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Volume 16, Issue 3 (March 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

March 8th - "Clark County, Indiana" - Jenne Burke will be providing an overview of the genealogical resources located in Clark County, Indiana.

March 22nd - "Researching Your Civil War Ancestor" by Thomas Kevin DeLeuil Carman. Kevin will discuss researching and documenting your Civil War ancestor, including the various records available from the Federal, State, and Local. He will offer clues as to where to locate them as well as what might be gleaned from microfilm records at the GSU in Salt Lake City and the internet. Kevin Carman was President of Louisville Genealogical Society in 1989. He has been doing genealogical research for 30 years. He studied at BUY in Utah and was a Librarian at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU and the local library in Louisville, Ky. He is self employed as a Professional Genealogist.

New Members:
PERKINS, Margarette Peppers
HUNT, J. Cameron
BLAIR, Kenny
HASINGER, William A.
DODGE, Gerald F.

Member Death:
Modell S. Satori BURT died on Friday, 21 January 2005 in Corydon, IN. She was age 90 and a long time early member of LGS

Members:Please take note that on the address label of the newsletter is a code showing your membership renewal status. If an "05" is displayed, then your annual dues are current and no action is needed on your part. However, if an "04" is displayed, then your annual dues for year 2005 have not been paid, and you risk being removed from the mailing list for the Newsletter and Quarterly.

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Dear Society Members:This is to respectfully submit for your free personal use GenealogyBuff ( which was inspired by my wife, Tina. The site is completely free and is aimed toward new researchers and to hopefully encourage more people to begin researching their family tree. A unique surname tool is on the main page which, when used, will give the user a plethora of data-base links to many online popular and obscure databases. A growing library of data files also exists in the library section of the website.
Bill and Tina Cribbs
Port Neches, TX

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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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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.
Fort Wayne Research Trip - May 15th-22nd
LGS 20th Anniversary Luncheon - July 12th
LGS Family History Seminar - August 27th

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Donations, Giveaways, Auction Items Needed

Before we know it, the 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.

Bullitt County Genealogy Society
Meets March 17, 7:45 p.m., Super 8 Motel, Shepherdsville. Program to be announced.


The Fort Wayne Public Library Genealogy Research Department has undertaken a program that allows you to submit photocopies of your family research which will be bound into a hardback book and made part of the research collection. This is a great way to archive your research in a permanent location and for other researchers to gain access to what you have found. As a bonus, you will receive a free copy of the hardbound edition in return for your submissions.

Instructions on How To Get The Book Bound

Send unbound master copy to [STEVE BYERS, ASSISTANT MANAGER, HISTORICAL GENEALOGY DEPT., P.O. BOX 2270, FORT WAYNE, IN 46801-2270], include a note that simply reads "Photocopy Exchange Program". They will make a copy for their collection and return your master copy. Then, in about 4 weeks, you will receive the complimentary bound copy for your collection. It takes about 3 months to get your master copy back. Needless to say, don't send your original data, just copies of it. Steve Myers' e-mail address is

Family Health History
Tracing Your Medical Family Tree

Perhaps you've noticed that some branches of your family lived longer than others. Why the difference? What caused their deaths? Are there common health characteristics? What does this mean to me and my descendants? Family health history, also known as medical genealogy, is getting more interest from heritage researchers. Many of the factors that determine our health (or illnesses) today were inherited from our ancestors. Experts state that about 3,000 of the 10,000 known diseases have genetic links, and that many diseases "run in families", including colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure. Creating a family health history can be a useful tool to aid you and your medical care provider in interpreting patterns of health, illness and genetic traits for you and your descendants.
Getting started is just like any heritage research project - begin with what you know. Record the medical and health facts for yourself, then go back a generation at a time. The items to record can include:
* Birth and death dates if deceased, along with cause.
* Ethnic background, as some genetic diseases occur in particular ethnic groups.
* Major illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
* General patterns of ill health, like chronic sore throats.
* Birth defects, allergies, both environmental and drug related.
* Emotional or behavioral problems, such as depression, heavy drinking, anxiety, etc.
* Chronic health problems like asthma or high blood pressure.
* Vision and hearing problems.
* General health routines, like tobacco use and diet.
Be sure to note when conditions occur. For example, did Grandma have diabetes as a child, or did it develop later in her adult life? Please also remember to respect everyone's privacy as you go about gathering this information. The information is for you, your medical professional, and your descendants' use. Don't publish this as part of your internet web page. Sources for information can include your medical records and the recollections of you and your living relatives. But, for deceased ancestors, you can try:
* Death certificates - will list cause of death, but obituaries may also yield information.
* Pension documents & Social Security applications
* Family bibles, diaries, old correspondence and the like Military records.
By Ralph Bishop, Your Family Legacy

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To view past Louisville Genealogical Society Newsletters,
For July 2004, click here
For August 2004, click here
For September 2004, click here.
For October 2004, click here.
For November 2004, click here.
For December 2004, click here.
For January 2005, click here.
For February 2005, click here.