LGS NEWS

Volume 18, Issue 3 (March 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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

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Meetings & Workshops:

Our Apology

LGS would like to extend our apology for having to cancel the last regular meeting. The LDS Church sustained a failure in their sewer drainage system, causing back-up in various parts of the church. We hear that most of this was confined to the bathroom facilities. Unfortunately, this happened at about 9:30 a.m. the day of our meeting so advance notice of the meeting cancellation was nearly impossible. However, there was a valiant effort to reach everyone, and for those members that couldn't be reached we are sorry if you arrived at the church only to see a sign. Regrets extended.

March 13th - “The Tyler Settlement and the Blackacre Nature Preserve” presented by Joellen Johnston. Joellen is a descendant of the Tyler family of eastern Jefferson County and has served on the board of the Blackacre Historic District which includes the Presley Tyler farm. The settlement and Blackacre district are subjects for which she has been gathering massive amounts of material hoping to write a book. She has had a lifelong interest in the history of this area. She will cover some of the history and genealogy on the family of Edward and Ann Langley Tyler who first claimed this land. Included in her presentation will be the background of the Tyler Settlement Rural Historic District, a 600-acre district lying just east of Jeffersontown. The district includes the 170-acre Blackacre State Nature Preserve and an additional 100-acre parcel belonging to the Blackacre Foundation.

March 27th - Our own Mel Arnold is going to speak on the topic Orphan Trains: Genealogical Challenge.

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.

New Members

MONTGOMERY, Mary Ann, 1519 S. 143rd Street, Omaha, NE 68144
HERRON, William E., 211 McCready Ave., Louisville, KY 40206-2749
JENNINGS, Herbert Tom & Dorothy, 215 Dorchester Rd., Louisville, KY 40223
BELL, Bess Herdt, 67 Laurel Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579

Bullitt County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 4:00 p.m. [new time], at Ridgway Memorial Library [new place] in Shepherdsville. We will tour the newly remodeled library and the expanded genealogy section.

FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP

The Kentucky Genealogical Society and The Kentucky Historical Society will meet Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, located at 100 West Broadway in Frankfort, KY.

The monthly Family History Workshop is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a light lunch for $3 (payable at the door) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but registration before Noon on Thursday, March 8, is required. For more information or to register, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4460, or email Refdesk@ky.gov

There is no charge to attend just the workshop, but all attendees are asked to pre-register at the number or e-mail address above.

The workshop subject from 10:30 to 11:30 by KGS is "Researching Probate and Estate Records". Discover what types of information can be found within probate records, and learn where and how they can be accessed.

The 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. session by KHS is "Researching Marriage Records". Learn about the different types of records that document civil and religious unions between two people.

Following the workshop, the KHS Library will be open until 4:00 p.m. for research.

Mapping Your Ancestry with Google Maps
By Kimberly Powell

Google Maps is a free web map server application that offers street maps for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and much of western Europe, plus satellite map images for the entire world. Google Maps is just one of many free mapping services on the Web, but its ease of use and options for customization through the Google API makes it a popular mapping option.

There are three map types offered within Google Maps - street maps, satellite maps, and a hybrid map that combines satellite imagery with an overlay of streets, city names and landmarks. Some parts of the world offer much more detail than others.

Google Maps for Genealogists

It is important to note that these are not historic listings; however, Google Maps draws its locations from current map and business listings, so the cemetery listings, for example, will geneally be larger cemeteries that are in current use.

To create a Google Map, you begin by selecting a location. You can do this through search, or by dragging and clicking. Once you've found the location you want, then switch to the "find businesses" tab to pinpoint churches, cemeteries, historical societies, or other points of interest.

Plotting Multiple Locations

It is not currently possible to use Google Maps to plot and save multiple locations on a single map, which makes it a bit impractical for most genealogy applications. The best you can really do with the basic Google Maps application is plot two locations, by plotting the driving directions between them.

This is where Google Maps mashups come in. Mashups are programs that use the free Google Maps API to find new and creative ways of using Google Maps. If you're into code, you can use the Google Maps API yourself to create your own Google Maps to share on your website or e-mail to friends. This is a bit more than most of us want to dig into, however, which is where these Google Maps mashups (tools) come in.

Tools for Easy Google Maps

All mapping tools built on Google Maps require that you request your own free Google Maps API key from Google. This unique key is required to allow you to display the maps you create on your own website. Once you have your Google Maps API key, check out the following:

Community Walk

This is my favorite of the map-building tools I've tried. Mainly because it is easy to use and allows plenty of room for pictures and comments for each location. You can customize your markers and colors, so you could use one color marker for paternal lines and another for maternal. Of, you could use one color for cemeteries and another for churches.

TripperMap

Designed to work seamlessly with the free flickr photo service, this one is especially fun for documenting family history travels and vacations Just upload your photos to flickr, tag them with location information, and TripperMap will generate a flash based map for you to use on your website. The free version of TripperMap is limited to 50 locations, but that is enough for most genealogy applications.

(I found this but haven't had time to try it, so your results would be interesting to know. Please e-mail me with your experiences.)
Greg, Editor

Just a reminder that articles are being solicited for the Quarterly Lines and By-Lines. So, let's get started, dig into your archives and find something interesting, family group sheets, stores, your research experiences. Send them to Susan Snyder, Editor for the Quarterly.

Ye Olde Genealogical Shoppe publishes an e-newsletter, with John Palmer, owner of Michiana Books, contributing. In a recent newsletter, John raised some questions, and requested responses to
rockingk@michiana.org. (Please also send responses to LGS seminar vendor chair, Betty Darnell at bettyd@elkcreek.net)

1) How do you feel genealogy vendors fit into your future genealogy research and purchases?

2) Will you still be purchasing books or rather relying on the Internet for your information?

3) How can we, as vendors, better support your research needs?

4) What should we be providing in our inventory that we are not currently providing?

5) What should we not be providing? Are we taking the wrong things to conferences?

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