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German Special Interest Group Is Postponed This November
Tuesday, December 6
German Special Interest Group Is Postponed This November  (SIG)
2:00 pm
Postponed For November


November Meeting Postponed until December 06, 2022


Nancy Simmons Roberson -

John Bondurant -

 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:


“Louisville Dulcimer Society Performance”
Tuesday, December 13
“Louisville Dulcimer Society Performance”  (Program)
12:00 pm
Holiday Luncheon at Big Spring Country Club - Registration Required
Thank you for all the early registrants. We got 56.
The luncheon menu this year is:
Turkey with Gravy and Stuffing, Maker’s Mark Pork Tenderloin,
 Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Fresh Fruit,
Tossed Salad, Rolls, Bread Pudding, Coffee, Tea or Water
 ($28 Price includes tax and gratuities.)
Presented by: Louisville Dulcimer Society
We have been lucky to secure the Louisville Dulcimer Society to perform at our December luncheon.
Louisville Dulcimer Society
The Louisville Dulcimer Society is dedicated to the preservation of traditional American folk music and the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer, which may have strong connections to Kentucky.  The beautiful sounds of the dulcimer and the various accompanying instruments will be demonstrated and their origins explained by the Dulcimer Society performers and their program director, Pat Zimmerman.  (Pat is also a long-time member of Louisville Genealogical Society.)  These performers will entertain and enlighten us about the origin of their instruments and the type of music normally played on them.  Following their presentation, the audience will be given the opportunity to sing along with the performers as they play holiday music familiar to us all.
To Reister for the Holiday Luncheon click on the link below and fill out the form and pay with you credit card:

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
“The Surprising Origin and Consequences of Redlining  (Program)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.

The Surprising Origin and Consequences of Redlining
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
The Surprising Origin and Consequences of Redlining  (Program)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  Bill Wilson
The presentation today will review the events which led to the development of the FHA in 1934 and the extensive project of producing Residential Security Maps by this segment of government. The results eventually affected all communities in America. We will explore the emergence of redlining, some of the lasting effects on western suburbs of Louisville and how detrimental effects persist.
Bill Wilson is an eighth generation Kentuckian who has always lived in the Louisville area.  Bill has a B.S. and J.D. degree from the University of Louisville.  He has practiced law for over thirty years.  Since 2016, Bill has worked for several non-profit organizations.  He is presently the Louisville Project Manager for Hand in Hand Ministries.   Bill and his wife, Karen (Powell) have four adult children and three grandchildren.  The couple presently reside in the Tighe House in New Albany, Indiana, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Your LGS Website: More Than You Can Imagine!
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Your LGS Website: More Than You Can Imagine!  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.but you must register.
Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson
As a member of the Louisville Genealogical Society, you have access to our webpage powered by EasyNetSites. This workshop will demonstrate how to navigate the tools on the LGS website and how to access valuable genealogical information from the home page and behind our member wall.
You will learn how to access many of the features.
  • LGS Newsletters
  • Upcoming LGS Events
  • Collection of excellent genealogical websites
  • Member surnames
  • LGS Store
  • Handouts from past programs and workshops!
You will learn how to use your member Login to access information behind the member wall and how to deal with Login problems.
  • Your personal profile
  • Your membership information
  • Your surnames you are researching 
  • LGS membership directory
  • LGS board minutes
  • LGS By-Laws
  • LGS quarterly, Lines and By Lines, 1986-2022
To register click on the link below and fill in the registration.

The Heroic Life of Elisha Green
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
The Heroic Life of Elisha Green  (Program)
1:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  Randy Runyon
On June 8, 1883, Rev. Elisha Green was traveling by train from Maysville to Paris, Kentucky. At Millersburg, about forty students from the Millersburg Female College crowded onto the train, accompanied by their music teacher, Frank L. Bristow, and the college president, George T. Gould. Gould grabbed the reverend by the shoulder and ordered him to give up his seat. When Green refused, Bristow and Gould assaulted him until the conductor intervened and ordered the assailants to stop or he would throw them off of the train. Friends advised Green to take legal action, and he did, winning his case against his assailants in March 1884, though with only token compensation. The significance of this case lies not only in the prevailing justice of the 1800s, but also in the fact that a black man won a lawsuit against two white men.
Randy Runyon, originally from Maysville, Kentucky, taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for 35 years, and now lives in Paris, Kentucky. Three of his books on Kentucky history have been published by the University Press of Kentucky: Delia Webster and the Underground Railroad; The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky; and The Assault on Elisha Green: Race and Religion in a Kentucky Community.

Immigration: Ports of Entry
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Immigration: Ports of Entry  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.You must register
Presented by Christine Cohen
About 47 million people immigrated to the US between 1607 and 1990 and about 70% entered through the Port of New York. However, you need to consider a broader search in all ports, such as Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Providence. Also, an entry through Canada and Mexico, should be researched. We will review the websites and resources to locate clues to these entry ports such as State Censuses, Voter Registrations, WWI Draft registrations, and Passport Applications. 
To register click on the link below and fill in the registration.

Alma Lesch Textile Design
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Alma Lesch Textile Design  (Program)
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  Dennis Shaffner
Alma Lesch received her B.S. degree at Murray State University in 1941 as an Elementary Teacher.  After retirement she pursued Art Classes at the University of Louisville and by 1961 she was teaching textiles at The Louisville School of Art.  She earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Louisville in 1962 and taught Fine Arts from 1975 – 1982.
Lesch re-invented "embroidery" and published her experience in dyeing wool and cotton yarn with natural plant dyestuffs, in Vegetable Dyeing (Watson-Guptil, 1970) Lesch's art was donated from the artist's estate in 2001 and is housed in the U of L Hite Art Library.
The Alma Wallace Lesch Memorial Award. established in 2001, is funded and awarded annually by the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Dennis Shaffner came to Kentucky from Pennsylvania to study art and earn a teaching certificate in Art at Morehead State University in 1971. Dennis discovered the textiles of Alma Lesch at Berea and at the Guild Gallery in Lexington, and then taught art at the high school in Shepherdsville, Alma Lesch's hometown. Dennis believes that Alma's visit to the Art Club in Shepherdsville motivated the principal to hire a staff of five certified Art Specialists. He eventually earned his Master's in Secondary Education under Alma Lesch, then adjunct professor at U of L, during her last year of teaching.
Their studio time permitted a close 2-way friendship in the creation of their textile design work. Currently Dennis is the Superintendent of the Fine Arts Department at the Kentucky State Fair.

Scotch - Irish, Who are They and How Do We Find Them?
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Scotch - Irish, Who are They and How Do We Find Them?  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer. You must register

Presented by Derek Blount



Scotch - Irish, Who are They and How Do We Find Them? - Who are they, where did they come from and where can you find records after the 1922 PRO fire erased 700 years of records?



Derek J. Blount is a professional genealogist with his own business, “Lost Branches”.

He has worked for 34 years on his family genealogy traveling America, Canada and

United Kingdom gathering records, visiting cemeteries and churches. Derek was born

in England and specializes in research in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth

nations. He holds a B.S. degree from Oakland University and has completed course

work at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg. He has lectured on numerous

genealogy subjects for the past eight years to many genealogical societies. Derek also holds memberships in the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan and the Welsh-American Genealogical Society. He holds memberships in the Association of Genealogical Professionals and the Society of Genealogists in London.


To register click on the link below and fill in the registration.