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Volume 18, Issue 11 (November 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

November 13th - "Wings Over the Falls: A Century of Aviation in Southern Indiana, Written by Charles W. Arrington and Garry Nokes, and Presented by Garry J. Nokes.

This book will tell the story of aviation in Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana over the past 100 years. Although it will cover all aspects of flight in the area, it will concentrate on the three major personalities that are responsible for making aviation what it is today. They are William Russell Beeler, Charles Bush, and William "Hap" Happel. The book will have numerous historical photographs and should be under 200 pages. Garry Nokes' talk will cover the post World War II years of aviation in Southern Indiana concluding with the current era. Garry grew up in Clarksville, Indiana, and lives today in Jeffersonville with his wife and four children. He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and a master's degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1996. He previously wrote the book Images of America: Jeffersonville, Indiana in Arcadia Publishing's popular pictorial history series. He is currently researching the aviation history of southern Indiana for a book that he and co-author Charles Arrington plan to publish in 2007. Garry also enjoys researching his family history-that is, when he can manage to find time between his commitments to family and history!”

November 27th - No meeting. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

Louisville Genealogical Society Annual Luncheon
Tuesday, December 11th at Noon
Big Springs Country Club
5901 Dutchman's Lane 40205

The Luncheon Price is $18.00; tax and tip are included in the price.

The luncheon is a buffet with two meats (Roast Beef and Turkey with Dressing), several seasonal vegetables, a variety of salads and fruits, muffins and rolls, and beverages.

For a Holiday Luncheon Reservation form, click here

Holiday Luncheon Speaker
"Another Look at Jamestown"
Presented by Mel Arnold

Mel Arnold is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Samford University of Birmingham. After attending seminary in Louisville, he received graduate degrees from Indiana University. He served on the Continuing Education faculty of the University of Wisconsin and the business faculty of the University of Minnesota. The position which brought him back to Louisville was Director of Education and Training for Humana. When Humana sold both its hospital and immediate care center operations, he became the Director of Education and Training for LGE Energy.

We are coming to the end of a year-long celebration of the founding of the Jamestown Colony 400 years ago. Jamestown was not the first colony established in what is now the continental United States. Indeed, it was not even the first English colony here. However, it was the first surviving English colony, and its ultimate success is the primary reason that English is the dominant language in our nation. The principal motivation for the settlement was the potential for financial gain. Unfortunately, the first years were disastrous because of famine, disease, hostile relations with Native Americans, poor leadership, and conflict among the investors seeking huge profits and other settlers simply looking for a better way of life. The survival of the settlement was no small miracle.

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New Members:

LAMBKIN, Martha Penick, 5305 Blevins Gap Road, Louisville, KY 40272
DAVIS, Carole, 8312 Salford Way, Louisville, KY 40222
CHILDERS, Sherrie M., 8605 Shelbyville Road #221, Louisville, KY 40222
STORTZ, Patricia, 327 Norbourne Blvd., Louisville, KY 40207
EBERT, Irvin, 3729 Cypress Springs Place, Louisville, KY 40245
WELLER, Penny Reitzel, 8702 Honeysuckle Ct., Louisville, KY 40242

Alexander Hamilton Society of Kentucky

Society calendar of presentations at the Eline Library - 10:30 a.m.

November 17th - “John Adams“, by John Diggins, Discussion Leader: Bob Shea.

December 15th - “What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the epic struggle to create a United States“. By James F. Simon.

January 19th - Symposium. To be held at the U of L Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium. “Chief Justice John Marshall: Origins and Consequences of Judicial Review. Presentations provided by Charles E. Ziegler, PhD. And Chair of the Political Science Dept of U of L.; Thomas Mackey, PhD. Professor of History and Constitutional Law and will be presenting overviews concerning several decisions made by Justice Marshall; and a panel of esteemed participants, being, The Honorable Michael O. McDonald, retired KY Court of Appeals Judge, Scott Miller, retired KY State Senator, and Jane Lollis, an attorney practicing Eminent Domain Law in Louisville. This program is funded by the John Marshall Foundation.

For further details and information please contact Lynn Olympia, 897-5726.

Membership Renewal

Annual dues are $15.00 for an individual and $18.00 for a family. Dues are based on the calendar year. Click here for a Membership Application. Application with payment should be mailed to:
Ross Sherer, Treasurer
P.O. Box 24566
Louisville, KY 40224-0566

Take Note: You are encouraged to complete and remit your Membership Renewal form and Holiday Luncheon Reservation together. Submit your fees with a single check. Thanks.

Online with Ivan

Cemetery records increasingly become available online. Many volunteers contribute the information. To help you get started, I have listed below some avenues for researching cemetery records online.

The US GenWeb site has a cemetery transcription project. Their web page provides links to state pages. On the state pages you click on the county of interest where you may find cemetery records for that county. The completeness of the information posted there depends on the volunteers who have worked in that county., called a Cemetery Transcription Library, includes pictures of many tombstones. This site also includes links to sites for cemeteries outside the US.

GeneaSearch has a page of links to cemetery records.

Cemetery Junction provides a variety of links classified by state and then by the name of the cemetery. It includes cemeteries outside the United States.

The web site, Links to Resources on Cemetery History and Preservation, contains several links to web pages of information taken from cemeteries in many locations.

When I searched the Internet using these instructions, "Cemetery records" +genealogy, I discovered a number of links associated with specific states and other countries outside the US. Try those search . instructions and explore the many links it returns. Also, remember to search for the specific cemetery name +state or “cemetery name” +”county, state”. Meanwhile, contact the GenWeb coordinator for the county in which you live. Become a volunteer to help document the cemeteries in your county. I have done it and found it very rewarding. For guidance in taking grave marker photographs, visit: To learn more about cemeteries, visit

May your online genealogical pursuits prove productive!

You may write our columnist at:

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Bullitt County Genealogical Society meets Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m., at Ridgway Memorial Public Library, Shepherdsville. Program: "Researching Marriage and Probate Records," Betty Darnell.

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The National Genealogical Society established the Rubincam Youth Award in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy. These awards are offered annually to encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. Two awards may be presented, the Senior Award for students aged 16-18, and the Junior Award for students aged 13-15. Details about prizes and requirements for entering the competition are at The deadline for entries is January 31, 2008.

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Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society meets Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m. Program: Social (no meeting in December).

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