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Volume 16, Issue 9 (September 2005)

Gregory Stanton Claypool, Editor

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


Meetings & Workshops:

September 13th - Mr. William E. Matthews, co-owner of Back Home in Kentucky, will be discussing their new book Kentucky's Civil War 1861-1865. The book details the 11 major battles fought in Kentucky and contains an original 4-color fold-out map detailing these battles as well as skirmishes, historic sites, forts, cemeteries, railroads, and raids by John Hunt Morgan. The book boasts such authors as State Historian James Klotter, professors of history Drs. Harrison, Ramage and Roland as well as many others. Mr. Matthews will be bringing complimentary copies of "Back Home in Kentucky" magazine.

September 27th - "What's Available in County Clerks' Offices in Kentucky Courthouses", presented by Betty Rolwing Darnell. This is an opportunity to share what we've found/not found in County Clerks' Offices across the Commonwealth.

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.

Maximize Your Research - Fall Travel to Salt Lake City
Our travel plans have been finalized to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This facility is a premier genealogy library. Books, microfiche and microfilm from around the world. Although many items may be ordered through the Family History Centers, many of the books and family histories have not been filmed and are available at the Library.
Most of the group will be staying from 18-25 September at the Carlton Hotel and travel on Southwest or Delta. Weekly rates are $365 single, $405 double and $445 triple. Please check the LGS website or e-mail Betty Graham at for additional details.

On August 6th, at the 32nd Annual Seminar held by the Kentucky Genealogical Society at the Kentucky Historical Center, Frankfort, Kentucky, two awards were presented recognizing the achievements of two longstanding members of the Louisville Genealogical Society. The first award: "Kentucky Genealogical Society Salutes Jane Turner Hamm, on the 20th Anniversary of her founding of the Louisville Genealogical Society".
The second to: Deborah Lord Campisano for "Outstanding Service to Genealogy" -- Central Kentucky -- for her research of a community near Okolona settled by free blacks as early as 1790. The African American cemetery is called the Cooper Chapel Cemetery. The research was in original documents, and Debbie also did some oral history interviews of descendants and others who live in the community.
Congratulations to both of these terrific members of LGS and contributors to genealogy.

Treasurer's Report:
June 2005
Bank Balance $ 4,931.57
CD's $ 6,049.45
Total $ 10,981.02
Paid Membership 279

Utilizing the DAR Message Board
By Glenda Thompson, NSDAR Vice Chairman. VIS Committee

The goal of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is to promote patriotism, historic preservation, and education. Its headquarters are located in Washington, DC, and occupy an entire city block near the White House. It is the largest group of buildings owned and maintained exclusively by women. More than 836,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded in 1890. With 168,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and District of Columbia, it also has international chapters in Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and United Kingdom.

Membership in the DAR honors and preserves the legacy of patriot ancestors. It is an opportunity to establish one's lineage and heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution. The "DAR Patriot Index" records contain names of patriots (men and women) whose service from 1775-1783 has been proven for DAR membership. Would you like to know if your ancestor is listed with the NSDAR? A helpful group of organized DAR Volunteer Information specialists (VIS) monitor the RootsWeb DAR Message Board every day and welcome look-up requests. They use the most current records, as the previously published books are no longer up to date. They may be able to offer suggestions about where you might look for additional data. Include your Revolutionary War-era ancestor's first and last name, spouse's name (if known), dates of birth, death and state of residence when posting your look-up request. You need not be interested in joining the NSDAR to request a look-up.
Source: Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 17 August 2005, Vol. 8, No. 33

GERMAN-AMERICAN ROOTS: More than Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy.
Can't find your ancestors among the Pennsylvania Dutch? Perhaps they were part of the Germanna Colonies of Virginia
Germanna Colonies Family History:
Read and search John Blankenbaker's outstanding "Germanna Notes" at:

Bullitt County Genealogical Society:
BCGS has a new meeting time and meeting place.

We will meet on Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Shepherdsville City Hall. (From I-65, turn right onto Hwy. 44; turn left onto Frank Simon Avenue, just past the railroad tracks; city hall is on the left: 170 Frank Simon Avenue.)
Bill Matthews, co-owner of the magazine "Back Home in Kentucky", will speak on "Kentucky's Civil War, 1861-1865".

New Members:
KEELEN, Carolyn Fanning
OESTERRITTER, Mrs. William (Barbara Seekamp)
PRICE, Alice Faye
HESSE, Marilyn M. and Joseph P., Jr.
SMITHER, Robert and Betty W.,

Lynn Grossman sent this to me, and I think that, even though it isn't exactly up our genealogy alley, the nature of our society membership probably warrants the publication of this information for those who have mobile cell phones. Thanks, Lynn.

A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading "ICE" (for "In Case of Emergency"), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular consequence of the recent terrorist attacks in London. Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative / next-of-kin in an emergency situation. The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: "I was reflecting on some of the calls I've attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we'd know immediately whom to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history." By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life-or-death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life.
Why not put ICE in your phone now?
Simply select a new contact in your phone book, enter the word 'ICE' and the number of the person you wish to be contacted. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc.
It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do, and please pass this on may save a life.....YOURS

Bourbon County Kentucky Genealogical Society:
Join Us Today! Take a look at their website.

This is a complete on-line text of the 1837 edition of Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland.

Historical Newspapers on-line:
This looks like an interesting site to search. Have fun with it.

Every Genealogist can relate to these.....
* Undocumented genealogy is mythology.
* My ancestors must have been in a "Witness Protection Program"
* My family tree must have been used for firewood!
* Whoever said "Seek and ye shall find" was not a genealogist
* Am I the only person up my tree? --- Seems like it
* I'm not stuck.....I'm ancestrally challenged
* I researched my family tree.....apparently, I don't exist!
* Why are there so many gnarled limbs on my family tree?
* I'm stuck in my family tree.....and I can't get down!
* My husband has started calling cemeteries "Ancestor Farms"
* To a genealogist, EVERYTHING is relative!

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