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Volume 19, Issue 01 (January 2008)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


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.

Meetings & Workshops:

JANUARY 8th -- Jerry Rice

TOPIC: FONTAINE FERRY PARK...a time of innocence.
Through rare films, vintage photographs and heartfelt recollections, Louisville's famed 1905-1969 amusement landmark, Fontaine Ferry Park, comes alive in this original one-hour video production.

Writer/Director Jerry Rice, a Louisville West-End native, weaves the beginning-to-end story of "Fountain" Ferry through the eyes of its former owners, workers and generations of happy patrons. Color and black-and-white films of the park, uncovered from many sources after years of storage, span over a half-century of nostalgic memories. Combined with the footage are more than 1,000 photographs, slides and hundreds of pieces of fascinating memorabilia gleaned from enthusiasts who share enjoyment of the amusement property's rich history.

Scenes from various other regional amusements of yesteryear are also shown in the program: Louisville's White City, Kiddieland, the old Kentucky State Fairgrounds; Indiana's Glenwood Park and Rose Island; plus, Cincinnati's famous Coney Island. The wonderful memories of childhood -- of an innocence perhaps lost -- await to be rediscovered and embraced once again through FONTAINE FERRY PARK...a time of innocence.

BIO: Jerry Rice grew up in the Parkland neighborhood, attended Butler High School and the University of Louisville. In 1962, upon high school graduation, he pursued a career in media, beginning with fledgling television station WLKY. Film and video production opportunities soon opened with WHAS-TV, which in turn led to broadcasting management positions in Chicago with the Moody Broadcasting Network during the 1970s.

Upon returning to Louisville in the '80s, Jerry decided to share his love of local history in an active way. During his tenure as president of the Louisville Historical League -- and later chairman of Preservation Alliance -- he spent years researching and writing video histories of Kentuckiana's most beloved gathering spots of the past. The resulting projects were: FONTAINE FERRY PARK...a time of innocence, and FOURTH STREET...Louisville's street of yesterdays, both widely distributed by Tim Young Productions during the 1990s. Jerry is a Contributing Editor/Writer for the Encyclopedia of Louisville and the Kentucky Encyclopedia. He especially cherishes collaboration with Kentucky's late, noted historians Thomas D. Clark and George H. Yater. During the past decade, Jerry has continued his document and photographic research of local points of interest and intrigue. He retired as Library Archivist for The Courier-Journal in 2006. His wife, Marguerite, is a noted local artist, and they are the proud parents of two children -- both teachers -- and grandparents of four who happily "wear them out" when visiting their Roanoke, Virginia home.

JANUARY 22nd - "How Good Are YOU" This workshop will discuss several aspects of our research that we seldom have an opportunity to share with others.

1) In what spot did you find the most unusual clue that helped break down a brick wall?
2) Have you ever felt as though you were on "Hallowed Ground"? This may have been a place where your family lived, a memorial, etc.
3) Have you ever been somewhere where you felt "unwanted", "a presence", or just a feeling that you cannot explain?
4) What #1 Research Tip would you like to share that you find helps you the most?

Janet Baughman will be the facilitator.

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Recording Longitudes and Latitudes

Genealogists have always been taught to record our sources of information. We not only record the name of the book or other source of genealogy information, but we also record the location of the building (repository) where we found it. Typically we record the building's name, street address, city and state.

With today's technology, shouldn't we also be recording the geographic coordinates? With GPS receivers and the plethora of high-quality on-line maps, it is now easy to find the exact latitude and longitude of any address. Unlike street names, the longitude and latitude will never change.

I have written about finding cemeteries and other locations of genealogical interest by using GPS receivers. Shouldn't we be recording the exact latitude and longitudes of those cemeteries into our genealogy databases? Perhaps the cemetery's location alone isn't enough. Should we record the exact location of the ancestor's tombstone?

How about the location of great-great-grandfather's farm? I believe the latitude and longitude of that farm would be a valuable entry in your database so that future genealogists who have access to your data can find that farm's location, even if it has since become covered with weeds or perhaps become a high-rise apartment building. In short, I think we should record the geographic coordinates of every location in our genealogy databases.

You can enter the latitude and longitude of any location as a text note into most any modern genealogy program. However, several of the better genealogy programs have specific database fields for these coordinates.

If you own a GPS receiver, the next time you visit an ancestral site of any sort, you should record its geographic coordinates into your database. You can also find similar information by consulting topographic maps.

Posted by Dick Eastman on December 30, 2007.

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Online with Ivan
Copyright, Ethics, and Genealogy

I trust that your holiday season was rewarding and recharged your genealogical genes. As we start 2008 I invite us to explore information about copyright law and ethics in genealogy. These important topics rank high in the National Genealogical Society consideration and it should equally rank high with each of us.

We begin by exploring Copyright Laws. What can you copyright, what can you not copyright? How do I post a copyright notice? What steps do I take to secure a copyright? Rather than re-invent the wheel, I recommend using some existing web sites to help us gain a working knowledge of copyright laws.

The Library of Congress offers a web site called Copyright Basics: When studying copyright law, take note of what cannot be copyrighted. Data such as census records, vital statistics, etc., fall into this category. Regardless of who discovered the data, it is not copyrightable. Also pay attention to the length of a copyright. A big change occurred in copyright law January 1, 1978. The date of a copyright makes a significant difference in the length of the copyright.

Another area you will need to investigate is the topic of “fair use.” How much of a work can you cite in your publication without securing written permission to use? This is not an easily defined issue. “Err on the side of caution” would be a good practice.

The National Genealogical Society provides a series of links under the broad category of Genealogical Standards: These standards outline acceptable genealogical practices which each of us would be well advised to adopt.

Elizabeth Powell Crowe (Genealogy Online, p. 70) includes the following formats under publications: gedcom files, web sites, print media, message boards, mailing lists, family group sheets, and exchanges via email or US Postal Service mail. You will want to consider the privacy concerns of all individuals before circulating information about them.

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Please take note:
Your LGS dues are due for 2008 if the code after your name on the newsletter mailing label is '07 or 'Q7. Please send in your dues before the holiday rush. Thanks. Mailing Chairman

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Membership Renewal

Annual dues are $15.00 for an individual and $18.00 for a family. Dues are based on the calendar year. Click here for a Membership Application. Application with payment should be mailed to:
Ross Sherer, Treasurer
P.O. Box 24566
Louisville, KY 40224-0566

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"As you may know our computer LCD projector we had just acquired from the successful clock raffle went missing from the LGS library. The LGS board has voted to ask for volunteer contributions to replace it. We have already received $175 toward replacement. (The missing projector cost about $800.) If you would like to contribute, please send a check marked Projector Fund to: LGS Treasurer, PO Box 24566, Louisville KY 40224-0566 or give cash to our Treasurer, Ross Sherer. Contributions are tax deductible and a note confirming your cash contribution will be provided.

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New Members:
BALDES, Bert & Ellen, 100 Henry Veech Rd., Finchville KY 40022
ENGELMANN, Carol, 295 E. Wyoming St., St. Paul MN 55107

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