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“Kentucky’s 12 Days of Christmas”
Tuesday, December 8
“Kentucky’s 12 Days of Christmas”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Zoom Program:           
Hosted by Stephen M. Vest and joined by Georgia Green Stamper and the musical duo, Heath and Molly.
Our December program is shaping up to be a unique experience drawn from the pages of “Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas”, an anthology of Kentucky holiday lore, published by Kentucky Monthly Magazine.  Steve Vest, editor and publisher of the magazine, will be our host as we are treated to some of the selections from this collection of stories, poems and songs by Kentucky artists.
Stephen M. Vest is the editor and publisher of Kentucky Monthly magazine.  He is the author of several books, including “Unexpected Inheritance” and “Seasoned Cooking of Kentucky”.   He is an accomplished writer, speaker and teacher.   A graduate of both U of L and Murray State University, Steve and his wife, Kay, live in Frankfort, KY.
Georgia Green Stamper was raised in Owen County, KY.  After graduating from Transylvania University, she taught high school English, theater and coached the speech team.  In 1999, she began writing essays that have been published in numerous publications.  In 2004 she began writing a bi-weekly column, “Georgia:  On My Mind” for The Owenton News Herald.   She now lives with her husband, Eric, in Lexington.
Heath and Molly Eric, a husband and wife duo, are an American Roots-Rock musical group from Western Kentucky (Rumsey).  They performed about 150 concerts and festivals a year until late 2019 when they retired from public performing.  They formed The Eric Group, which handles the behind the scenes work necessary to produce concerts and festivals.  We are so lucky they have agreed to share their musical talents with LGS.
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Tips and Techniques for Identifying Female Ancestors
Wednesday, December 16
Tips and Techniques for Identifying Female Ancestors  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Tips and Techniques for Identifying Female Ancestors
Presented by: Deborah Campisano
Finding parents and a maiden name for our female ancestor is essential to extending that ancestral line further. That discovery is often hindered by lack of conventional genealogical records due to a woman's legal status. Though the task may seem daunting, a thorough search in a wide variety of records, particularly those created by her husband, children, othermale relatives, and their family associates can lead to success.    
Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA History), has over 38 years of genealogical research experience -- 24 as a professional. Now retired, she has concentrated on genetic genealogy course work at a number of institutes and co-founded the LGS DNA Special Interest Group with friend and colleague, Debra Renard. Deborah is currently at work on identifying an unknown 2x Irish great grandmother and other unknown ancestors using DNA evidence and traditional research.
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“Sanborn Maps”
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
“Sanborn Maps”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer
Presented by:  Kelly Dunnagan
Produced for over a century, more than 660,000 Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities (1867-1970).  Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.  As for Kentucky, the maps provide electronic access to large-scale historical maps of more than 130 Kentucky towns and cities
Kelly Dunnagan is the Kentucky History & Genealogy librarian for the Louisville Free Public Library. She directs the Kentucky History Room (KHR), a bright and sunny spot located on the 2nd floor of the original Carnegie south wing of the Main Library, built in 1908.
Kelly has more than 10 years’ experience working with the KHR collection including city directories, Sanborn Maps, newspaper databases, cemetery and census records, and other curious gems of Louisville’s local history. She loves to introduce anyone researching Louisville history to the different resources housed at the Library, and welcomes diverse programming ideas from the public.
Kelly spent her childhood and formative years in Pasadena, CA , Jackson Hole, WY and western KY before attending Murray State University where she earned her BA in Spanish. Several years later she went for a Master's in Library Science and Information Studies and graduated from Florida State
in 2014.  She has worked at LFPL for thirteen years while having lived in the Highlands, Beechmont, and Old Louisville, where her love for Louisville history flourished. She currently resides in her Shelby Park home that she shares with a tuxedo cat named Bronn.
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Civil War Raid in Missouri
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Civil War Raid in Missouri  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by Betty Darnell

Tradition tells of the Union Army raiding my ancestor's farm on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. Research by mail, on the internet, and at libraries, substantiate the stories and give rich detail. Persistence pays! (And sometimes the good stuff just "falls into your lap.")

Betty Darnell was born in Mississippi County, Missouri, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. She earned a bachelor's degree in English with a focus on Journalism at Nazareth College near Bardstown, Kentucky, married a Louisville boy, and lived several places in Missouri and Kentucky. She joined the Louisville Genealogical Society after moving back to Kentucky in 1987 and now lives near Taylorsville overlooking the Salt River valley.

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“Days of Rage & Sorrow: The Jenny Bowman Riots”
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
“Days of Rage & Sorrow: The Jenny Bowman Riots”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by James Prichard
On the morning of April 27, 1887 Jennie Bowman, a domestic servant who worked in Old Louisville, was brutally assaulted by burglars. The young white woman lived long enough to identify her attackers as two African-American men. Within hours the police had two suspects confined in jail.   The stage was set for a potential double lynching on the nights of April 27-29, a huge mob, at one point estimated to number 10,000, besieged the jail in an attempt to seize the prisoners.
This talk, both a Victorian true crime story and a glimpse of 19th century racial justice reveals how Louisville escaped the shame of lynch law during an era of increasing racial tension.
James Prichard is a Manuscript Cataloger at The Filson Historical Society. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Wright State University. He is the author of Embattled Capital: Frankfort, Kentucky in the Civil War.
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A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources (Genealogy Workshop)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources (Genealogy Workshop)  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Presented by:Curt Witcher
"A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources" includes an update on the new Genealogy Center website, new items available since mid-2019, what is available through their partnership with FamilySearch, and what steps the Genealogy Center has taken to keep staff and visitors safe during these times. The Genealogy Center is part of the Special Collections of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Curt Witcher has a degree from Indiana University in Library and Information Science.  He was a board member for the Indiana Genealogical Society from 2010-2017 and has worked at the Allen County Public library since 1987 and is presently the Director of Special Collections and Genealogy Center Manager.
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“Early Kentucky Women”
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
“Early Kentucky Women”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by Tom Stephens
“Early Kentucky Women,” explores the pioneer period, and how women coped with the hardships involved in carving homes out of the wilderness, from traveling to Kentucky, to survival methods, to persevering through hardship. Stories include: 1. the celebrated “Women of Bryan Station” of 1782, who gathered water outside the stockade near the newly established Lexington despite their knowledge of an imminent attack; 2. Mrs. John Merrill of Nelson County, who successfully defended her home against a Shawnee hunting party in 1787, earning the name “Long Knife Squaw” in the process; and 3. Margaret “Peggy” Chenoweth, who, despite being tomahawked and scalped in Middletown in 1789, not only lived 36 more years, but bore two children after the attack. Also included are some genealogical insights into frontier-era genealogy, and the difficulty with surnames.
Thomas E. Stephens has been a researcher and published writer for more than three decades, most often on Kentucky subjects. He served as editor of Kentucky Ancestors, genealogical quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society, from 1995 to 2007. He is the author of three books: First Cats: Amazing Origins of the UK Sports Tradition (which won the Historical Confederation of Kentucky’s 2005 History Award); True Bluegrass Stories: History from the Heart of Kentucky; and Civil War Game-Changers: Kentucky and Kentuckians in America's Bloodiest Conflict. He has also served as an editor and columnist for The New Voice and Elizabethtown News-Enterprise newspapers and Kentucky Monthly magazine.
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Finding Your Virginia Roots at the Library of Virginia
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Finding Your Virginia Roots at the Library of Virginia  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer
Presented by:Ashley Ramey
Join LGS and Ashley Ramey, Community Outreach Specialist for the Library of Virginia  to discover what online collections the Library of Virginia has to help genealogist find Virginia ancestors? 
Ashley Ramey is the Community Outreach Specialist for the Library of Virginia, where she coordinates the genealogy workshop series, genealogical programs, and community outreach for the Library. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in History with a concentration on early/colonial Virginia and the United States, African & Indigenous Peoples Slavery, and 19th and 20th Century race relations in Virginia. Prior to work at the Library of Virginia, she was the Site Coordinator at Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House in Downtown Richmond, Virginia."
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“The Parklands of Floyds Fork”
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
“The Parklands of Floyds Fork”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by Bob Hill  
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a world-class public recreation area. The project encompasses four dramatic parks with interconnecting roads and waterways. It was created to provide almost limitless recreational and educational opportunities including biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, nature ventures, a playground, sports fields, a nature center and an educational facility.
The land was settled by early colonists who dared to claim property and establish homes in the wild forests which lay west of the Appalachian Mountains. Before the Parklands project, some of the land was still occupied by their descendants. Challenged by regional leaders, hundreds joined in the dream, the planning, the acquisition and the other work required to create what David Jones called an extension of the accomplishments of Frederick Olmsted by “establishing something meaningful for the next 100 years.”  Bob Hill will discuss some of the people who originally settled in this area and how the Parklands dream developed.
Bob Hill worked for 33 years as a columnist with the Louisville Times and the Courier Journal. During that time he published over 4,000 columns and hundreds of feature stories. While writing was his career, his other passion centered on the eight acres and 150-year-old farm house that he and his wife, Janet, acquired more than 40 years ago. Together they have created an impressive nursery and sculpture garden called Hidden Hill. Bob continues to be involved with several literary and botanical groups. He currently serves on the committee designing and developing the Louisville Waterfront Botanical Gardens. 
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Exploring Pennsylvania's State Archives and State Library
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Exploring Pennsylvania's State Archives and State Library  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by:James M. Beidler


The Pennsylvania State Archives and State Library of Pennsylvania are well worth a researcher’s attention – catalogs and some records can be accessed online, and a research trip can be worthwhile with advance planning.



James M. Beidler

He is the author of The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an editor at Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc


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Orphan Trains: A Genealogical Challenge Posponed until 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Orphan Trains: A Genealogical Challenge Posponed until 2021  (Program)
1:00 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Zoom Meeting
Presented  by:  Mel Arnold
In 1824 a young ministerial student, Charles Loring Brace, arrived in New York after studying theology at Yale. He quickly became appalled at the number of homeless youth roaming the streets, many securing their daily needs by criminal activity. He soon called a gathering that involved many rich and renowned citizens of the city. He proposed the creation of an organization to care for and educate these homeless young people.  However, the numbers were mind staggering; estimated by social workers in 1824 to be between 10,000 and 12,000. His new organization, Children’s Aid Society, did much good but it became apparent very early that CAS could not make the significant impact needed. A questionable solution was developed; send them out to the godly people of the Midwest who would provide decent homes away from the evil influences of the city. Thus the movement which came to be known as “Orphan Trains” was born. A huge unanticipated result was the overwhelming genealogical conundrum created for hundreds of future family researchers.
Mel Arnold is a native of Alabama who graduated from Samford University (Birmingham) and then earned a theology degree at Southern Seminary in Louisville. He obtained graduate degrees from Indiana University and served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin followed by an Associate Professor position at the University of Minnesota. Mel returned to Louisville in 1983 to be director of education for Humana, supervising four educational teams, each independently focused on hospital training, immediate-care center operation (MedFirst), hospital computer systems and a start-up insurance business. After Humana changed its business plan to focus solely on the insurance industry, Mel became the Director of Education and Training for Louisville Gas and Electric which grew from a county-focused utility company to number 364 on the Forbes Top 500 Business List before being purchased by an European firm. In retirement mode, he has focused on researching his family’s history and has developed a dedicated interest in writing on topics dealing with genealogy and Kentucky history.
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