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Volume 15, Issue 11 (November 2004)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

November 9th - Norma Hettinger is going to discuss PAF. What it is, how to use it and getting the most benefit from PAF. She is a member and in charge of the LDS library.

November 25th - No scheduled meeting.

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Reminder: General Board meeting - Due to the holidays, dates and times will be announced at the regular meetings.

Treasurer's Report
September 30, 2004
Bank Balance $5,241.92
CD Balances $5,863.67
Total $11,105.59
Membership Total: 325

New Members
Ann Shirtz

Joan Carr
Susan M. King
James T. and Lamenia Barger
John and Jenny Dickson

Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society
will sponsor a Fall Church Tour of three of the area's earliest churches: St. Matthews Episcopal, Beargrass Christian and Holy Trinity. The event is free and open to the public Sunday, November 14, 2004. 20-minute historical presentations will be given at each location at 2, 3 and 4 o'clock p.m. You may start the tour at any church: St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Lane; Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road; Our Lady of Lourdes (Holy Trinity's history), 510 Breckenridge Lane.

Librarian, Joe Hardesty, of the Louisville Free Public Library (Main) announced that the Genealogy/Kentucky Room now has Kentucky Death Records through 1954 on microfilm.

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

Holiday Luncheon
Our Holiday Luncheon will be December 14, 2004, at 12:00 Noon at Big Spring Country Club on Dutchmans Lane. Our speaker will be Dr. Ron D. Bryant from the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, and his subject will be "Christmas Customs of our Colonial and Pioneer Ancestors". At this meeting, we will also have a Show and Tell exhibit of articles that our members have brought. Share with others what you have found in research on your ancestors. We will recognize officers and chairmen who worked so hard in 2004 and will install the new officers for Louisville Genealogical Society for 2005. The price for this wonderful luncheon will be $17.00. Please make your reservations for your family and friends with our treasurer, Amelia Orr Debusman, at 896-4035. For a Holiday Luncheon Reservation form, click here. Checks should be made payable to Louisville Genealogical Society and mailed to Amelia Orr Debusman, 2934 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40206. Save the cost of a stamp ... mail both your luncheon reservation and membership renewal form at the same time.

The Bullitt County Genealogical Society
Meets Thursday, November 18, at 7:45 p.m. at the Kentucky Room, Super 8 Motel in Shepherdsville. The program will be presented by members of the Painted Stone Settlers, re-enactors of the Long Run Massacre in Shelbyville.

The new Bullitt County History Museum and Research Library is open, 8 to 4, Monday through Friday (unless the courthouse is closed) at the Bullitt County Courthouse, located in the rooms at the west entrance of the courthouse. Handicap access is at the east side of the building.

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Falling for e-mail Hoaxes and Urban Legends
Thanks to Heidi Collins These are some websites that all RootsWeb Review readers should know about. I am continually astounded at the number of e-mails I get from people that send or forward messages such as, "you will get money if you forward this e-mail" or "you will be cursed with bad luck if you don't forward this e-mail", etc. No one appreciates getting those types of e-mails because they're untrue and can make superstitious or religious people uncomfortable. There are a lot of urban legends and ridiculously false and deceptive e-mails out there. Genealogists should be considerate about what types of e-mails they forward to others. A few minutes of browsing these websites will educate you enough to identify what NOT to forward and about hoaxes. ( or ( or ( or (

Making Research Fun, While Removing Some of the Hassles
A few months ago,, Inc., a pioneer in on-line research, announced the release of TreEZy, a new genealogically-focused search engine. The purpose of this new resource is to allow genealogists to locate information buried deep within sites.
"Genealogists are often frustrated in their attempts to find useful information on the internet," said April Leigh Helm, president of Family, Inc. "TreEZy was developed to ease that frustration by focusing search results on resources that relate directly to genealogy and history." What makes this search engine so much fun is that it can target the needs of a wide range of researchers through its three different search interfaces (basic full-text, name search, advanced full-text). One drawback of the basic name search is that the location options are limited to the 50 United States making it a somewhat limited option for Canadian and European researchers. Matthew Helm, chief technology officer at told Genealogy Today that "with the sheer number of genealogical sites, it is almost impossible to locate information on specific topics using traditional link-based indexes. If you want information on Uriah Helm, for example, would you think to click on a site entitled John Smith's Genealogy Page on a link-based index? Using a full-text search engine, however, you have a much better probability of finding information that specific."
TreEZy is a selective search engine. It attempts to limit the index to sites that are pertinent to genealogical and family history research. It does this by applying intelligent filters during the indexing process, followed bya manual site screening effort. It then further filters sites based upon amount of original content. All of this cuts down the extraneous results that often occur in using a general internet search engine.
To start searching, visit

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