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Volume 16, Issue 7 (July 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

July 12th - "LGS Anniversary Luncheon", a fun time to celebrate the society's successes and recognize founding VIP's. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Tom Owen, celebrated historian who will offer up a presentation. Reservations are required for this event to be held at Big Spring Country Club. Take note, that the luncheon will start promptly at 12 Noon. If you show up at the church, you are at the wrong location.

July 26th - "Numismatics and Genealogy", presented by Larry Selby, et al. The United States started minting coins in 1792. Up until then, coinage use in the United States was a hodge-podge of almost every kind of foreign, provincial, and state minted coin and token. For over 200 years our ancestors have used the coins for payment and purchases the same as we do today. Learn about the coins our ancestors carried in their pockets and purses. The cents, nickels, dimes and quarters have gone through many different designs and metal compositions. From the late 19th Century, see the "type" of coins that have not been seen in a long, long time. This will be interesting and you will be able to actually view examples of coins typically in circulation in the 19th Century and to date.

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 Genealogical Society:
Bullitt County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, July 21st, at 7:45 p.m., at the Kentucky Room, Super 8 Motel, Shepherdsville. Debbie Campisano and Betty Darnell will present an "Ask the Pro" session. Bring your research questions; maybe someone will have a clue to get you over that "brick wall".

Go West Young Men and Women!!!! Maximize Your Research -- Fall Travel to Salt Lake City:
Our travel plans have been finalized to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This facility is a premier genealogy library. Books, microfiche and microfilm from around the world. Although many items may be ordered through the Family History Centers, many of the books and family histories have not been filmed and are available at the Library. Most of the group will be staying from 18-25 September at the Carlton Hotel and travel on Southwest or Delta. Weekly rates are $365 single, $405 double and $445 triple. Please check the LGS website or e-mail Betty Graham at for additional details.

20th Anniversary Luncheon
Louisville Genealogical Society invites you to the 20th Anniversary Luncheon at Big Spring Country Club on July 12th. A Soup and Salad Bar Buffet will begin at Noon. In addition to the soups, numerous delicious salads, including fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood, will be served. We will also celebrate with a 20th Anniversary cake for dessert.

Click here for a printable Reservation Form for the Anniversary Luncheon.

A Reminder
You can register to attend the Family History Seminar classes and lectures by clicking here or you can also pick up a form at any of the regular LGS meetings, in the LDS Family History Center, many local bookstores and libraries. Be sure to get your registration in early so you don't miss out on any of the presentations.

Donations, Giveaways, Auction Items Needed:
Before we know it, the Annual Family History Seminar will be taking place, so now is the time to gather together those genealogy magazines and materials that you are finished with and submit them to LGS. Also, if you have something to donate for the silent auction, please drop it by during a regular meeting. Thanks for your help.

LGS Crystal Ball:
Just to give you guys a heads-up on future events that are in the planning stages for now. Needless to say, detailed information will be announced as event plans are finalized.
LGS 20th Anniversary Luncheon - July 12th
LGS Family History Seminar - August 27th
Kentucky Archives (possible trip) - August 30th
LGS Salt Lake City Research - September 18th to 25th

Tracing African American Ancestry:
NARA's Genealogy Pages
African American Research:
Freedmen's Bureau Online:
Africa WorldGenWeb Page:
African-Native American History and Genealogy Home Page:
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: U.S. Colored Troops:

Last Minute Updates:
As of today's editing of the newsletter, over 60 people have registered for the 20th Anniversary Luncheon, so, if you plan to attend, hurry and get registered with Amelia. Also, 12 vendors have signed up for the Family History Seminar, with more expected to register with Betty. An August trip to the Kentucky Archives in Frankfort, Kentucky, is being planned. More about this event will be announced in the next newsletter. The LGS Board is looking for volunteers to help with Society projects, Seminar helpers and a few committee positions that are vacant. Please contact Larry Selby for details.

Treasurer's Report May 2005
Bank Balance $4,244.13
CD's $6,035.16
Paid Members: 270

One of the easiest methods for organizing your original family photographs is to group them by size. This can be done by purchasing archival plastic sheets that have pockets in them. These come in many different sizes to accommodate almost any popular size original even if they were mounted on a mount board. If you would prefer to organize them by date, you would need several extra pocket sleeves because each decade of photographs had various sizes that were popular at certain times. Therefore, you may have one page containing one or two 5x7 photographs from the 1880's (for example) and another page containing one or two 8x10's from the 1890's. Other options are to use archival photo albums with archival pages and using archival corner mounts. This would enable you to display several photographs of various sizes on a single page, but the albums are usually quite expensive because of the high quality materials used. If you have any copy negatives, these same pages also come in sizes that can store various size negatives. Never store the negatives with the prints. One of the best places to store your negatives or originals is in a safe deposit box in a local bank. The temperature, humidity and darkness are just ideal for preservation purposes.

Most family photographs taken today are in color. Most people are not aware that color photographs (especially those that are displayed) will not last more than 50 years. Keeping that in mind, one of the best ways to organize the photos you take today is to store them in archival pocket sleeves as in the older photographs above. Most photographs that you get today are either 3-1/2 x 5" or 4 x 6". Both sizes are available in the plastic pocket sleeves. Many manufacturers of these sleeves also have areas on each sheet where you can record the event, people and places photographed. Do this for future generations so they won't have the same problems you are encountering. Once again, these same manufacturers also make archival sleeving for the negatives. These can be organized into three-ring binders, and each book could cover a time period.....individual.....event or location (such as a vacation). Once again, keep the negatives separate from the photographs. You can also organize the negatives the same way especially since each sheet of plastic usually holds one roll of film.

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To view past Louisville Genealogical Society Newsletters,
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