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Volume 18, Issue 5 (May 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

May 8th - "August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry", written and presented by Joseph Reinhart.

Joe Reinhart is a native of Louisville and has degrees from Bellarmine College and Indiana University. He is an experienced genealogist with extensive experience in researching German ancestors and Civil War soldiers. He is the author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S. 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. His third book August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry will be released this coming March.

He will tell us about his book entitled August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry. About 20 German-born men from Louisville served in this regiment; several served as officers.

May 22nd - LGS member Barbara Davis is going to present the membership information about Indian Research. This should be a very interesting topic; bring research resources and information where you can find valuable data.

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

Norsworthy, Yvette, 9804 Evening Star Drive, Louisville, KY 409272

Frederick, Delores Jean, 12515 Echo Bridge Road, Louisville, KY 40243

Constan, Kerry, 1525 4th Ave., N., Great Falls, MT 59401-2723

Genealogical Society Meetings

The speaker for the Bullitt County Genealogical Society will be Steve Masden, a local historian and author. He will be talking about the city of Lebanon Junction. The meeting will be at the Ridgeway Library in Shepherdsville at 6:30 p.m. on May 17th.

Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 28, 7:00 p.m., at the library in Taylorsville. Program to be announced.

Online with Ivan

Use a search engine and look for your family name. I found it very informative, interesting, and also famous and infamous people with whom I share the same last name. I also found several genealogy web sites related to my family name.

One resource that offers many benefits to the online researcher is Cousin Connect: Besides showing the postings to their website, at the bottom of each page they provide links to 7 additional resources. accesses US Census, immigration records, and more (subscription service with 14 day free trial); links to more than 1.5 billion records of all kinds (a subscription service with 14 day free trial); connects to Pedigree-linked database, extracted birth, marriage, and death records (subscription service for 10 days to 1 year);

OneGreatFamily offers a collaborative online family tree (a subscription service with a 7 day free trial); includes directories, death records, alumni and more (free); connects to burial records and tombstone inscriptions from thousands of cemeteries across the world (free); and searches surnames across thousands of genealogy sites from this central location (free).

Several of the sites that are free link to sites that require subscription. Look carefully to be sure you don't incur unexpected charges.

One strategy that may work for you is to accumulate a group of items you want to research, and then subscribe to sites that show promise of providing useful information. One person I know subscribes to for a month, researches assiduously, then discontinues the subscription until she is ready to do more research on their site. Many of the sites that charge will give some clues as to what they have to offer that may meet your entered search instructions.

Did you know that you can click the right mouse button on a web link and open that link in a new window? That sure beats hitting the Back button to return to the web page from which you started many links ago!

Meanwhile, happy online genealogy! Share a resource you found with us. I'll gladly give you credit.

LGS Research Trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana from June 3-9, 2007 to travel by car. Several people have signed up for this event. Hotel rooms have been reserved at the Baymont Inn, in Ft. Wayne. The Allen County Library is now at its new location. For information contact Larry Selby, lselby1@

LGS Extends Sympathy to the Family of--

Donald Irwin Renau, who passed away April 14, 2007, husband of Lynn Renau of 45 years and long-time member of the society.

Kentucky Genealogical Society and Kentucky Historical Society

May 12, 2007

Family History Workshop, "Researching Jewish Ancestry" and "Immigration and Naturalization Records". A representative of JewishGen, Inc., will describe available resources and unique challenges for persons researching Jewish ancestry. Then learn where information about the arrival of immigrants can be found and hear how it can be used to document your ancestors.

June 9, 2007

Family History Workshop, "Researching Land Records" and "Researching Tax Lists" Kandie Adkinson of the Kentucky Land Office will describe the Kentucky land-patenting process and the genealogical information that these records can yield. Also learn how tax records can provide windows into ancestors' lives, locations and fortunes.

A light lunch is available at a cost of $3.00, payable at the door, but registration by Noon on Friday, May 11 or June 8 respectively, is required.

Location: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

For more information or to register, call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4460, or e-mail

LULU Book Publishing

The following is an article I cut and pasted from Roots Users Group of Arlington, VA Newsletter, April 2007, Volume 19, Number 4, p. 1829. Written by Margot Woodrough.

At some point in research the time comes to publish. The problem presented by publishing a limited quantity of books results in either an enormous expense or a poor product, and practically never is there an opportunity for the writer to earn a royalty on the publication. Libraries are full of manuscripts that are poorly bound and loosing pages. LuLu?s a new girl in town and she has an offer you cannot refuse. Anyone can publish a book for free and set whatever royalty they wish to receive from sales. You can publish your book in hard or soft cover, black and white or color. (In any case, the cover is always gorgeous color.) In addition you can use one of the lovely LuLu cover templates or design your own for uploading. The cost per hard bound book is about $20.00 to which you add any royalty you wish to receive. LuLu does the rest. Simply create your own finished document using Word and/or TMG and upload it to LuLu. She will then create a .pdf file for you to preview. When you are satisfied you select a cover from the assortment available or upload your own .JPG file for front and back cover. The final step is to set your royalty and decide if you want to offer your publication as a download (for a lesser price) in addition to the standard book. Lulu even explains to you how get an ISBN number should you wish.

There is no cost to you unless you decide to order a copy for yourself (which, of course is irresistible). Once you advertise your book to family members and tell them how to order you sit back and do nothing. Books are printed on demand one at a time. (If your book is of sufficient general interest you could mention it on the various genforums.) And, you set the amount of preview you wish potential customers to have. Lulu even has buttons you can add to your web page enabling viewers of your page to purchase the book directly.

[Editor's Note: Go to and type ?Margot Woodrough? in the search box to see a finished book and sample pages.]

RE: Genealogy audio files from the website I purchased and downloaded audio files of lectures given at the FGS National Conference in Boston last year. 1.99 per lecture or grouped by topic for $25 or something like that. I sync to my MP3 player or burn to CD and listen to in the car. Keyword I used for lectures: FGS

SAR Announcement: Regretfully, the reciprocal agreement between the SAR and LGS has been terminated that provides free access for our membership. Regular fee of $5.00 per day for the use of the SAR Library and Resources will resume for non-members of the SAR.

Family History Center: has unfortunately taken the steps to terminate the arrangement with all Family History Centers that provides free database access. Please check with the center regarding access usage.

Treasurer's Report:

March 2007

Bank Balance $4,866.93

CDs Balance $6,436.06

Total $11,302.99

Membership: 354

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