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.
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Program for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - The Battle of Mill Springs presented by Stuart W.
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 BluegrassState 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 JEFFERSONCOUNTY 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 JeffersonCounty 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 JeffersonCounty 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 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 (SpaldingUniversity 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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WORKSHOP FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 28th, 2015
German Research 101 - Getting Across the Pond presented by Joanne
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.
Howard's biographical information:
President and past microfilm chairperson of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society.
and past officer of Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the
of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge.
and past officer of Cyrus Grable Chapter, Daughters of the Union 1861-1865,
and published two volumes on the "Luther Families of Mohra, Germany"
of the New Albany Bicentennial Church History Committee, which published
"200 Years of Church Histories" in 2013.
of the Historical Archives Committee at St. Marks United Church of Christ
in New Albany and serving on the Church Council.
of the Pry, Prye, Prey Family DNA project at
of the Pry, Prye, Prey One Name Study with the Guild of One Name Study (Goons
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WORKSHOP FOR TUESDAY, May 26, 2015
the "Dirt" on Your Ancestors by Betty Darnell
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:
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
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
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Workshop for Tuesday, 23 June 2015 -
Using OneNote to Organize your Genealogy -
by Nancy Simmons
demonstrate how using Microsoft OneNote 2013 can help you to organize your
genealogical research. Unlike
genealogical software, OneNote 2013 allows you to gather and organize text, emails, pictures, web-pages and
documents all in one digital Notebook on your computer that is searchable and
can be stored on the Cloud to access anywhere. You can save random bits of information to full thought processes when
working through a problem. Use OneNote 2013 to organize
families, research notes, develop your research plans for trips or for breaking
those brick walls.
Nancy Simmons Roberson is a Michigan native with an
education degree from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. She earned a B. A. Degree in education and
did graduate work at Michigan State University. Nancy was a K-12 physical education and social studies teacher, coach and
athletic director at Bath Community Schools in Bath, Michigan from
1969-2003. Nancy has over 30 years of
genealogical research experience and is a past president of the Louisville
Genealogical Society. She currently
teaches LGS internet genealogy classes at Eline St. Matthews library in
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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:
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
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.