Board Meeting - Each meeting to be held one hour before the regular LGS meetings 2nd and 4th Tuesdays respectively.

The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society in New Albany, Indiana, has recently completed purchasing the entire 2,670 rolls of the microfilm collection of the Revolutionary War Soldiers Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrants with the assistance of a $20,000.00 grant from Caesar's Riverboat Casino Foundation of Floyd County, announces SIGS president Roger Gleitz.
Researchers can now view all select and non-select Revolutionary War letters and papers held by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Viewing is possible at the Indiana Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Library at 180 West Spring Street in New Albany. Look-ups and copies can be had by writing SIGS Volunteers, P.O. Box 665, New Albany, IN 47151-0665 or There is no charge to use the collection yourself, and SIGS charges $15 per look-up for non-members ($10 for each for membership fee of $15/year) plus copier costs. All material will be sent less than 30 days upon receipt.
There are only four other complete sets of Revolutionary War microfilms with the non-select material included. The National Headquarters of the Sons of the American Revolution is located nearby in Louisville, Kentucky. Caesar's Foundation of Floyd County supports local projects with revenue from Caesar's Riverboat, the world's largest gambling casino.

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.

The Bullitt County Genealogical Society
No meeting will be held for January 2005. Meetings will resume with February 2005 to be announced in the next LGS Newsletter.

Holiday Luncheon
WOW. What a great luncheon! The food was super. Wonderful member and guest attendance. Congratulations to the new LGS Officers. Much thanks to Dr. Ron Bryant for providing a very interesting talk. Thanks to George Meyers, I mean our own Earl Meyers, for the sing-along. And, Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, our hosts.

Genealogy Quiz
Take this quiz to see how well you know the basics of genealogy.

1. You have the names of three siblings born between 1884 and 1887 and need to know the names of their parents. Which census would be the best one to start with?

2. IGI stands for. ?
International Genealogical Index;
Index of German Immigrants;
Itemized Guardianship Inventories;
Irish Geographical Index

3. The best place to start your genealogical research is ?
National Archives;
Mormon Library

4. It's been said that "genealogy of place" is vital to doing research. This means that the most important thing to do when you find out the name of the town an ancestor was from is to ?
Learn the important people in a town's history;
Determine where the town is located and how boundaries have changed over time;
Go to the town itself to research your family's history;
Learn where the cemeteries are located in the town.

5. An ancestor died intestate. This means ?
He left no will;
He was traveling out of state when he died;
He died in a state prison;
His body was never found.

6. Your grandfather's sister's daughter is your ?
Great aunt;
Second cousin;
First cousin once removed

7. The standard way to write May 8th, 1904, is ?
8 May 1904;
May VIII 1904

8. You do not know your grandmother's maiden name. She was married several times. The surname you will use for her on a pedigree chart is ?
The surname of her first husband;
The surname of your grandfather;
The surname she had when she died;
None of the above.

9. You found several records that give your ancestor's birthdate. Rank the sources in order for reliability.
1834 baptismal record;
1850 census;
1902 death record;
1974 family history book

10. Finding the original meaning of your surname will help you in researching your ancestors?
True or False

Quiz Answers: Next Month's LGS Newsletter

A Remarkable Database Has Been Added To The Internet
It is a collection of detailed information about more than 3 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Called the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, but for the tragedy that created it, it is a genealogical gold mine. It was developed by Yad Vashem, the principal Holocaust memorial and archives located in Jerusalem. The site is at
The majority of documents in the database are known as Pages of Testimony, a manuscript collection created over the past 50 years by Yad Vashem from family members who stated (gave testimony) that their family member was murdered in the Holocaust. The submitter was asked to provide the victim's name, maiden name if a married woman, year of birth, name of parents, place of birth, place of residence before the Holocaust, place of death, name of spouse including maiden name, and names and ages of children who perished. It is virtually a three-generation chart. The document also includes the name/address of the submitter and relationship to the deceased. Jewish genealogists throught the world already are discovering in the database family members who perished in the Holocaust that were previously known only by familiar relationship (i.e., a grandfather's brother). They are also finding that the persons who submitted the Pages of Testimony are sometimes family members previously not known to have survived. There are two search facilities: the basic search that appears on the initial screen and an advanced search. The basic search permits the user to search by last name, first name and place. The advanced search allows access to most fields on the Page of Testimony. The system automatically uses a synonym feature that is very valuable. Yad Vashem has compiled a list of both last and first names and determined which are synonyms of the other. In one example, searching for a person whose name was Rose identified women whose given names were Raizel, Reize, Risci, Raizela, Royze, Roza, Roze and Ruza. The last-name search feature automatically includes searching for maiden name. You can even search by submitter name.

Thanks to Barbara Davis for the news item.

New Bill Will Close Records to Genealogists
HR10, which was mentioned in the 13 October issue of RootsWeb Review, has passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and is now part of Senate Bill S.2845. The amendments suggested by David Rencher in his letter to the bill's sponsor, Congressman J. Dennis Hastert, were NOT incorporated into this legislation. Thus, the terms of HR10 will now be considered by the Senate, as part of S.2845. If S.2845 becomes law, as now written, family historians will face some real challenges in attempts to obtain birth records, even on long-deceased individuals. Specifically, what genealogists need to do is suggest to their lawmakers the addition of Sec. 3061(b)(1)(A)(iii) that would read:

"who is alive on the date that access to their birth certificate is requested"

This addition would clarify that the legislation (soon to be law) applies ONLY to birth certificates of CURRENTLY LIVING PERSONS. If you do not know your U.S. Senator's e-mail address, you can find it at This bill can be found on-line at Put in S.2845 (in the bill number window) and then select item No. 3; and go to Subtitle B--Identity Management Security; Chapter 2--Improved Security for Birth Certificates.

Previously published in RootsWeb Review:
8 December 2004, Vol. 7, No. 49

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