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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

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!


March 18 , 2015    FamilySearch and How to Build Your Tree

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

    April 15, 2015 Organizing Your Research – Using OneNote

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

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NEW !! A DNA SIG (Special Interest Group)

If you've been wanting to learn about DNA testing and how to utilize your various test results to seek out the very best matches, then this is the group for you. It is led by Deborah Lord Campisano and Debra Smith Renard and is held at the Eline Library in St. Matthews (see above) on the Second Floor. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on  5 March from 10:00 AM - 2:00PM.


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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Program for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - The Battle of Mill Springs 1:00  PM  presented by Stuart W. Sanders

Join Civil War author Stuart W. Sanders as he discusses his book, The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky.  This fight was an important early battle that helped keep Kentucky under Union control.  Fought near Somerset on a foggy January 19, 1862, many of the Confederates’ antiquated flintlock muskets failed to fire in the rain.  The Southerners’ poor weaponry, coupled with fragmented unit cohesion and the death of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer at the height of the fighting, ultimately led to the rebels’ defeat. Although Mill Springs was smaller than later battles, it was one of great consequence. The Federals’ victory there broke a Confederate defensive line across Kentucky, which put the Bluegrass State in Union hands at a critical time. The Union victory there also opened large sections of Tennessee to Union invasion and provided a boost for flagging Northern morale at an important period.

Stuart W. Sanders is the author of three books, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle (The History Press, 2012), The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (The History Press, 2013), and Maney’s Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Perryville (The History Press, 2014).  His long-form essay (e-single), “Lincoln’s Confederate Little Sister: Emilie Todd Helm,” was published on the Kindle and related platforms in early 2015.  He has also contributed to the books Kentuckians in Gray: Confederate Generals and Field Officers of the Bluegrass State,multiple volumes of Confederate Generals in the Western Theater, and multiple volumes of the forthcoming Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi. Sanders has also written for Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Civil War History, Hallowed Ground, Civil War Quarterly, Blue & Gray, Kentucky Humanities, The Journal of America’s Military Past, Kentucky Ancestors, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Encyclopedia Virginia, and several other publications. He is the former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association and is currently a public history administrator in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Program for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - THE CHURCHILLS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 1:00 PM   presented by Mike Zanone

Although the Churchills are not actually his ancestors, Mike Zanone has done quite a bit of research on them over the past decade and more so in the past 2 years. His interest in this family is rooted in residing on the same land they once owned 200 years ago, when Samuel Churchill's plantation in central Jefferson County was known as "Spring Grove." Mr. Churchill's home was 2 blocks from where Mike lives, and that proximity has driven him to learn more about the family.

Mike's talk will cover various family members across four generations, from 1787 to 1899. There are a lot of interesting stories about the Churchills, and certainly as one of the early pioneer or founding families of Jefferson County they have left their fingerprints on our community in many ways (including a certain well-known horse race that happens every spring!). There are other, lesser known, interesting stories about the family he will include as well.

Mike Zanone is a lifelong resident of the St. Joseph neighborhood of Louisville near Preston St. and Eastern Parkway. He has served as the secretary & vice-president of the area's neighborhood association since it was formed in 1979. He has also served on the board of directors of the Louisville Historical League for the past 8 years. As an avid local historian he has given several walking tours of the St. Joseph neighborhood, along with talks about the area's history, occasionally appearing in the character of some of the area's historical figures as part of the ongoing "Legends of Spring Garden" series that began in 2006.

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Program for Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - Lucy Clark Croghan: Mistress of Locust Grove 1:00 PM    presented by Mandy Dick

John and Ann Rogers Clark of Albemarle County, Virginia had ten children. Five of their sons were officers in the Revolutionary war. Two brothers died in the conflict. The remaining three moved to Kentucky, still a part of Virginia. One brother, Jonathan had a friend, Major William Croghan, who several years after the war (1789) married Jonathan’s sister, Lucy Clark. They decided to live near the town of Louisville which was founded by her brother, George Rogers Clark. The area was still quite wild and dangerous – the Indian attack on Chenoweth Station occurred just three days after their wedding. They established a home and farm just six miles from town and named their new residence Locust Grove. It became the center of a number of major events as they and the Clark brothers experienced frontier adventures and gained national fame.

Mandy Dick is an avid student of history, especially Kentucky history. She has created first-person interpretational presentations of several historical characters (including the story of her great-great-grandmother Betsy Pennington which she presented for LGS previously.)

Mandy Dick is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She has worked as a director of Public Relations (Spalding University and The American Society of Transportation and Logistics), writer (published in Louisville Magazine and Louisville Encyclopedia), editor (Episcopal diocesan newspaper), teacher (English and History), receptionist/interpreter (Falls of Ohio State Park) and docent (Locust Grove). However her favorite title is “Story Teller”.  For our June program she will present her interpretation of Lucy Clark Croghan’s life and the significance of Locust Grove in Kentucky history.

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The Utility of the PDF File in Your Genealogical Research by Phil Hysell (with cemetery questions answered by Jack Koppel)

(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. Jack Koppel, of course, will be present to answer any specific questions that might arise on the cemeteries included.

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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Get the "Dirt" on Your Ancestors by Betty Darnell

County land records are all about "Herschel Jerkhimer sells 40 acres to Eliphalet Dirtybones" - Right?  Wrong!! Learn how to search land records and some of the interesting things you can find to enhance your research.

 Bio for Betty:

Betty Darnell teaches, lectures, and writes about family research methods, and has compiled and self-published abstracts of Kentucky and Missouri county records, and family books. She is currently contributing record abstracts for society publications of Bullitt County, Spencer County, Nelson County, and Louisville.
Popular titles include Who Was Who in Bullitt County, an abstract of a 1949-1950 series in The Pioneer-News, about 1850 residents of Bullitt County, and Printed by the Devil’s Devil, a transcript of a series in The Pioneer-News, by J. R. Zimmerman, about the residents and buildings in the Shepherdsville area in 1891 * * * * * * * * * * 

Workshop for Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 

Brick Wall? Learn to Apply the FAN Principle! by Deborah Lord Campisano

When no record positively identifies our ancestor’s parentage, does it seem he was dropped by spaceship with no kin in sight? By studying our ancestor within the context of community and applying the FAN Principle (Friends/Family, Associates and Neighbors), we may just find the answers we seek.

Bio for Deborah:

Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA History), has over 30 years of genealogical research experience -- 23 as a professional. She completed genealogical course work at institutes IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP, and is a frequent lecturer on methodology at local, state and regional conferences. Currently, Deborah is hot on the trail, using DNA evidence and traditional research, to identify her mysterious 2x Irish great grandmother

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!