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German Special Interest Group
Tuesday, April 4
German Special Interest Group  (SIG)
2:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.



Nancy Simmons Roberson -

 The First Wave German SIG meets for one hour on the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00  pm. We meet on Zoom and share and discuss German research tips and techniques. If you are interested in joining this group we welcome you to our meetings.

 Click on the link below to join the program:


Bloody Monday: The Causes and Aftermath
Tuesday, April 11
Bloody Monday: The Causes and Aftermath  (Program)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  Robert Ullrich and John Kleber
Bloody Monday: Causes and Aftermath examines the 1855 election riots in
Louisville from three aspects. First, the causes of the Bloody Monday riots
are  . These include the unprecedented wave of immigrants, principally the
Germans and the Irish, who came to Louisville in the nineteenth century.
Half of them were Roman Catholics coming to a largely Protestant city
suspicious of their religion.
The German Forty-Eighters came to the United States following the failed
1848 revolution in Germany. Some of them were radical newspaper editors
who published the Louisville Platform in 1854. The controversial points of
the Louisville Platform caused tensions between the immigrants and
The American Party (the Know-Nothings) rose to prominence after the
collapse of the Whig Party in the early 1850s. Their platform was largely
anti-foreigner and anti-Catholic. The editor of the Louisville Journal,
George Prentice, took up the American Party cause and further provoked
anti-immigrant bigotry by his fiery editorials.
Second, the Know-Nothings attempted to rig an election in Louisville on
August 6, 1855. At first, there were scuffles at the polls as naturalized
immigrants were refused the right to vote.
When shots were fired in the German neighborhood late in the morning,
the scuffles quickly escalated into daylong violence against the immigrants
and Catholics. The events of the day culminated with the burning of Quinn’s
Row in the Irish neighborhood. At least twenty-two died in the riots, although
other estimates put the death toll in the hundreds.
Third, as a result of the Bloody Monday riots, properties and businesses in
the German and Irish neighborhoods were destroyed, and thousands of
immigrants left Louisville for more friendly confines. The economy of Louisville
was nearly destroyed by the events of Bloody Monday, and only the Civil War
and the business it brought saved Louisville.
The Bloody Monday riots were memorialized by ceremonies in 2005, and an
historical marker was erected at the former site of Quinn’s Row on the north
side of Main Street between Tenth and Eleventh Streets in 2006.

Uncover Your Family's Story Using the Genealogy Center  Online Catalog & Persi
Tuesday, April 25
Uncover Your Family's Story Using the Genealogy Center Online Catalog & Persi  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by Elizabeth Hodges


Uncover Your Family's Story Using the Genealogy Center Online Catalog and PERSI-

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is the second largest family research center in the United States. Visitors from across the country and around the world rely on the Genealogy Center for its international collection of physical resources; free access to numerous databases; and knowledgeable staff.


The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world, created by the staff of the Allen County Public Library Foundation and the ACPL’s Genealogy Center. PERSI indexes articles in periodical titles (including defunct titles) published by thousands of local, state, national and international societies, and organizations. It is arranged by surname or location and, also by basic subject headings.



Elizabeth Hodges - Allen County Public Library

Senior Genealogy Librarian

Elizabeth Hodges, a Louisiana native, is a historian, educator, and genealogist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Upon graduating from New York University, she began working for the New York Public Library in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division as a page while pursuing her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University in New York.


Elizabeth first began researching her own genealogy at the age of eighteen, and since then she has focused on tracing her ancestors’ journeys within southwest Louisiana, New York, Ireland, England, and beyond. While her specialties and interests lie in Irish migration/immigration, New York genealogy, the experiences of immigrant women, archival management, and Louisiana genealogy and local history, she is always eager to learn and explore other aspects of genealogy research.


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“Gentlemen, Honor and Blood: the Galt House Tragedy of 1838”
Tuesday, May 9
“Gentlemen, Honor and Blood: the Galt House Tragedy of 1838”  (Program)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  James Prichard
On Dec. 15, 1838 a violent altercation at Louisville's leading hotel left two men dead and several wounded. Judge Edward C. Wilkenson had traveled from Mississippi to Kentucky in order to be married in Bardstown. He stopped in Louisville to order a new suit and an argument with the tailor led to a physical altercation. The tailor, accompanied by several friends, confronted Wilkenson, his brother and a friend at the Galt House and the bloody melee that followed resulted in one of the most sensational murder trials in Kentucky history.

James M. Prichard is an independent scholar who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He supervised the Kentucky State Archives Research Room for nearly 25 years and worked 7 years in the Special Collections Department at the Filson Historical Society.
He has written several articles, essays and book reviews on early Kentucky and Civil War history. His latest book is Embattled Capital: Frankfort, Kentucky in the Civil War.

From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps
Tuesday, May 23
From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
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Presented by Cari A. Taplin
From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research With Maps - 
Our ancestors existed in a time and a place. Maps are one way to give the names and dates in our genealogical research more life, context, and excitement. Where did they live? What would they have seen? How did they get around? Cari Taplin will examine various ways researchers can use maps to trace their ancestors and their research. Some of the topics she will cover are:
  • A look at different types of map
  • Tech tricks for using maps such as Google Maps’ “My Places”
  • Using maps to determine possible migration routes
  • Using collected research to recreate neighborhoods
  • Using maps as an alternative (or additional) research log
  • Online map collections
  • Mini-case studies to illustrate using maps for analysis
Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. she also lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group “The Genealogy Squad.” Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.

Power Up Your Computer with FamilySearch
Tuesday, June 13
Power Up Your Computer with FamilySearch  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson
Power Up Your Computer with FamilySearch
This is a hands-on workshop so bring your computer or digital device to the workshop to Power Up with FamilySearch. Learn about FamilySearch WIKI and how to navigate it to find your ancestor’s records. Learn to use the WIKI to find the birth, death, marriage, census records, and other genealogy resources for your ancestor. Bring an ancestor’s name, a date and a location to the workshop to search Records in the many collections on FamilySearch.
Hands On: Bring Your Own Computer
Nancy Simmons Roberson
I filled out my first pedigree chart in November of 1969. In the 1980s genealogy research was taking a new twist with the advent of computers. I soon was entering my research into a genealogy program I found as shareware and eventually I bought the program called Brother's Keeper. The state of Michigan had built a new State Library and State Archives that was only eight miles from my home.  In 1985 I joined the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society and attended meetings and my first genealogy conference. Many a Saturday, as my husband and children attended 4-H rabbit shows, I was at the Michigan State Library cranking microfilm machines discovering my family.

38th Anniversary Luncheon 2023
Tuesday, July 11
38th Anniversary Luncheon 2023  (Program)
12:00 pm
Woodhaven Country Club 7200 Woodhaven Road Louisville, Kentucky 40291
38th. Anniversary Luncheon
  Murder on the Ohio Belle Presented by author
  Stuart W. Sanders following the Luncheon.
  (Bio and Details on website.)
$30 per person
  Luncheon Buffet Menu (begins at Noon)
 Parmesan Chicken, Garlic & Rosemary Pork Loin
 Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots, Garlic Mashed Potatoes,
House Salad, Rolls, Brownies, and Unlimited Iced Tea and Water.
Deadline for Registration is June 30th!!