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

St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor

JANUARY 21, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Armchair Genealogy- Using the Internet to Research Your Family” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson. Internet access available for notebook or laptop.

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!


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“FamilySearch and How to Build Your Tree” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson.

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"In Search of My Ancestors" From Kentucky to Africa and Back

In honor of African-American History Month, Judith Owens-Lalude is presenting a power-point program telling the story of her family members who were enslaved in Spencer County, Kentucky, and how she traveled to West Africa to learn more about where their enslavement might have started.
She is the great-granddaughter of George Henry "Pap" Johnson who was born in 1850 to Clarissa, his slave mother. They lived on Ben Miller's 600 acre farm in North Central Kentucky. That site is less than an hour's drive from Owens-Lalude's current home in Louisville. After hearing family accounts told about her ancestors, she visited the farm that had comprised her great-grandpa's and Clarissa's daily world.
She then traveled to her husband's native Nigeria to expand her understanding of slavery -- Africa to the Americas -- and to ascertain the impact on both Africans and African-Americans, including her family who had lived in Nelson and Spencer Counties. From this research and the writings of Harry Smith's Fifty Years a Slave (in Jefferson, Nelson, and Spencer counties) and Isaac Johnson's Slave Days in Old Kentucky, and using her own powerful imagination, Owens-Lalude wrote a compelling novel -- The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom. (The book will be available for purchase at $14.95.)

Judith C. Owens-Lalude is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and has over 37 years experience conducting workshops and teaching classes for adults, teens, and children. She is a graduate of Kentucky State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics there before moving to Southern California where she earned her Master of Arts degree (thesis) in vocational Education at California State University, Long Beach. Owens-Lalude is interested in global education and has traveled to: Nigeria to study family and culture; Europe to explore the impact of language on children across different cultures; and China in 1995 for the Fourth International Women’s Conference. She has been on the University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning staff where she taught Write for Children. She also taught in the Jefferson County Public Schools, Life Learning Program and the Bellarmine University Continuing & Professional Studies Department. Owens-Lalude combined her skills and talents, in 2002 to establish the j. camille cultural academy. As its director and founder she serves women who want to write and families with gifted-and-talented college bound children. Owens-Lalude is married to A. O’tayo Lalude, M.D. They have two sons Adesina and Akinwande.

Click here to see a colorful, descriptive poster for Owens-Lalude's presentation.


Rob Morris; Opening Doors for Women presented by Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss

As Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society, Nancy Theiss has a keen interest in researching those whose lives intersect with county history and events of the past. You may have read one or more of her frequent articles in the Courier-Journal reporting some of those findings. One fascinating subject  for her has been Rob Morris who was born in New York but spent his later years in Oldham County and he is buried there. Even though he was an outstanding leader of a beneficent organization that only admitted men to membership, he was instrumental in creating an auxiliary that in some ways outdid the outstanding work of the original male club.  The participation of thousands of women in the organization has given them management experience and provided skills that enable leadership opportunities in other avenues of their lives. Dr Theiss has written a book on the life of Rob Morris A Place in the Lodge: A Biography of Freemason Dr. Rob Morris (1818-1888). Her topic today will be “Rob Morris; Opening Opportunity for Women”.

   Dr. Nancy Theiss is a native of Oldham County who has made significant contribution to her county and state in the varied roles of scientist, educator, community activist, administrator, historian and columnist. She has served as Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society since 2004, She  earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Louisville, M.A. in Environmental Education from Murray State University and Ph.D. from University of Louisville.

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Andy Harpole and Savannah Darr with Friends of Eastern Cemetery will present some interesting and educational information about stone preservation and other facts about cemeteries.

Andy Harpole is a native Kentuckian having grown up in Louisville. Andy developed an affinity for cemeteries and the history they carried with them at an early age. He has an extensive background in restoration, which includes cars, boats and metal work. With passion and a commitment to public service, Andy founded the Friends of Eastern Cemetery volunteer group in March 2013. FOEC is currently the largest historic cemetery restoration platform in the state of Kentucky. Because of the success of FOEC, Andy is now consulting with groups in Kentucky as well as several other states all interested in forming similar cemetery restoration programs in their area.

Savannah Darr has more than seven years of experience in cultural resources management and historic preservation throughout Kentucky and various other states. She is responsible for historic research needed for cultural resource reports. Ms. Darr also works as an architectural historian conducting historic building surveys, writing building descriptions, and assessing the NRHP eligibility of those buildings. Ms. Darr has authored or co-authored numerous architectural assessments technical reports as well as archaeological technical reports in which she interprets historic documentation. Ms. Darr received a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Louisville, with a focus on historic preservation and cemetery preservation. During graduate school, Ms. Darr worked with the Metro Louisville Planning and Design Services on National Register of Historic Places nominations for historic properties, districts, and landscapes including Section 106 architectural assessments, evaluations, and research. Ms. Darr currently serves on the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission where she helps assess the historic integrity of properties and facilitate preservation efforts in the city. In early 2014 Ms. Darr also joined the Friends of Eastern Cemetery team and is helping train new recruits, coordinate fundraising events and working on the actual “hands on” monument cleaning and restoration.

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Show & Tell - Please bring any items of interest to share with the group at the meeting. Items of genealogical interest might include family heirlooms, photographs, quilts, clothing or, of course, even stories.


The Utility of the PDF File in Your Genealogical Research by Phil Hysell

(Using the LGS Tombstones of Jefferson County DVD  as Example)

Phil will illustrate the use of PDF (Portable Document Format) in making your genealogical research both more effective and efficient from the standpoints of sharing/publishing, storing and retrieval. He will use Jack Koppel's impressive photographic work on the scattered family cemeteries of Jefferson County, KY and the development of a searchable DVD-based electronic 'book' for the Louisville Genealogical Society and its members. You can then utilize these techniques to publish your own eBook.

Bio for Phil Hysell:

Phil Hysell is a WV native and a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He earned a B.S. Degree in chemistry and did graduate work at the University of Louisville. Phil was a laboratory manager for Celanese Corporation in Louisville and for Rhodia (Rhone-Poulenc) in Cranbury, NJ. He is editor of the Hisle-Hysell Genealogy newsletter, a member of the SAR, the current webmaster and a past president of the Louisville Genealogical Society and has published in various literary and scientific journals.

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German Research 101 - Getting Across the Pond presented by Joanne Pry Howard

Beginning German Research - pinpointing an immigrant's home village, town or city in Germany by using family records, passenger lists, naturalization papers, census records, local histories, church records and cemetery records.

Joanne Pry Howard's biographical information:

Past President and past microfilm chairperson of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society.

Member and past officer of Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Member of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge.

Member and past officer of Cyrus Grable Chapter, Daughters of the Union 1861-1865, Inc.

Authored and published two volumes on the "Luther Families of Mohra, Germany"

Member of the New Albany Bicentennial Church History Committee, which published "200 Years of Church Histories" in 2013.

Chairperson of the Historical Archives Committee at St. Marks United Church of Christ in New Albany and serving on the Church Council.

Administrator of the Pry, Prye, Prey Family DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA.com.

Administrator of the Pry, Prye, Prey One Name Study with the Guild of One Name Study (Goons 5806).

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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!