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Volume 16, Issue 11 (November 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

November 8th - Deborah Walker (Memorial Auditorium) and David Morgan (Barret Avenue), Louisville/Jefferson County Archives. Speaking on the merger of the city and county archives and the new headquarters.

November 22nd - "NO MEETING". Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

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.

Bullitt County Genealogy Society
Will meet at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, at the Shepherdsville City Hall. Pen Bogert of the Filson Historical Society will speak on "Slave Traders and Their Communities".

Annual LGS Holiday Luncheon
Now is the time to mark your calendar and make your reservations for the Annual LGS Holiday Luncheon.
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at 12:00 Noon
Place: Big Spring Country Club, Emerald Room, 5901 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, Kentucky
Cost: $20.00 per person (subject to change)
Speaker: Bob Hill
Courier-Journal Columnist Bob Hill will talk about his search to find his Irish ancestors that ended - almost as a surprise - with his standing in the stone ruins of his great grandmother's house on a hillside above the Atlantic Ocean. It was such an emotional moment that Bob, his wife, Janet, and their two children and daughter-in-law returned to the same spot. Bob will co-host an Irish-American reunion at Hidden Hill, his eight-acre farm, nursery and sculpture garden near Utica, Indiana, next June. Bob will also have slides of his visit - and a few of his 150-year-old farmhouse and land near Utica. For a Holiday Luncheon Reservation form, click here.

2005 Family History Seminar Report
By far, the 2005 Seminar was, by all measure, a great success and well attended. 250 people attended this year, with 85 of these people having been walk-ins the day of the seminar. 18 vendors were there offering their goodies. Over 200 items were made available on the free give-away table. The silent auction table was a real hit and generated $1,064 in revenues. Overall, the seminar was a super success, and many thanks go out to Mel Arnold and his jolly band of helpers for all the hard work that was undertaken. Thank you!

LGS Nominating Committee Report
For the nomination and election by the Society Membership at large and in attendance at the regular meeting of the Society on November 8, the Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following candidates to the following Society Officer positions.

President - Marguerite Knauer Miller
Vice President - Shirley Bobzien Brinly
Recording Secretary - Delores A. Eisenbeis
Corresponding Secretary - Janis Bott Fowler
Treasurer - Ross Edwin Sherer
Past President - Larry Lloyd Selby
Genealogical Advisor - Jane Turner Hamm

New Members:
HYSELL, J. Philip

Internet Web Sites For Your Interest

West Virginia Division of Culture & History:
Archives & History Library - Historical/Genealogical Collections Public Records.

Maps in Cyberspace:
The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas.

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection; 1500-2004, sponsored by the Library of Congress.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia.

Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York, sponsored by the University of New Hampshire.

Commonly Mistaken Assumptions in Genealogy:
When researching your family history, it is easy to get excited about new evidence and find yourself quickly led astray. While these common genealogical assumptions can provide the basis for a good working hypothesis, they can't be seriously taken as proof without further research.

1. A man's wife or widow was the mother of his children.
A man could have fathered his children by his wife (or widow), a previous or a later wife, or even another woman. Parentage is one of those genealogical facts which should never be assumed.

2. If no marriage record is found, the children are probably illegitimate.
Early marriages were not always documented. Marriage records may have also been lost due to fire, water damage or neglect. The marriage may have been misfiled, or the record kept in a repository which you have not yet checked.

3. Three men living in the same county, who are close in age with the same last name, are probably brothers. While this is an understandable assumption, these men could actually be cousins or even unrelated. Look for further corroborating evidence, including the proximity of their homes, common naming patterns among their children and records in which they are listed as witnesses for each other.

4. That an ancestor named Jr. has a father with the same name. The terms "Junior" and "Senior" as well as other family terms such as "aunt" and "cousin" were often used very loosely. A designation of Mr., for example, may have been used in official records to identify between two men of the same name, even if they were unrelated (the younger of the two being called "Jr.").

5. People followed common migration routes. Just because most of your ancestors' North Carolina neighbors came from Virginia, it doesn't mean that your ancestors did. While many individuals did follow common migration routes, making this a good working hypothesis, you can't assume it is true withour further research.

6. People usually died in their sixties. While most people in a generation may have followed the average life-span, your ancestor may have died very young from illness or accident or lived to a much older age than many of their contemporaries. Just because your ancestor doesn't appear in the census after their 60th birthday doesn't necessarily mean that they died. Likewise, when a 20-year-old female no longer appears with her parents, it doesn't necessarily indicate that she must have married.

7. An ancestor who was born and died in the same place never moved. It wasn't that uncommon for people to end up back where they started after spending a big part of their life moving around. Family, jobs or money may have caused your ancestors to move many times, but as these requirements lessened as they got older they may well have returned home to live near their family. Create a timeline for your ancestor's life and research their life and activities at many points along the way.

8. A female with the same last name as her father must be unmarried. A common assumption to make, this genealogy premise often proves to be true. However, you need to rule out that the female didn't marry a man with the same surname as her father - a more common occurrence than you may think, especially in areas with a large number of families with the same surname. Alternatively, the daughter may actually have married and then took back her father's name after a divorce.

9. A male name indicates a male, and female name a female. Names aren't always what they appear. Naming trends change often. The female first name Kimberly, for example, was originally a boy's name. Parents may also have chosen an unusual name to honor an ancestor, a famous individual, or just because they liked it.

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