LGS NEWS

Volume 18, Issue 10 (October 2007)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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

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Meetings & Workshops:

October 9th - "Aindreas - Two to come!!" presented by Gerald McDaniel.

Gerald McDaniel was born in Memphis, Tennessee - but, other than his first few months and a two-year army tour in peacetime Korea, he has lived his life in Louisville, KY. He graduated from the University of Louisville and from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Mr. McDaniel is currently an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney for the Child Support Division.

Gerald McDaniel's first novel, Called Aindreas: The Messenger, was published in 1999. The story, set in 1855 Louisville, involves a number of psychological and ethical issues including love, friendship, exploitation, and freedom. These issues are wound around several storylines. One of the themes running through the book involves the series of events that led to and made up the day we now call "Bloody Monday". Some of the characters were real, some "fictional", and a couple might have been the imaginings of the fictional protagonist - thirteen-year-old Aindreas Rivers.

The second book in a planned series of four novels inhabited by Aindreas Rivers, the one called The Scribe, was published in 2002. The setting is the 1865 Louisville in the final months of the Civil War. Now twenty-three years old, the protagonist survives battles of every sort. While his scars are not physical, they will disfigure him for the rest of his life.

The third book, The Odyssey, is not yet written. This story involves a sixteen-year wandering by Aindreas Rivers through America, and his eventual return to the place of his birth - Louisville, Kentucky. The fourth and last book of the tetralogy, The Dissenter, has not been published but is in manuscript form. Mr. McDaniel is presently at work on a contemporary novel called "Nightsweats and Graffiti", which should be completed by the close of the year.

October 23rd - "Putting the 'History' in Your Family History" - By Deborah Campisano Family History is more than names and dates. In order to tell the story of our ancestors, we need to understand the local, regional and even national historical events that have impacted their lives. Placing our families in social, religious, economic and geographical contexts may lead to a better understanding of their lives and help us to identify them in the records created by the wars, laws and religious movements. This effort may even help break through those brick walls! Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring a document pertaining to an ancestor for our discussion of historical context.

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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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Online with Ivan

Do you know the origin of your family name? If not, you may find this web site helpful for learning the origin of your family name: http://www.surnamedb.com. Near the top of the screen you will find three tabs: Surname Origin, Historical Recordings, and Internet Links. Use the Surname Origin tab to enter your surname and get the origin of the name. Historical Recordings includes births, deaths, and marriages over 100 years old. For Internet Links I found three sponsored links for Baugh: Find your Baugh ancestors at OneGreatFamily.com! , Historical recordings for Baugh - Ancestry.co.uk, and Family Tree DNA results for Baugh. The site also offer you the opportunity to add links you have found helpful for researching your family name.

For any of you who missed the September 11 meeting, explore this web site: http://books.google.com. This enables you to search books in public domain (copyright has expired) that have been digitized. Put the first and last name for which you want to search inside quotations marks: i.e. “William Baugh” or you will get every reference it can find for William as well as Baugh and for William Baugh. The material found with your search instructions will appear in one of four ways: 1. Full View, 2. Limited Preview, 3. Snippet View, and 4. No Preview. All views will provide you with a list of libraries where you can find the book from which the material came, listed with the library closest to you and the distance given. An option to purchase the book also appears on the page.

I found a 1623 Visitation of Gloucester, England which contained a family tree for my ancestor as well as a book on William Shakespeare from the 1800s that contains a paragraph further substantiating the information given in the Visitation of Gloucester.

I hope a tip I share with you will have at least one of you to shatter that brick wall with which you've struggled for years! Share a tip; I'll gladly give you credit.

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LGS Quarterly: Lines and By-Lines

Just a reminder that I am always looking for interesting items for the Lines and By-Lines. You can submit family group sheets, family stories, pedigree charts, extracts of records or photos. A more detailed list can be found on the back page of the quarterly. I would also like to hear your comments or suggestions about the quarterly; what do you like or dislike. If you have any questions give me a call or send me an email. Susan Snyder - 240-7088, treesbyme@aol.com.

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"Salt Making on the Kentucky Frontier" will be the topic of a program presented by David Strange, Director of the Bullitt County History Museum, Sunday, 14 October 2007 at the Beargrass-St. Matthews Library/St. Matthews City Hall building on Grandview Avenue off Browns Lane. All programs are free and open to the public. For more info contact Deborah Campisano (239-0709) or Anne Rockwell (897-2423).

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The Kentucky Historical Society and The Kentucky Genealogical Society
Present: “North or South? Finding your Civil War Ancestor" and "Tennessee Courthouse Research”

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

10:30-11:30 a.m. “North or South? Finding your Civil War Ancestor” Discover if any of your ancestors served in the Civil War, what they did, where they went, and what they experienced during their time in uniform. KHS reference librarian Don Rightmyer will discuss the research sources available for finding Civil War ancestors.

12:30-1:30 p.m. “Tennessee Courthouse Research” Learn what records are available from Tennessee county courthouses and how to locate them.

Registration before noon on Friday, October 12, is required. Workshop participation is complimentary. A light lunch is available for registrants only from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for $5, payable at the door. To register, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or e-mail Refdesk@ky.gov
#331
100 West Broadway • Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-1792 • http://www.history.ky.gov

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