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German Special Interest Group
Tuesday, June 6
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.

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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.

“Louisville Gambling Barons”
Tuesday, June 27
“Louisville Gambling Barons”  (Program)
1:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer
Registration required at www.KYLGS.ORG for Zoom presentation
Presented by:  Bryan Bush
Louisville experienced a golden age of gambling between 1860 and 1885, thanks to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers by steamboat and foot. They played faro, keno, roulette and other games of chance, such as chuck-a-luck. Entire city blocks were devoted to betting. Horse racing and lotteries emerged. Gaming houses became grand palaces, with names such as the Crockford, the Crawford and the Turf Exchange, frequented by famous gamblers like Richard Watts, Colonel 'Black' Chinn and actor Nat Goodwin. Author Bryan Bush offers up these stories and more about 'The City of Gamblers.'
Bryan Bush was born in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky and has been a native of that city ever since.  He graduated with honors from Murray State University with a degree in History and Psychology, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville.  Bryan has always had a passion for history, especially the Civil War.  He has been a member of many different Civil War historical preservation societies. He has consulted for movie companies, other authors and coordinated with other museums on displays of various museum artifacts. Mr. Bush has published over fourteen books on the Civil War and Louisville history, including Louisville During the Civil War, Louisville’s Southern Exposition, Favorite Sons of Civil War Kentucky, and The Men Who Built The City of Progress: Louisville During The Gilded Age.  His had two new publications in 2021: A History Lover’s Guide to Louisville and Bluegrass Bourbon Barons. Bryan has been a Civil War re-enactor for fifteen years, portraying an artillerist. In December of 2019, He became the park manager for the Perryville State Historic Site. 

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.
$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.
Murder on the Ohio Belle (University Press of Kentucky) examines southern honor culture, interpersonal violence, and vigilante justice through the lens of two murders that took place on board the steamboat Ohio Belle in 1856. In addition to having a unique Civil War history, the Ohio Belle, which carried people and freight from Cincinnati to New Orleans, also had several connections to Louisville.
Stuart W. Sanders is the author of five books, including Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle, The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, Maney’s Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Perryville, Murder on the Ohio Belle, and the forthcoming Anatomy of a Duel: Secession, Civil War, and the Evolution of Kentucky Violence (November 2023). Sanders has written for a wide range of magazines, journals, and anthologies and his guest columns about Kentucky history have appeared in more than fifty newspapers across the region. He is the former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association and now serves as the Director of Research and Collections for the Kentucky Historical Society.
Deadline for Registration is June 30th!!

Breathe Life into Your Genealogy with the Power of Story
Tuesday, July 25
Breathe Life into Your Genealogy with the Power of Story  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer but you must Register
Presented by William E. "Bill" Cole
Breathe Life into Your Genealogy with the Power of Story - Have you shared your genealogical research findings’ excitement and observed glazed-over eyes? Unfortunately, that happens more than we care to admit. Even though our research contains facts and dates, its real value is passing along the stories of our ancestors’ lives! That is precisely why storytelling is such an important genealogical skill. It is vital to engage your audience.
To get others interested in the field or specifically in your genealogy, this presentation introduces an easy-to-use five-part checklist. It helps you uncover, craft, and deliver powerful stories that impact and delight others as you breathe life into your genealogy with the power of story.
Bill Cole's passion for genealogy and family history began at an early age. Born on his grandfather Cole's 78th birthday, he has vigorously pursued his family history since 1980. His genealogy exploits include being the first person to document the English ancestors of his immigrant eighth great grandparents and added more generations into the late 15th Century. He has uncovered ancestors born at sea, a shipwrecked rogue who survived Jamestown, two Mayflower ancestors, multiple Revolutionary War patriots on both sides, and other fascinating characters – including one involved in a California stagecoach robbery.
Bill Cole is a member of the Mayflower Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogy Society, California Genealogical Society, Downey Historical Society, Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society, Surry County Genealogical Society, and the Sacramento German Genealogical Society where he served six years as vice president. He also co-chaired the International German Genealogy Conferences held in Minneapolis in 2017 and in Sacramento in 2019. In business, Bill Cole is an internationally respected trainer, keynote speaker, and executive coach. His presentations have taken him to North, Central, and South America, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and England.

“Carmichael’s Bookstore:  Building Community One Page at a Time”
Tuesday, August 22
“Carmichael’s Bookstore: Building Community One Page at a Time”  (Program)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by:  Mirandra Blankenship
Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville's oldest bookstore, is celebrating 45 years in business in 2023. Co-owner Miranda Blankenship, daughter of the original owners Carol Besse and Michael Boggs, will share the story of how this small family business has survived, thrived and helped keep Louisville weird. As the store's mission statement reads, "Carmichael's mission is to serve our community through a love of books. To provide a sanctuary for those who share a passion and knowledge of books on diverse subjects and to provide reading and literacy support for everyone in our community. To be a destination for those who love small, locally owned bookstores and who strive to support locally owned businesses."
Miranda Blankenship is a graduate of Guilford College and, along with her cousin, Kelly Estep, co-owns Carmichael's Bookstore and Carmichael's Kids. She lives in Louisville, KY with her family.