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Each year the Louisville Genealogical Society sponsors a Family History Seminar and Book Fair, featuring a nationally-known speaker.

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Our 2014 Seminar will be held on October 18; featured speaker will be Christine Rose.

Christine Rose. Author, lecturer, columnist, Christine's lecturing experience includes national conferences (National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and GenTech), and many regional seminar and local seminars including New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York City; seminars in Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Long Island, New York, and many others.

These comments are from Tina Sansone, BellaOnline's Genealogy Editor:

"Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG is one of my favorite genealogists to listen to as she lectures. Her sense of humor shines through and she is NEVER boring. Her lecture on court houses has helped me as I visit the MS and TN courts; I am no longer as fearful of what to do. I recommend her book, 'Courthouse Research for Family Historians'.

"'Courthouse Research for Family Historians' is the only guidebook devoted totally to courthouse research. From an author who has researched in more than 500 courthouses of the U.S., Christine starts with the preparation, giving advice on which courthouse to research first, how to prepare, and how to get past the clerks into the records. She then offers concrete examples of what will be found in each office, how to use the indexes in that office, and how to interpret what is found. Going beyond the location of the record, she discusses evaluation of the records, significance to your family's search, and many other facets of research. Written in a clear style, concise, and with many tips for novices to advanced researchers.

"Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG is a Genealogy Great in my book. Why not check out one of her many books and take advantage of her knowledge and expertise? If you are ever able to hear one of her lectures, you will not be disappointed. Christine is a sweet, funny, wonderful genealogist that I look forward to seeing and listening to whenever I get the opportunity!"

The lectures which Christine Rose will present:

9:00 a.m. - Addicted to Courthouses!
Courthouses can be intimidating. This lecture will guide the researcher past the clerks and into the valuable records. The answers to many genealogical problems are only sitting on those courthouse shelves!

10:45 a.m. - Estates: A Goldmine!
Often researchers even those experienced, will consult the wills, but little else. Many examples will be presented which will demonstrate to genealogists that they’ve been missing or misinterpreting some valuable records.

1:15 p.m. - County Land Records in Depth
This lecture will show the wide diversity of county land records, how to access them, how to use and interpret them. One of the most valuable of genealogical sources, they are vastly underused and often misunderstood.

3:00 p.m. - 'Solving' the Problem Onsite in 25 hours or Less!
This lecture is one of the favorites. Strategies are presented to maximize onsite research, with a case study to illustrate it. The same strategies can be used even when not onsite.

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In addition to these lectures, these free classes will be presented:

9:00 a.m. - Finding Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers by Jana Meyer.

Newspapers can be an underused resource in genealogical research.  Learn what types of information you can expect to find in historic newspapers, and how to identify and search newspapers for genealogical information.  Discover online newspaper sources, including Kentucky's involvement in the National Digital Newspaper Program.  Searchable newspaper databases available through local libraries will also be discussed.
Class level: Intermediate.

A Louisville native, Jana Meyer recently returned to the city after a three-year sojourn in Charleston, South Carolina where she was on staff with the South Carolina Historical Society.  Jana received a degree in History from the University of Louisville, as well as a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.  She is currently the Reference Librarian at the Filson Historical Society.

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9:00 a.m. - Crossing the Ocean to Research by Susan & Bill Snyder.
You have established your ancestor’s place of residence in another country and now you wish to visit and research. How do you get started? We’ll give you ideas of what to do before you go and after you arrive in order to maximize your research. Based upon our recent trip to Norway, we’ll tell you how we prepared, who we contacted and what we found.
Class level: Intermediate.

Susan Olson Snyder was introduced to genealogy when she joined a family research class, sponsored by Welcome Wagon. She had moved to Virginia with her husband and son and was looking for a way to meet people in a new city. She has been researching her and her husband’s families for almost 40 years, especially in Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, Germany and Norway. She is a native of Louisville, KY, attended Ursuline College and has degrees in Mathematics and Art. After retiring from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2005, she has become active in the Louisville Genealogical Society, serving as editor of the quarterly and as vice-president.

William “Bill” Snyder has been focusing on genealogy for almost forty years. His concentrations have been mainly in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has also carried out research for German and Norwegian family records. While preparing and taking many research trips, he has come up with numerous ideas concerning preparation and time usage. These could conserve time both before, as well as during a research trip - especially in a foreign country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Louisville. He has served both as treasurer and newsletter editor in the Louisville Genealogical Society.

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10:45 a.m. - Draper Papers & Ancestry Research by Mel Arnold.

Lyman Draper was an admirer of the early American Revolutionaries and frontiersmen whom he viewed as heroes. A puny and unhealthy youth prevented him from participating in much physical activity and led him to read extensively, primarily early American history and biographies. As a young adult he talked with surviving pioneers and their families using the information to publish a few articles. After trying several business ventures he secured the position of Wisconsin State Librarian. Before and during his library tenure he traveled widely to research the history of the Revolutionary Era. He conducted interviews and collected biographies, letters, memoirs, and any official documents he could obtain or “borrow”. His massive, unorganized collection became the property of the Wisconsin State Archives.
Many accuse him of being a “paper thief” but scholars were attracted to the true historical worth of the materials and began to organize and catalogue the jumbled papers. Before long family historians saw their value for researching Revolutionary Era ancestors. The Draper Manuscripts are now catalogued and available in microfilm format in many libraries. This session will cover the method by which one can access and explore these extensive records.
Class level: Beginner/Intermediate.

Mel Arnold is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Samford University of Birmingham. After attending seminary in Louisville, he received graduate degrees from Indiana University. He served as Assistant Professor on the Continuing Education faculty of the University of Wisconsin and then became an Associate Professor on the business faculty at the University of Minnesota. He returned to Louisville to be Director of Education and Training for Humana. When Humana sold both its hospital and immediate care center operations to focus on the insurance industry, he became the Director of Education and Training for LGE Energy. Since retiring from LGE, he has concentrated on genealogical issues and historical research. He is a Past President of the Louisville Genealogical Society.

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10:45 a.m. - Utility of the PDF File in Your Research by Phil Hysell & Jack Koppel.

Phil Hysell and Jack Koppel will illustrate the use of PDF (Portable Document Format) in making your genealogical research more efficient from the standpoints of sharing, storing and retrieval. They will use Jack's impressive photographic work on the scattered family cemeteries of Jefferson County, KY and Phil's development of a searchable DVD-based electronic 'book' for the Louisville Genealogical Society and its members to demonstrate the PDF utility.
Class level: Intermediate/Advanced.

Phil Hysell is a West Virginia 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 and Past Vice President of the Louisville Genealogical Society and has published in various literary and scientific journals.

Jack Koppel is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  Jack worked for Louisville Metro Government for 33 years where he was the Communications Coordinator for the Emergency Management Agency and managed the Louisville 9-1-1 Call Center and Local Government Radio.  He became interested in cemeteries in the 1980's when he lived in the historical Abraham Hite house in Fern Creek that had a cemetery behind the house.  He has been volunteering his time working with Metro Government to locate cemeteries in Jefferson County and have the cemeteries marked on maps so that the cemeteries will be preserved.

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1:15 p.m. - Genealogical Proof Standard by T. Joseph Hardesty, MLS, PLCGS

This workshop will discuss the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) - the benchmark for professional genealogists, the corresponding steps of the Genealogy Research Process and the standards used to collect and evaluate genealogical evidence. Local, real world examples will be provided.
Class level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.

Joe Hardesty is the Kentucky History and Genealogy Librarian of the Louisville Free Public Library. Having earned both a Masters degree in Education from Western Kentucky University and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, he became the first in Kentucky to earn a certificate in genealogical librarianship.  Since 1997, Joe has assisted users of the Library’s genealogy collection to successfully research their family history and has presented numerous workshops and lectures to genealogical societies and library professionals throughout the region.  He has also written articles for Kentucky Ancestors, the quarterly publication of the Kentucky Historical Society, and Family Chronicle Magazine.

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1:15 p.m. - Why Y? Using Y-DNA to Break Down Brick Walls by Debra Renard.

Debbie will start with an overview of DNA testing from a genealogical perspective. Then she will focus on Y-STR testing, including possible testing objectives, Y inheritance patterns, and understanding test results.
Class level: Intermediate.

Debra Renard is a full-time genealogical researcher and lecturer, and the founder of Eureka! Genealogy. She is working toward a specialization as a genetic genealogist. She began researching her own family history in 2008 and discovered a good part of her heritage is from hearty pioneer lines, looking toward First Family status in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is the editor of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s Lines and By-Lines Quarterly, and is the Treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Debbie has lived many lives in one, having 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, finally, her true calling as a genealogist!

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3:00 p.m. - Regional Cultures in North America by Jeanne Luhr.

Did your Yankeedom Calvinist ancestors have the same culture as your Tidewater aristocrats or your slave lords of the Deep South? Or did some of your ancestors come later on the wave from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands and settle in Greater Appalachia. Did the ancestors from France, Spain or Africa have the same culture as those from English speaking countries? We’ve moved around a lot since the first Europeans came to North America. Are we truly a “melting pot” founded on a common culture? Colin Woodard in his book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America argues that 11 distinct cultures spread across the continent and still influence us today. We will take a look at the distinct cultures our ancestors came from, where those ancestors moved to, and you may decide whether you are more a reflection of your ancestors’ cultures or the culture of the region in which you live.
Class level: Beginner/Intermediate.

Jeanne Zellner Luhr has always been interested in history. She grew up with parents and grandparents who were interested in family history, kept records, went to reunions and told stories. It is learning the stories of family ancestors that interests Jeanne the most. She has written articles about her or her husband’s ancestors for publications in Ohio and LGS.

Jeanne is a member of National Society of Daughters of the Union, Ohio Genealogical Society and 3 county societies in Ohio, two family societies and has been on the Board of Louisville Genealogical Society since 2010.

With B.S. and M.S. degrees in nutrition, Jeanne spent her early career as a Registered Dietitian working in hospitals, served as a clinical instructor for the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics at the University of Kentucky and wrote the Nutrition Principals section of the first Nutrition Education and Training Manual for the state of Kentucky. For the last 30 years of her career she worked in public health counseling pregnant and breast-feeding women and families with children under age five.

3:00 p.m. - Brick Wall? Apply the FAN Principle by Deborah 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.
Class level: Intermediate.

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


Bullitt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 960, Shepherdsville KY 40165.
The Society offers county history and county records in book form and on CD-ROM. The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Society, features two rooms of historic artifacts, as well as a small research library featuring family files, cemetery records on computer, and much more. The museum is located at the front entrance of the courthouse in Shepherdsville. The museum website:

J.Camille Cultural Academy, 9800 Springbark Drive, Louisville, KY 40241. Judith C. Owens-Lalude, director and founder of the j. camille cultural academy is an author, dramatist, educator, folklorist, publisher, speaker, and storyteller. She will share her ideas on writing and storytelling with those who visit her table. Don’t miss the opportunity to get an autograph copy of her novels: The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom; Miss Lucy: Slave and Civil War Nurse; and Wedding Drums and the Tall-Tall Tree – readings for the entire family. For those who want to write their own book/s, she will also be selling her booklet, Writing for Children and Teens PROMPTER. Visit the website:

Colonial Dames 17th Century, Contact: Sallie Cheatham Smith, Past President, John Combs Chapter, 502-290-5619.
Our members honor the hardships and heroism of those who sought spiritual and economic freedom in the wilderness of this new world. We preserve their values and ideals in the present through our goals and projects: preservation of historic sites and records; promotion of heraldry and research; support of charitable projects and education. The John Combs Chapter was organized in Louisville in 1987.

Betty R. Darnell, 171 Anna Lee Drive, Taylorsville KY; Published abstracts of records of Kentucky counties of Bullitt, Jefferson (Births, 1852-1855; Births 1856-1859; Births 1910-1911; Louisville City Court Minute Book: Indentures of Apprenticeship, 1836-1856), and Spencer.

Eureka! Genealogy. Debra Renard is a Specialist in Genetic Genealogy.
* DNA test results analysis
* Assistance with your research
* Lineage applications
* Treasured gifts of heritage
Debra Renard is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Louisville Genealogical Society - Quarterly Editor, Kentucky Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society and Utah Genealogical Society.
Specializing in Northern and Central Kentucky, Southern Indiana and Southwestern Ohio.

John Fox Jr. Genealogical Library,; 859-987-1786
The library focuses on assisting patrons to document their Revolutionary War ancestors. The Libary is also an historical library with resources unique to Bourbon County, as well as other Kentucky counties and states where Kentucky pioneers came from. Email and phone queries are accepted.

Just Books

Louisville Free Public Library, Joe Hardesty, 301 York Street, Louisville KY 40203; 502-574-1617;
The Library - at the crossroads of knowledge and know-how. Genealogy resources at the library (North wing, 2nd floor) are available in the following formats: book, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROM, and online

Michiana History Publications, John Palmer, P.O.Box 1537,South Bend, Indiana 46634,(574)291-3955, email: Michiana History Publications has been selling new, used and hard-to-find genealogy books, charts, maps and forms since 1987. We currently have over 150 reprints of historical maps of the United States, Europe, Germany, and Ireland, and our inventory grows daily. -- Visit our online store at: and our ebay store at:

Lynn Scholl Renau, 726 Waterford Road, Louisville KY 40207;

SAR Genealogical Research Library, 809 West Main Street, Louisville KY 40202; 502-588-6130;
The Library is a non-lending research facility. Highlights of the library include a large collection of family histories and state records, as well as many Revolutionary War records and access to online genealogy databases. For more information about the library, please visit the website at

Trimble County Historical Society Mission is "To collect preserve and perpetuate facts, documents and relics of historic significance relative to Trimble County, while awakening interest in the study of its history."
With 29 published works to aid in your genealogy research, visit our website at

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Interested in participating in the Vendor section at the Louisville Genealogical Society Seminar and Book Fair? The cost of a table is $10 for businesses (no limit on number of tables). Exhibitors not selling anything have one free table. Lunch is available at a cost of $8.00 per person. Please contact Don Pfaadt, for a registration form. When you submit the form, please include a blurb about your society or business for inclusion on our syllabus and website.

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Parking is NOT ALLOWED at Shopping Center across Shelbyville Road from church (old Sears building).
Harvey Browne Church has an event planned for October 18, 2014, so their parking lot is not available for Seminar attendees.
There are multiple parking spaces around Beargrass Christian Church.
Parking is allowed at Owens Medical Center rear lot.

Click here for a map indicating allowable parking near Beargrass Christian Church.

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Click here to access a flier/registration form.

When additional information about the Seminar is available, it will be posted. Check back often.