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Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 2006)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

January 10th - To be a Surprise...Sorry folks, but I don't seem to have anything to describe what the program will be but am fairly certain that whatever it is will be good and fun to hear.

January 24th - The January Workshop will be about Organization and Research. Please bring ideas, examples and/or questions on organizing our genealogical research or genealogical research. Please be sure, if you bring an example, to have your name, address and telephone number in case you should misplace it. We know we have a lot of very organized members ready to share their secrets of organization or an easier way to do research. Membership participation is encouraged and wanted. We would like to see examples of how you keep your family pictures, notebooks or whatever means you use for your research, any ideas on filing information, shortcuts in research, etc. Jane Turner Hamm and Janet Baughman look forward to seeing your suggestions and helping answer your questions for this workshop.

5th Tuesday Day Trip to the Kentucky History Center Library in Frankfort on Tuesday, January 31st. The library has a huge family history file section, a large county books collection, 12,000 reels of microfilm, and a special maps and manuscripts section found only at that library. Details on the trip will be provided at the monthly meetings.

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
No meeting scheduled for the month of January 2006

New Members:
STODDARD, Mary Catherine

U.S. LAND RECORDS BACK ONLINE. The Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States recently announced that its General Land Office (GLO) Records website is back on line at
Title companies, historians, genealogists and other interested people can once again obtain millions of historic land title records from the 30 Public Land States (those states not included in the original 13 Colonies) dating back to the 1780s. These fascinating and valuable records include homesteads, patents, military warrants and railroad grants. To date, more than 4.2 million records have been scanned and imaged since the project began in 1989.

"The GLO Records Website is one of the most popular websites at the Department of the Interior. It offers customers the ability to research and query the GLO database by name, land description and county, and view and print these historic documents from their homes or offices, saving them time and money," said BLM-Eastern States Director Mike Nedd. "We at BLM recognize the impact that this [six-month] disconnection has had on our customers, and we thank them for their patience and understanding during this period," Nedd said.

NEWS FLASH: 1852 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS SOLVE GENEALOGICAL MYSTERIES. It is New Year's Eve 1852 and Henry HYDENWELL sits at his desk by candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to write his New Year's resolutions.

1. No man is truly well educated unless he learns to spell his name at least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give the appearance of being extremely well educated in the coming year.
2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same names that my ancestors have used for six generations in a row.
3. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never list the same age or birth year twice on any document.
4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different church -- either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an itinerant minister who keeps no records.
5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county or new state at least once every 10 years -- just before those pesky enumerators come around asking silly questions.
6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every few years.
7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in recordkeeping or in participating in military service.
8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen, which has been dipped in rapdily fading blue ink.
9. I resolve that, if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marry another Mary.
10. I resolve not to make a will. Who needs to spend money on a lawyer?
Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 28 December 2005, Vol. 8, No. 52.

NEWSPAPERS. Transcriptions of old U.S. newspapers found in the attic. Mostly genealogical, but some articles, which are just interesting or amusing. Newspapers are primarily from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Staunton, Virginia.

COLORADO SUES GENEALOGY COMPANY. "The suit, filed in Arapaho County District Court against Maxwell MacMaster and his company, Morphcorp LLC, seeks to cease the operation and penalize him up to $2,000 per book sold, which could amount to $300 million," according to the Denver Post. The suit claims 150,000 people nationwide were swindled out of $49.95 each when they bought a book with fake family histories from Morphcorp of Denver. People who bought these genealogical "yearbooks" got the same family coat of arms, the same family recipes and even the same family jokes, according to a lawsuit, which was filed in late November. Consumers with complaints regarding Morphcorp or the "Family Yearbook" may call the Colorado Consumer Line toll-free 1-800-222-4444 (in Colorado) or 1-800-332-2071 (out of state) or may download a complaint form from:

REMINDER TO RENEW YOUR LGS MEMBERSHIP Annual dues are $12.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family. Dues are based on the calendar year. Click here for a printable Membership Application.

Taking Photography 101
by Rick Van Dusen
Lessons learned the hard way about digital photography:
1. Definitely use the macro setting.
2. Make sure you have camera set to take high-resolution photos.
3. Don't count on the tiny viewer to verify your pix are good; if possible, upload to a computer to see the images in large format.
4. Be a good idea to use a tripod.
5. Make sure you know how to use the camera, change the settings, etc.
6. Practice with the camera, try different settings, distances, etc.
7. Be prepared to set the camera on a tripod and measure the distance to the object so it's the same as what worked in practice.
8. Have your laptop, camera software and cable with you to verify the pictures are good.

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