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Volume 18, Issue 7 (July 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

July 10th - “The Great Flood of 1937: Rising Waters - Soaring Spirits” written and presented by Rick Bell.

Rick Bell, ExecutiveDirector of the U.S. Marine Hospital Foundation, is a native of the Portland neighborhood. A non-profit fund-raising professional for over thirty years, Bell attended the University of Kentucky, where he majored in journalism. He was awarded two Photographic Department internships at the Courier-Journal. Formerly the Assistant to the Director of The Filson Club, Bell has worked for years compiling a history of the Portland neighborhood. Bell and his wife, Susie, designed the Museum of The Filson Club and operated their own museum exhibit design firm. Among their projects were the Nature Center for the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Kennedy Southwestern Collection at Ohio University.

Experts in folk art and Navajo weaving, they lived in southwestern Colorado for 10 years, returning to Louisville in 2001. While living at the base of Mesa Verde National Park, Bell provided photographs for five books and operated Folk Art of the Four Corners Gallery, the nation’s only Navajo folk art retailer. Bell also worked at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and served as Interim Executive Director of the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, the nation’s oldest and largest Indian arts festival. He is married to Susie Campbell Bell, a faculty member of Louisville Design Tech and an interior designer. He, Susie, their cat Petoskey and two Golden Retrievers, live in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. Rick Bell is completing a book on the Louisville’s Great Flood of 1937 which will be released in January 2007 on the 70th anniversary of the crisis.

Rick Bell will present a slide show featuring images from his new book, The Great Flood of 1937: Rising Waters-Soaring Spirits. Many of the images appear in Bell's book, but several will not be familiar to the audience. The '37 Flood, the greatest challenge in the history of Louisville, ranks among America's greatest natural disasters and had profound impact on the community and citizens.

July 24th - "Marriage and Porbate Records - Betty Darnell - Your ancestor's life can be summarized in three snappy words - Hatched, Matched and Dispatched. In this program, we will deal with "Matched" (Marriage Records) and "Dispatched" (Probate Records).

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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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Other Genealogical & Historical Society Meetings

Bullitt County ......Spencer County

June 30 – 10:30 a.m. Free seminar on cemetery preservation, at Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville, led by Ann G. Johnson, of the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, Kentucky Historical Society. Ms. Johnson will speak on laws related to cemetery preservation, access to cemeteries, rubbings, mapping, registering a cemetery, etc. After a break for lunch (on your own), we will meet at the nearby Shepherdsville Pioneer Graveyard for hands-on learning about tombstone care and cleaning. Reservations requested, at Bullitt Co. History Museum, 502-921-0161, or

July 19 — 6:30 p.m. Joe Reinhart, speaking about his new book on "August Willich, Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters, from the 32nd Indiana Infantry" at Bullitt County Genealogical Society meeting, Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville KY. July 23 — 7:00 p.m. Spencer Co. Historical & Genealogical Society meeting, at the library in Taylorsville. Program to be announced.

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Online with Ivan
Newsletters and Genealogy
Many of us know about newsletters such as the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter One possible source we may have overlooked is to search the Internet for newsletters published by family associations. To find such publications, I entered “newsletter +genealogy” without the quotation marks in Google and searched. I found quite a list of hits and explored some of them. Many of them were for particular families.

To narrow the list to genealogy publications specifically relative to my research I entered “newsletter +genealogy +baugh” (omit the quotation marks and substitute your family name here) and found many hits I will explore.

My search described above led me to a publication of interest. You can investigate it online to see if it will meet your needs: This CD contains over 4,000 pages of .pdf files containing information published in the past on the web site. I encourage you to check this one out; it may prove useful. The index certainly captured my attention;. The web site provides 13 links at the top of the page that allows you to get a feel for the information contained on the CD. You will find the index of this CD at Using the search feature of Acrobat Reader (binoculars is the icon), I found over 2 full columns in the index as well as a number of pages where a Baugh had married into another family.

Have you found a document image or picture on the Internet you want to keep? One way to do that is click the right mouse button on the image. From the menu that appears choose Save picture as… In the window that opens, choose the location where you want to save the file (where you can remember where you put it is a good location) and then type a name for the file that makes sense. This will probably save your image as a .jpg file, a file format that works well on the Internet. To use the image in a word processing document (I’ll use Microsoft Word for this explanation), click in the document where you want the picture to appear. From the Insert menu choose Picture; from the pop out menu choose from File. Navigate to the location where you saved the picture and click on the file name. The picture will appear at the point where you had your cursor. If the picture is too large, click on the picture. This puts black dots at the corners of the picture. Place your cursor on a corner, press the Shift key while you click and drag. This resizes the picture proportionally. It is a smart idea to immediately insert the picture in a word processing document and copy the URL (address) of the page from which you secured the picture. Then save it with a meaningful name for future reference.

May online genealogy help you break through a brick wall you face!

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New Members: Nancy Roberson 3501 Pinecone Circle, Lou., KY 40241

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Our travel plans have been finalized to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This faccility is a premier genealogy library for Books, microfiche, and microfilm from around the world. Although many items may be ordered through the Family History Center many of the books and family histories have not been filmed and are available at the library. The group will be staying from 16-23 September at the Carlton Hotel and travel on Southwest or Delta. The weekly rates again are $365 single, and $405 double plus taxes for rooms. For more information email Larry Selby at

LGS Family History Seminar is getting close. Have you made your reservations for the Guest Speaker talks, the free lectures and order your lunch for the day. We’ll hurry up and get to it. By the way, we are also looking for donations for the Silent Auction and Free Give-away Table. Pass on those old magazines and books you don’t need anymore. For the Silent Auction table, virtually anything goes. Be creative, homemade gifts, an hour of your time to do research of your choice, donations you can get from local business and so forth. We need your help. All items can be brought to any of the LGS regular meetings and given to our President or any Board Member. Thank you in advance.

"The Evansville, Indiana, local history database contains newspaper clippings of local value from the Evansville Press, which made a joint donation of its archives to the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and to Willard Library after the newspaper ceased publication with the December 31, 1998, issue. Indexing of the newspaper clippings is very much a work in progress. It is estimated that only about 10% of the Press clippings of local interest have been indexed.

Added to the Press clippings is the lifetime work of Charles Browning. His two monumental biographical works, People of Evansville in World War II, about 40,000 cards, and his People Study, about 537,000 cards, are now online for the first time. They complement Mr. Browning’s other online work, the Browning Genealogy Database ("

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