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Evening Workshops / Hands-On
St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Genealogy Education - Becoming a Better Researcher
presented by Deborah Lord Campisano

Bring your notebook/laptop or just show up with paper and pen/pencil.
Tell your friends about these workshops. These will be especially convenient to persons who work. Everyone welcome!


SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
PERSI - Index to Periodicals
presented by Mel Arnold

OCTOBER 15, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Collaborating Your Research
presented by Nancy Roberson

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
An EXCEL-lent Resource, Using a Spreadsheet to Organize and Analyze Genealogical Data
presented by Debra Renard

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Pathways into the American Wilderness presented by David Ruckman

As a surveyor, David became impressed at the number of Buffalo migration routes and Native American paths that evolved into trails used by the early explorers of the Midwest. Many of these eventually became the roads and highways we use today. He has created a comprehensive map of the buffalo traces in Indiana and has researched the paths in Kentucky. His discussion today will cover the importance of these early traces and how they became the gateway to what was the western wilderness and eventually opened up the entire country. David will also be displaying some of his art and his maps. He will have copies of his books for purchase.

David Ruckman was born in Kokomo, Indiana. He attended college at Purdue and Indiana University where he majored in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering. His interest in history began in 1970 while helping surveyors map the family farm. Indiana was an Abstract Title state, so the abstracts help define the history of every farm.

After 8 years of apprenticeship, David became a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Kentucky. Later in 1980 he was registered in Indiana and he started his own surveying company, Draw Survey and Map. The office is on Stone Mountain Road in the high hills over New Albany where Louisville can be seen in the distance. (He also has a couple of chalets there for those desiring a vacation with an overlook of forest covered mountains.)

David created an honorary society entitled LONG KNIFE OF THE INITIAL POINT, which recognizes and honors past outstanding surveyors for their contribution to society. He is also an artist working in paints, wood, stone, clay and bronze. He often appears in frontier costume for special historical events where he exhibits his surveying Instruments, books and art. He has written two books. The first, entitled Men of the Compass 1805, includes the story of the Buffalo Trace and the second is The Legend of the Indiana Hills Silver. (The latter is handmade and bound in leather).


Caring for Family Documents & Heirlooms: Tips for Archivists presented by Sarah-Jane Poindexter and Elizabeth Reilly

Have you ever wondered how best to care for your family photographs, from tintypes to digital? Do you worry about the newspaper clipping memorializing your great-grandmotherís life crumbling before you can pass it on to your own great-grandchildren? Join Sarah-Jane Poindexter and Elizabeth Reilly of the University of Louisvilleís Archives and Special Collections as they show you how appropriate care can greatly extend the life of your family documents, photographs, mementos, and heirlooms. †

Sarah-Jane Poindexter works at the University of Louisvilleís Archives and Special Collections department where she serves as Manuscript Archivist and Co-director of the Oral History Center.† Poindexter has a Bachelorís degree in Anthropology from the University of Louisville and a Masterís degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.† From 2007 to 2012, she worked at the Filson Historical Society as an Associate Curator of Special Collections, and is the immediate past chair of the Kentucky Council on Archives.

Elizabeth Reilly is curator of the Photographic Archives at the University of Louisville. She was formerly the Collection Manager of Photographs at the Chicago History Museum and has worked with photo collections at the Museum of the City of New York, the California Historical Society and the George Eastman House Museum. She has a BA in Photography from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a Masters in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in conjunction with the George Eastman House Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York.

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Show & Tell
Bring your family treasures and stories to share with the group.


How to Navigate FamilySearch.org presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson
FamilySearch.org is a genealogical website created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is available free of cost to users around the world. It is a very powerful website where you can search for historical records, find local history books and learn to be a better researcher. Attend this workshop to learn how to navigate this site to enhance your genealogical knowledge.

Nancy Simmons Roberson is the 2014 president of the Louisville Genealogical Society. Nancy was born and raised in Michigan and has a Bachelorís of Arts degree in Education from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. For 34 years Nancy taught physical education, social studies, coached and was athletic director at Bath Community Schools in Bath, Michigan. Nancy has been married for 44 years to her husband Howard, and they have 3 children. She and her husband moved to Louisville in 2007 to be near family and her 5 grandchildren. She has been a genealogist for over 30 years and also loves to quilt, read, watch the University of Louisville womenís basketball team and spend time with her family.


Don Rightmyer will present Kentucky's Experience During the Revolutionary War. The presentation will focus on the experiences of those who were living in westernmost Virginia (present-day Kentucky) during the Revolutionary War years. Suggested list "for further reading" will be provided.

Don is the former editor of KHS's Kentucky Ancestors and presently works at the Mercer County Public Library in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He is the author of a new book, Torn: The Civil War in Kentucky (forthcoming in April 2014).

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All regular meetings are at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the corner of Linn Station Road and Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.† Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.

Visitors are always welcome!