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Volume 17, Issue 5 (May 2006)

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:

May 9th - "The First Irish in Portland". Doris Batliner, a former librarian for the CJ & Times, was born and raised in Portland. She attended St. Patrick School, Presentation Academy and Nazareth College (now Spalding). Ms. Batliner will tell us her family's stories that she could substantiate historically. She has lived some of it and researched the remainder. Along with her sister, Joan, and her cousin, Rose, Doris is working on her third book, Silent Witness, the history of the cemeteries of Portland, due in 2008.

May 23rd - Betty Darnell - "Land Records to Trace Your Ancestors". Betty, a long-time member of LGS, will be presenting this major resource for finding critical information about where and maybe what your ancestors were doing. She will be sharing her extensive genealogical knowledge that is bound to make your research processes more efficient. Don't miss this.

Copying Old Photographs Question: My local copying store will not make reproductions of my old family photographs. What can I do?
Answer: According to the U.S. copyright office, photocopying shops, photography stores and other photo-developing stores are often reluctant to make reproductions of old photographs for fear of violating the copyright law and being sued. "Copy shops have been sued for reproducing copyrighted works and have been required to pay substantial damages for infringing copyrighted works. The policy established by a shop is a business decision and risk assessment that the business is entitled to make, because the business may face liability if it reproduces a work even if it did not know the work was copyrighted." In the case of photographs, it is sometimes difficult to determine who owns the copyright and there may be little or no information about the owner on individual copies. Ownership of a "copy" of a photograph is distinct from the "work" itself -- the intangible intellectual property. The owner of the "work" is generally the photographer or, in certain situations, the employer of the photographer. The subject of the photograph generally has nothing to do with the ownership of the copyright in the photograph. If the photographer is no longer living, the rights in the photograph are determined by the photographer's will or passed as personal property by the applicable laws of intestate succession. However, in the U.S. virtually all photographs published before January 1923 are now in the public domain.

There also may be situations in which the reproduction of a photograph may be a "fair use" under the U.S. copyright law.

But, "Access and use of unpublished materials or those created after January 1923 can be much more complex, since each of the four rights of the copyright holder can be controlled separately . . . it is possible to acquire a physical print of an image through purchase or gift, without obtaining any other rights to the image. The copyright holder may retain any or all of the four supplemental rights associated with subsequent use of the work."

New Members
TAYLOR, Edward
McCARTY, Patricia J.
OLYMPIA, Marilyn B.
CARLISLE, Jennie & Steve

Treasurer's Report March 2006
Checking Account: $3,989.34
Certificates: $6,194.50
Membership: 319

May 13, 2006
- KGS Program - "The Draper Manuscripts"
Comprising hundreds of volumes, recorded on over one hundred rolls of microfilm in 50 series, this record of interviews with early settlers and pioneers may seem overwhelming to researchers. However, using the proper tools and resources, crucial information can be gleaned from these documents that is available nowhere else. Get expert advice on how to begin "eating the whale".

KHS Program "Researching and Preserving Manuscripts and Documents"
Get advice about the wealth of information that can be gleaned from manuscripts, letters, and other original writings. A KHS archivist will discuss how to utilize manuscript collections for genealogical research, as well as how best to handle and protect your own original family documents for posterity.
Times for all programs follow the same format each month and as shown in the April announcement above: 10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. the program. Please make a note of the programs for all future program announcements.

Future KGS and KHS Programs: June 10, 2006

KGS Program - "DAR Lineage Research and Documentation". Learn about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's extensive and ongoing contribution of materials and resources to the field of genealogical research, with emphasis upon how to make use of these collections. Benefits of and requirements for membership in the Society will also be described.

KHS Program - "SAR Lineage Research and Documents". The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution's Historical and Genealogical Library, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is major national repository of genealogical information for researchers. Hear a member describe the collection and how it can be accessed. Learn about Society membership benefits and requirements, as well as ongoing activities of the organization.

Bullitt County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. at Shepherdsville City Hall. Program to be announced.


MISSOURI DEATH CERTIFICATES The Missouri State Archives now offers the Missouri Death Certificate Database. It's a new online index and images. Currently, the index covers from 1910 to 1955, and the images date from 1910 to 1920. It is at:

NEW YORK CITY BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM INDEXES The bridegroom index is for the entire city (1909-1936). The bride index is incomplete and is only for the boroughs of Bronx (1891-1937), Brooklyn (1891-1937), and Queens (1904-1937). Plans call for adding the Manhattan bride index to the online system. The Stephen P. Morse site at now has cross-links between the two indexes for New York City located at the Italian Genealogy Group site at

1910-1955 and digitized images 1910-1920, at

Family History Seminar Lecture Information
9:00 Lecture
Your Immigrant Ancestor(s) -- Find 'em in Cyberspace
Locating the sources and finding individuals' immigration records involves answers to several key questions:
WHERE did your immigrants settle,
WHERE did they land, and
FROM WHERE did they depart?
WHY did they settle where they did? (This might provide a clue as to WHERE they arrived/settled.)
WHEN did they come?
WHAT kinds of records might be available for that time period?
In this talk we explore the implications of these questions and offer suggestions for finding records in the "virtual" repositories made possible through advances in genealogical computing and the resources of the internet as well as in traditional "brick and mortar" repositories.

10:30 Lecture
Traditional vs. Computer Based Genealogical Research: Not "Either/Or" but "BOTH"

This talk uses "for instances" to demonstrate the many ways that computer based research can be used in conjunction with traditional repository research. We emphasize that genealogical research is not an "either/or" proposition, but that successful genealogists will use BOTH traditional and computer based approaches to produce better results than either approach could have produced alone.

1:30 Lecture
The "Other Side" of the Courthouse
This talk deals with the valuable genealogical records which can be found in court records BEYOND the ones normally researched by genealogists and how modern search engines and on line legal record services can simplify and improve the success at finding valuable records.

3:30 Lecture
The Newest Electronic Frontier - Searchable Scanned Newspapers
It is finally becoming possible to tap into the genealogical riches in many unindexed newspapers because optical scanning has made a reality of on-line, "every word searchable" access to many newspapers. This session will provide detailed examples of what is available.

Remember to register early for the Family History Seminar. Space is limited for all lectures and the six 1-hour free sessions. For a printable flyer with a registration form, click here. Lunch will also be available with advance registrations ONLY. August 5th is the deadline for reserved registration.
Walk-in participants are always welcomed.

The Middletown Museum needs Volume I, Jefferson County Kentucky Records, published by Cook Publications, Evansville, Indiana. Anyone having a copy for sale or anyone interested in donating it to the museum can call me at 895-3610. Thanks.
Lynn Renau

LGS Day Trip on Wednesday, May 31, to the Kentucky History Center Library in Frankfort, Kentucky. We will meet at the Church parking lot by 9:00 and plan to spend the day at the History Center. Call Larry Selby (244-1240) if you have questions or need a ride.

GEORGIA Cook County. Daniel Family Cemetery. 9 records; Jan Bennett
NORTH CAROLINA Pitt and Edgecombe Counties, rural cemeteries. 378 records; Annette Roebuck Pitt County Cemetery, Road 121. 6 records; Annette Roebuck
SOUTH CAROLINA Anderson County, Long Family Bible. 46 records; Gary E. Maner
TENNESSEE Madison County. Marriage, Rome McCorry, Julia Ann Jones, 2 records. Marriage, Sarah Jones, Julius Alexander, 2 records. R. Hardin 1850 Census, District 2, Westbrook family, 6 records. R. Hardin
WISCONSIN Racine County, Marriage, Christian P. Bastiansen, Ann M.J. Lundstrom. 2 records; David Bastian U.S.A. Military Records: Company M, 44th U.S. Vol. Infantry, Philippines 1900-1901. 103 records: Donna Grass

The Fourteenth Annual German Conference
Sponsored by the German Interest Group of the Iowa Genealogical Society, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, June 24, 2006. The speaker will be James M. Beidler, writer, lecturer and researcher, specializing in 18th Century immigration.
Friday evening, June 23, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., there will be a special session, "What is a Palatine Anyway?", all about the area of Germany that has been an emigrant hotbed for three centuries. This is free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 24:
1. Contrasting German Migrations: 18th Century vs. 19th Century Waves Differences in geography, economics, religion and aspiration of the two great waves of German immigration.
2. Germany to Pennsylvania: 18th Century Odyssey. Myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America.
3. Pennsylvania German Church Records. Examining rich ethnic group records - baptisms, marriages, burials and confirmation records.
4. Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin. How using scraps of evidence properly can lead to the discovery of a European hometown. For more information, write to me or visit Celia Mitschelen

MARYLAND Frederick County. Old court records regarding the people who at one time lived in the different counties of and surrounding the area of early Frederick County. Many times the names and later locations are mentioned of children or grandchildren who left this Eastern area. Records start in the mid- to late-1700s and progress. Also includes tombstone inscriptions, newspaper items and other data for these areas.

U.S. LARGE SLAVEHOLDERS OF 1860 and AFRICAN AMERICAN SURNAME MATCHES FROM the 1870 census. There are currently 8,395 surname and county combinations and 11,020 individual slaveholder names on the large slaveholder lists, representing a total of 792,219 slaves in 158 counties (called parishes in Louisiana) in 10 states. This total represents 49.8 per cent (approximately one-half) of the slaves that were held in these counties and 20.05 per cent (1 out of every 5) slaves held in the United States in 1860. The counties and parishes included here had 40.27 per cent (2 out of 5) of the slaves held in the United States in 1860 and almost one-half of those were held by the slaveholders listed at this site.

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