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Volume 17, Issue 7 (July 2006)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

July 11th - Philip J. DeBlasi has been researching a City Pauper Cemetery for two years and will share his findings at our meeting. Became interested in the excavation and preservation of historic cemeteries in the mid-1980s with involvement in the investigation of the Louisville Cemetery (Poplar Level Road). Assisted the Kentucky Attorney General with investigations of Eastern, Greenwood and Schardein Cemeteries as well as many small family and church cemeteries throughout Kentucky.

Assistant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kentucky State Police and various police agencies with analysis of skeletonized human remains. Is qualified as an expert witness in several southeast states. Presents annual cemetery preservation seminars at Mammoth Cave National Park for the National Park Service.

Teaches skeletal forensics and archaelogy courses at the University of Louisville.

Born in Syracuse, New York and son of an Air Force major who settled in Kentucky. Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaelogy in 1976 and a Master's of Science in Cultural Resource Management in 1976 from the University of Louisville. Staph Archaelogist since 1982.

As a graduate student, excavated in Poland (1977).

Has conducted regional studies of prehistoric archaelogical sites and caves (1980s and 1990s).

Asked to join the Cave Research Foundation in 1983 and has served on the Board of Directors from 1993-2004, President from 1994-1997 and elected a Fellow in 1988.

Incorporated the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaelogists, served as its first president (1986-1988), Board of Directors (1990-1993) and Secretary-Treasurer (1991-1992).

Life member of the National Speleological Society (1984).

Member of: Society of American Archaelogists, Register of Professional Archaelogists, as well as several regional archaelogical organizations.

July 25th - This workshop(s) will be presented in a novel way. You will be able to attend whichever workshop you wish or attend all four areas, depending on your interest level. These are presented in a round robin fashion, wherein you can come and go at will, very informal, so a few minutes here and a few minutes there, whatever may be your heart's desire. The presenters are as follows:

Norma Hettinger will be in the Library of the History Center to show off and explain what materials and resources they have to offer, as well as displaying their computer systems and what can be accessed.

Marcia Davis will be in our own LGS Library to explain what materials and resources are located here. Many of you may not be aware that this collection could be of valuable use for your family research.

Marguerite Miller will be discussing and demonstrating her technique for Grave Dousing. And, you thought dousing was for locating water only.

Greg Claypool will be giving hints about computer digital photo restoration, showing some techniques on how you can potentially improve the quality of your old photos electronically.

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.

New Members:
CRUTCHER, Dorothy J.

LGS Family History Seminar and Book Fair is in desperate need of donation materials for either the silent auction or the give-away free table. Last year, we had lots and lots of great items donated. So, dig into your files, closets or your garage; find those genealogy items and extras you no longer need or want. LGS will be most appreciative for the donated items, and it might be your donation that gets someone new interested in their family history and line. All donations can be brought to the regular LGS meetings or day of the Family History Seminar on August 26, 2006.

OCTOBER 14, 2006

State Conference: Illinois State Genealogical Society's Fall Conference "Footsteps to the Past: Making Tracks Through Research" will be held at the Holiday Inn, Itasca, Illinois, on Saturday, October 14, 2006. Speakers include Sandra Luebking, Paul Milner, Margaret Kapustiak, Martin Tuohy (NARA), Dan Niemiec, Eric Basir, Brother Joseph Martin and Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. Vendors will offer their genealogical products. Genealogy societies will be present as well. Registration information and on-line registration with PayPal on their website:

The Kentucky Genealogical Society and The Kentucky Historical Society present
Free Family History Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2006
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - KGS Monthly Meeting: "Family Medical History"
Begin creating a personalized family medical history and learn how gathering information on your ancestors' health problems may improve your life today and your descendants' lives in the future. A professional genetic counselor will be on hand to offer guidance.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Light lunch; free for those attending the afternoon program. Reservations are required. Contact Beth Shields at 502-564-1792, ext. 4421, or by e-mail at
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - KHS Workshop: "Vital Statistics Research".
Learn what vital statistics resources are available to Kentucky genealogists, as well as what can be substituted for this information in the absence of official records. Limits on access to vital statistics records will also be discussed.
Following the workshop, the KHS Library will be open for research until 4:00 p.m.

Photocopy Exchange Program
Allen County Library

We would be happy to add your family history or local history to our collection and would prefer a print copy if that is possible. Many genealogists simply donate a copy of their finished work to us, but we understand that will not be a possibility for everyone. We also offer our "Photocopy Exchange Program" as another means of ensuring that a copy of your work is deposited in our research collection, where it will be available to genealogists for years to come. To participate, just send your completed genealogy or history with a note mentioning "Photocopy Exchange Program" to my attention at the library address. As an enticement for you to send us material, we can offer one free hardbound copy of your compilation. One of the following two options is generally utilized:

1) You send us a typed or printed manuscript original. We make two photocopies of your original, bind one for you, one for us and return the original unbound. Copies are bound in sturdy, library-quality, buckram bindings and generally have the title and author's last name stamped on the spine.

2) You send us two typed or printed originals. We bind one for you and one for us in the same manner described above. People will often choose this option when they have documents or photos that may not reproduce as well in a photocopy process or if they are concerned about turn-around time, as we sometimes have a long backlog of photocopying work to be done.

Either way, we would be pleased to add your work to our collection. Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Steve Myers, Assistant Manager
Historical Genealogy Department
Allen County Public Library
P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270

, Introduction to caring for personal keepsakes, collectibles and family history.



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