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Volume 18, Issue 6 (June 2007)

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:

June 12th - Secret Women: Stories of Three Civil War Spies and the Messages They Left Behind presented by Donna M. Elkins, PhD. Dr. Donna M. Elkins is an associate professor and department head of communication at Jefferson Community and Technical College, SW campus. In March of 2005, she completed her PhD in Communication at the University of Kentucky. Her MA and BA are from Morehead State University. Elkins has taught at UK, Eastern Kentucky University, Lexington Community College and worked for over seven years at Maysville Community College in adult learning and Institutional Research. She is a native of Kentucky and now resides in Louisville with her husband, Douglas, and three very pampered felines.

This program is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and Brown Forman Corporation.

Confederate spies Belle Boyd, Rose O'Neal Greenhow and Union spy, Elizabeth Van Lew, are fascinating women even today. All three of these women managed to collect, code and communicate crucial messages across enemy lines during the most divided time in our country's history. Though they bear some resemblance in methods, bravery and passion, their personalities could not be more diverse.

Belle Boyd, with her swashbuckling escapades and male dress, played the spy role as if the Civil War was “a lighthearted game of charades”. Originally from Martinsburg, now West Virginia, Belle managed to later turn her wartime escapades into a sometimes lucrative life on the stage.

Quite the opposite, high-powered political socialite Rose Greenhow parleyed with Presidents and decision makers of the day, but ended up using her skills to talk men out of their secrets. She spent a good deal of time in prison for her efforts, and some would say she even died because of her stubborn streak.

Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew took on the whole of Richmond, Va., to care for and protect the Union soldiers she so fiercely loved. Outspoken and rebellious, she lived out her days after the war in a city that did not want her, though soon they regarded her as little more than old “Crazy Bet”.

How did these women manage to collect and communicate top secrets to their beloved armies in the midst of a bloody war? They have each left us accounts in their very own hand, through the diaries they kept about their dangerous exploits. This presentation will relay excerpts from each of these women's personal diaries and revisit accounts and descriptions of them from others. Their stories give us today insight into this bitter time in our country's history and into the secret world of women and war.

June 24th - “Evaluating On-line Genealogy Sources” by Deborah Campisano. The Internet has become a great resource to family history researchers. Indeed, the World Wide Web hosts literally thousands of sites relating to genealogy, including family trees, census records, vital statistics and so much more. But, just how reliable is the information found on some of the more popular sites? Deborah Campisano will facilitate a discussion on evaluating on-line genealogy Web sites. Members are encouraged to participate in the discussion and share their experiences with Internet genealogy.

Genealogical Society Meetings:
Bullitt County Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 on June 21, at Ridgway Library in Shepherdsville. Bryan Bush will speak on General Burbridge.

Online with Ivan

A Useful Web Site to Investigate

I did an on-line search using Google and entered the search instructions “Online Genealogy” including the quotation marks. It led me to this site you may find helpful.

Genealogy Indexes, Records & Databases on the Internet found at

The first things you see fall under the heading of General Genealogy Indexes & Records - USA. The descriptions below come from the list found on the website.

On-line Searchable Death Indexes (USA) (USA) [on this website] A listing of available death indices by state that can be searched online, including the Social Security Death Index.

On-line Birth & Marriage Records Indexes (USA) [on this website]

On-line Searchable Military Records & Databases [on this website] Links to free and fee based databases on the Internet from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam.

What Passenger Lists Are Online? [on this website]

Links to websites that have transcribed passenger lists and indices on the Internet, including Castle Garden and Ellis Island Databases, and much more.

What Census Records Are Online? [on this website]

Links to websites that have transcribed census records and indices.

On-line Naturalization Indexes & Records [on this website]

Links to websites that have transcribed Naturalization records and indices. (requires payment) Here you can search more than 3 billion names in thousands of genealogy related databases, with new material being added nearly every business day. It includes census indices, church & vital records, military indexes, obituaries, and much more. Some fee based services.

RootsWeb General Search. You can search through Rootsweb's vast on-line genealogy collection here.

The Official Federal Land Patent Records Database [website is sometimes unavailable] covers 1820-1908 (does not include all states).

Following that, you find Genealogy Records for Individual Groups & Countries.

Alphabetical by Country or Ethnic Group. These links connect you with links organized in 19 different categories from African American to the United Kingdom. Some of the categories provide multiple links for your research.

Web sites may lead to a source you will want to investigate. The address connects to a web site about a CD titled Southside Virginia Genealogies by John W. Pritchett. The web site includes a link to the Table of Contents, Sample Pages, and Index of the CD where you can see if it includes names that you may find helpful. The CD contains 4,045 pages of very thoroughly documented genealogical information.

Did you know that you can use the Home key and the End key to quickly go to the top of a web page or the bottom of a web page? Sure beats scrolling all the time!

New Members

Farris, Cheryl Ann - 110 Holliswood Rd., Lvl. KY, 40222
Knopf, David - 1031 Ficus Lane, San Marcos, CA 92069

For Your Information:

The SAR now admits LFPL members free as a courtesy.

The LFPL has a lot of material on line. Notably Heritage Quest actual census images online from home free with membership. has a look-up for family dna groups that is getting larger and is linked to a site that compares dna for multiple dna research companies. If your family name has several dna test results on record and you don't know which group you connect with a simple dna test might be able to tell you where it would be better to spend your research efforts.
Thanks to Charles Severs for this tidbit of Information.

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Help Needed for the Family History Seminar and Everyone is Invited to Participate

As everyone who has attended previous seminar events knows, we have a Give-away Table and Silent Auction. Needless to say, neither will happen without contributions from you or any contacts you may have that would like to be a contributor. Here's your chance to give away your extra magazines, books, excess research materials that are no longer needed by making contributions to the Free Table. The Silent Auction needs your help as well. Auction items can be anything and not necessarily limited to genealogy materials. Offer your time, a couple of hours of research time in your scope of interest, books, gift certificates, crafts, anything that can be legally offered. Your help and involvement in both of these activities will be greatly appreciated by the Louisville Genealogical Society.


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I am Randy Scogin, Commissioner of Programs and Education for The Scottish Society of Louisville. For our August meeting, we are pleased to have Jim Kastner, Library Director for The Kentucky Historical Society. He will speak to us on genealogical research in general, Scottish genealogical research in particular and the resources available in their library collections.

We would be pleased to have anyone from your society to join us for this fabulous presentation. I have often thought of inviting The Louisville Genealogical Society and The Irish Society of Kentuckiana to our meetings and this may be the perfect opportunity.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, August being on the 28th. We have our business meeting at 7:30 p.m., then break around 8:00 p.m. for socializing and having some treats. We have our program start around 8:15 p.m.

Please join us, hope to see you soon.

Randy Scogin

2007 Seminar Free Lectures

9:00 a.m. Room - 14

A Home Library for the Serious Genealogist

Presented by Patricia Gooldy

Do you need books to do genealogy? Isn't it all on the internet? What books does the serious genealogist need to have access to at his local library? Books your library should have available. What if they don't have them? When does it pay to have the book at home rather than at the library? Do you need all the books? Some of the books? Or none of the books at home? Which categories of books will help you solve your genealogical problems? How-to helps? Where-to access source records? Courthouse books? History books? Vital Records books? Cemetery books? Land Record books? Census books and more. What should you photocopy? What kind of books would be nice to have access to, but you don't need to have at home? With the answers to these questions, found in this lecture, you will be able to get more bang for your genealogical buck!

Patricia Gooldy is the owner of Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe in Indianapolis, Indiana. She and her late husband, Ray, have been providing lectures, exhibits, publications and other genealogical services ever since their genealogical hobby turned into a business. They have provided commercial displays to societies for their meetings and seminars since 1975. A retired school teacher, Pat has written, compiled and/or edited numerous books and designed many genealogical forms. She is a graduate of the National Archives Institute on Genealogical Research and the Kentucky Archives Institute. She has been honored with over 25 years in numerous Who's Who in America selections. She has been appointed as a Kentucky Colonel for her dedication to genealogy and has been awarded an Outstanding Lifetime Service Award from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

10:30 a.m. Room - 14

Using Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers

Presented by John Palmer

"Using Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers”: with emphasis on Kentucky and her neighboring states from the American colonial period through the Civil War". What are maps and Gazetteers, and what resources did our pioneer ancestors use? Who were the major map publishers? What resources can we use today to help find our ancestors? Where can we find the maps?

John Palmer was born in South Bend, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University South Bend in 1970 and his Master of Library Science Degree from Western Michigan University in 1973. John worked at the St. Joseph County Public Library for over 27 years, and was a reference librarian in the Local History/Genealogy Room for 10 years. John has written two books on South Bend history, both published by Arcadia Publications, and has been a regular contributor to the South Bend Area Genealogical Society Quarterly for nearly 20 years. In 2001 he received the Oak Tree Award from the South Bend Area Genealogical Society for his genealogical contributions.

John also owns Michiana History Publications, which has reprinted early maps on Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennyslvania, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. He appears regularly at local and national genealogical conferences, selling new, out of print and hard to find materials. He will have a large booth in the vendor area at the Seminar.

10:30 a.m. Room - 15

Jeffersontown Kentucky, The First 200 Years

Presented by Joellen Tyler Johnston

The program will focus on the history of Jeffersontown and some of its early families. Included too will be the sources she found useful in researching her book on Jeffersontown, which was written for the town's bicentennial celebration in 1997. The original 1500 copies have been sold, and the book is currently out of print.

Joellen Johnston is a graduate of the University of Louisville. Former history columnist for The Salt River Arcadian and The Spencer Magnet, both newspapers published in Spencer County, Ky. Author of Jeffersontown Kentucky, The First 200 Years; and We, The Church At Kings. Contributor to The Filson Club History Quarterly, the Kentucky Encyclopedia, and the Louisville Encyclopedia.

1:30 p.m. Room - 14

Researching German Ancestors --- The Basics

Presented by Joseph R. Reinhart

Mr. Reinhart's talk will cover useful "how to" books, nineteenth century German lands, German given names, locations of important research records, civil, church, Civil War military records, maps and published databases. A handout of basic German research information will be included.

Joseph R. Reinhart is a native of Louisville and has degrees from Bellermine College and Indiana University. He is an experienced genealogist with extensive experience in researching German ancestors and Civil War soldiers. He has made presentations on this subject for the following organizations: The Filson Historical Society, Louisville Genealogical Society, and the Kentuckiana Germanic Heritage Society. He is the author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry US,: The Boys Who Feared No Noise and editor and translator of Two Germans in the Civil War: The Diary of John Daeuble and the Letters of Gottfried Rentschler, 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen Civil War Letters from the 32 Indiana Infantry. Mr. Reinhart will have a table in the vendor area. He will be signing books at the table and after the lecture in the classroom.

3:00 p.m. Room - 15

DNA and Genealogy Research

Presented by Mel Arnold

Mel Arnold became an eager student of DNA studies after participation enabled him to correct his Arnold lineage and find distant cousins through the DNA process. He now is involved in a Burgess DNA study (paternal grandmother) and a Merrell DNA study (maternal grandmother). His presentation will cover a very basic introduction into the simple science enabling the YDNA (male) analysis; the Family Tree DNA process for family researchers; difficulties with using female DNA (mitochondrial); and a review of both the benefits and limitations resulting from participating in a DNA project.

Mel Arnold is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Samford University of Birmingham. After attending seminary in Louisville , he received graduate degrees from Indiana University . He served on the Continuing Education faculty of the University of Wisconsin and the business faculty of the University of Minnesota . The position which brought him back to Louisville was Director of Education and Training for Humana. When Humana sold both its hospital and immediate care center operations, he became the Director of Education and Training for LGE Energy.

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