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

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

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!


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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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-grandmother’s life crumbling before you can pass it on to your own great-grandchildren? Join Sarah-Jane Poindexter and Elizabeth Reilly of the University of Louisville’s 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 Louisville’s Archives and Special Collections department where she serves as Manuscript Archivist and Co-director of the Oral History Center.  Poindexter has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Louisville and a Master’s 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.


To be announced.


History of the Belle of Louisville presented by Charles E. "Chuck" Parrish

Mr. Parrish will speak about the History of the Belle of Louisville following the showing of the DVD, "The Legendary Lady: The Story of the Belle of Louisville." This meeting will follow close on the heels of the celebration of the Belle's 100th birthday, which will occur on October 15-19, 2014. 

 Charles E. “Chuck” Parrish, a native Louisvillian, graduated from the University of Louisville with BA in history (1964) and did graduate work at UL in history. After 30 years of service, he retired January 2004 as Historian of the Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was involved in many projects related to the Ohio River. He was re-hired by the Corps 2006-2008 for special river projects.

Previous employment includes the Kentucky Heritage Commission, the Filson Historical Society, and Louisville/Jefferson County Planning Commission. His entire career has been in the field of historic preservation, historical agency management, and documentation of America’s maritime history.

While active in numerous historical organizations such as the Louisville Historical League and Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Committee, he has also been active in numerous projects, he has authored numerous articles on history of navigation development in the Ohio Valley. He has collaborated on many publications dealing with river subjects by other authors and has served as proof-reader/editor for several river-related publications. For 20 years Mr. Parrish narrated tours on riverboats in the Louisville area, including the Belle of Louisville, River Queen, Bonnie Belle, and Star of Louisville and was a guest lecturer on the Delta Queen, American Queen, and the Chattanooga Star.

Since retirement, he has been a consultant/writer/speaker on river-related history and preservation projects at numerous river venues and a guest lecturer at Bellarmine University, Louisville. He is also working as a consultant to Hanover College in Indiana and their Rivers Institute on matters of river history. He served as Chair of the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee and coordinated production of a DVD on 200 Years of Steamboating, publication of a book of essays on the same subject and giving many presentations on the history if steamboating.

Mr. Parrish is married with 2 sons, 4 granddaughters, and 1 grandson.

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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 Bachelor’s 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 women’s 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!