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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Using card catalogs
Ancestry.com, Family Search, SAR, LFPL, Filson Club

Bring your notebook/laptop or just show up with paper and pen/pencil.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21,2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Software – “What to Use”

Tell your friends about these workshops. These will be especially convenient to persons who work. Everyone welcome!


Historic Houses of Louisville & Southern Indiana presented by Steve Wiser

Houses of the Louisville area have inspired author and historian Steve Wiser to develop material for three recent endeavors. In collaboration with photographer Dan Madryga, he has written and published Modern Houses of Louisville, Distinctive Houses of Louisville and now his eleventh book, Historic Houses of Louisville. In this final book of the series, he starts with the very early site of George Rogers Clark cabin (restored) just downstream from the Falls of the Ohio in southern Indiana. Moving forward, Steve takes us all around the Louisville area featuring many houses including the Bullitts’ Oxmoor; Springfield (Zachary Taylor); Locust Grove, and Farmington. The Louisville region has numerous houses that are historic but lesser known and many of these are included. With this window into the past, Steve depicts how the influences of architecture and design developed from the original Virginia colony to late 19th century sway of Europe and on to the Gilded Age as America emerged into the twentieth century. He discusses as well how the place in time affected the size and type of houses built by our predecessors.

Steve Wiser is a lifelong Louisville resident. He attended St. Xavier High School and received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati. Steve has been involved in community improvement efforts in Louisville since the late 1970’s. He was active during the 1980’s with the civic group “Third Century”, which continually sought ways to make Louisville a better place in which to live. With this group, Steve co-founded the Street Banner Program, which has since spread throughout the region. He coordinated numerous forums and events. Steve also contributed assistance to the initial Mayor’s Urban Workshop programs, which are now known as Greater Louisville Inc. Development Expedition (GLIDE).

Steve has authored many Louisville Architectural and Historical books and articles, and speaks at numerous regional Universities and clubs, and is a contributing member of area committees for community improvements.

Steve Wiser is an Associate and Director of Healthcare Design for JRA Architects. Steve can be reach by email at iserAIA@Hotmail.com or via his website at www.WiserDesigns.com.


Cherokee Heritage - Native Peoples & Kentucky presented by Reginald Meeks

This program presented by the Honorable Reginald Meeks includes his personal and family Cherokee heritage. As a member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, which he helped found, he works to preserve, protect and disseminate the story and history of Kentucky Native Peoples. His presentation will not only cover his personal connection with Native Americans but educate us about the past and present challenges of his people. He will discuss Kentucky's efforts in this challenge and cover legal and legislative measures (many of which he has introduced) to help Kentucky Native Peoples.

A Louisville native, the Honorable Reginald K. Meeks has since 2001 served the 42 district in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He is a founding member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and teaches political science and history at the University of Louisville. Meeks has a B.A. from Wabash College and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is active with the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Louisville. In his spare time, he likes scuba diving, motorcycling, hunting, fishing, swimming and is a member of the Kentucky Polar Bear Club.


Rascals, Heroes and Just Plain Uncommon Folks from Kentucky presented by Dr. James Claypool

Anniversary Luncheon at Woodhaven Country Club – Reservations Required

“This program was funded in part by Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and Brown-Forman.”

Kentucky has always had interesting and colorful citizens and that likely will never change. Rascals, heroes, and just plain uncommon folks is a lively discussion of some of the Commonwealth's most interesting historical figures, some who are well known and some who are not. Get ready to participate and experience some real surprises as the afternoon's fascinating story unfolds.

Dr. James C. Claypool graduated second in the Men's Division of Centre College in 1960 with a major in History and a minor in English. He played several sports in high school and football in college. After serving in the Army as a Kentucky National Guardsman for six months he remained in the Army Reserves for five and a half years. Meanwhile, he entered graduate school at the University of Kentucky where he completed his Masters in European History (1966) and his PhD (1968). He taught history and was director of the history graduate program at Murray State University (1966-1970) and was the first employee of Northern Kentucky State College (now Northern Kentucky University) where he was Dean of Admissions/Dean of Students and taught. He also established and administered the Athletic Program at NKU (1970-1982), founded the University Archives and served as its Archivist (1982-1992), and taught both European (1970-2002) and Kentucky history (1992-2002); in 2013 he was inducted into NKU's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Claypool has written, edited, or co-authored nine books on a variety of scholarly and popular subjects as well as numerous scholarly articles. He is a popular speaker throughout the tri-state region on Kentucky Music, Kentucky History and Personalities, The Kentucky Derby, and several other subjects. He is known for his ability to relate to audiences and has been a featured speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council for over twenty years. He has also done extensive work in television and radio, written the lyrics for two recorded songs, and received numerous academic and public service honors. He has two adult children, a boy and a girl, four grandchildren, and lives with his wife Sharon, an honor graduate of Centre and retired French teacher.

No charge for Dr. Claypool’s program at 1:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required for luncheon. Click here for complete information and registration form.

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Debra Renard will present An EXCEL-lent Resource – Using Spreadsheets to Compile and Analyze Genealogical Data

Debra will lead us through a demonstration of various features of Excel that can be useful when working with genealogical data. These include multi-level sorting, filtering, color coding & highlighting text, inserting hyperlinks to other files, using “text to columns”, adding worksheet tabs, and more. Applications will include side-by-side comparison of data from multiple censuses and other documents, identifying family groups in cemeteries, and constructing European households from church records.

Debbie Renard has lived many lives in one. She has degrees in Wildlife Biology, Regional Resource Planning, music, and an MBA. She has had careers as a piano teacher, a boutique owner, a technical trainer, a computer programmer, a supply chain expert (what?), and now as a genealogist with the founding of Eureka! Genealogy. She began researching her own family history in 2008 and discovered part of her heritage is from hearty pioneer lines, looking toward First Family status in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Most importantly, she is married to a great husband and is the mother of a wonderful daughter.


Optimize your Library/ Archive Research Time presented by Chris Hettinger.

A genealogist’s dream is to step foot in an archive or library. When this happens, optimize your time there through traditional and non-traditional ways including homework, organization and technology. Even if you aren't well versed when it comes to technology, these techniques can still work for you.

Chris Hettinger has lived his entire 38 years of life in and has deep roots in the Louisville area. He holds his masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Louisville and works for GE as a design engineer. He is an avid electronics and gadget enthusiast and has been since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Chris started researching his genealogy back at the end of 2007 and, when he is not chasing his 2 sons and daughter, named for ancestors of course, loves coming up with clever ways to use technology to contribute to his genealogical research.


Joe Hardesty will present “An overview of the Kentucky History and Genealogy section found at the Louisville Free Public Library
Joe is the Kentucky History and Genealogy Librarian at Louisville Free Public Library. He has Master degrees from Western Kentucky University and Univeristy of Kentucky and is the first librarian in Kentucky to receive a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, from the University of Toronto.
Joe's job can be summed up in the mission statement for the History and Genealogy collection at our public library:
"The mission of the Library’s Kentucky History and Genealogy collection is to ensure that residents of Metro Louisville and users living far beyond its borders will have reliable access to primary and secondary source materials of historical and genealogical value well into the future."
Growing and maintaining the library's history and genealogy collection is one thing..., teaching users about the collection and how helpful it can be..., well, that’s just the icing on his cake!


"Your Computer as a Genealogical Toolbox" by Phil Hysell
Phil will show how to make your genealogy come alive, be more efficient and, even more importantly, be much more enjoyable through the use of your computer's capabilities. He will present examples, including effective use of your family tree databases, photo restoration, finding 'lost' family cemeteries, writing your family story, bringing cherished family memories back to life through creative use of old photos and 8mm movies and, as time allows, even more.

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 in Cranbury, NJ. He is editor of the Hisle-Hysell Genealogy newsletter, a member of the SAR, Past President of the Louisville Genealogical Society and has published in various literary and scientific journals.


Susan Covey will present Soldiers’ Stories: Early War Pension Records
During the years 1775 to 1902, thousands of American men answered the call of their country and joined the military and served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, various Indian wars of the 1800’s, the Mexican War, Civil War, and the Spanish American War. When the veterans of these wars met the requirements, the federal government granted them pensions for their service. A significant but often overlooked part of family research, the early war pension records can be an exceptional source for furthering one’s genealogy. An early war veteran’s pension file is a potential goldmine for the researcher as it can provide and confirm names and dates, track migrations, establish family ties, and break through brick walls.

Susan Covey is the keeper of the genealogical flame for her family. She is self-taught in the field of family history and has been researching over 25 years. Susan has a journalism degree from the University of Evansville and has attended the University of Louisville. She is a current board member and past vice president of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society, a member of the Louisville Genealogical Society, and the National Society Daughters of the Union. Susan was born and raised in Indiana. Having lived in the bluegrass for many years, she proudly calls herself a “born again Kentuckian.”


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!