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German Special Interest Group
Tuesday, June 7
German Special Interest Group  (SIG)
2:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer


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.

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“This Used To Be Louisville”
Tuesday, June 14
“This Used To Be Louisville”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
In Person - at the corner of 1000 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy and Linn Station Rd.
Presented by:  Kevin Gibson
Have you ever walked past a building or location in your city and thought, “I wonder what that used to be?” Well, if you live in Louisville, you’re about to get some answers to that question in This Used to Be Louisville.
From “the old Sears building” that continues to be used as a directional touchpoint to a downtown
theater that has been frozen in time, you’ll get a tour of these places paired with stories that will inform and sometimes surprise. In the process, it may just get you wondering about the many people a hundred years ago that traversed those places in a completely different context.
Local author Kevin Gibson turned his natural interest in comparing present to past into a book that
looks into a wide variety of locales that contribute to the city’s legacy. And when it’s all said and done, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of Louisville’s history and culture, from major historical landmarks to neighborhood businesses to the Louisvillians who made these places important.
Kevin Gibson has been a professional writer for more than three decades, having written about restaurants, beer, bourbon, sports, night life, music and plenty more. Growing up in the Louisville area, he became fascinated with local history and culture, right down to his own neighborhood of Clifton. When he’s not busy writing books about Louisville, he’s likely hanging out at a brewery with his hound dog, Atticus, or making homemade hot sauce with peppers from his garden.

Learn How to Write an Article for your Genealogical Quarterly
Tuesday, June 28
Learn How to Write an Article for your Genealogical Quarterly  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.


Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson


Learn How to Write an Article for your Genealogical Quarterly. It really is not that hard! Authoring an article for a genealogical quarterly can make you a better researcher. Writing down your findings allows you to organize your thoughts and preserves your family history for future generations. Writing is a natural part of the research process and is an excellent way to sharpen your skills. Writing can bring your ancestor's stories to life in a way that simply creating a family tree does not. Family trees are abstract. Stories add depth.


The workshop will discuss why you should submit an article, how to submit an article, criteria for drafting good articles, tips for writing a citation, and ideas that can prompt you into action!


Nancy Simmons Roberson is a Michigan native. She earned a B. A. Degree in education and did graduate work at Michigan State University. Nancy was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Bath Community Schools in Bath, Michigan. Nancy has over 40 years of genealogical research experience specializing in Midwest and New England research. She is a past president of the Louisville Genealogical Society and has taught internet genealogy classes at her church and various branches of the Louisville Public library. She is a member of the First Families of Ohio, the John Marshall DAR Chapter, and the Kentucky Mayflower Society.

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37th Anniversary Luncheon
Tuesday, July 12
37th Anniversary Luncheon  (Program)
12:00 pm
Woodhaven Country Club 7200 Woodhaven Road Louisville, Kentucky 40291
Louisville Genealogical Society’s
37th Anniversary Luncheon
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Woodhaven Country Club
7200 Woodhaven Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40291
Directions:  The country club is just a short distance from the intersection of Bardstown Road & Watterson Trail South.  From Bardstown Road turn onto Watterson Trail South (travel .4 miles).   After passing a church on your right, turn right onto Woodhaven Road (travel .2 miles) and Woodhaven Country Club is on the left.  There is a flat parking lot with easy access to a drive-thru portico at the main door that is just 10 feet from the Dining Room. 
            Anniversary Luncheon Progra
Prince Madoc presented by Lee Pennington
 Learn about Prince Madoc and King Arthur in America. (Bio and
                                                             Details on website.)
Luncheon Buffet Menu
Parmesan Chicken, Garlic & Rosemary Seared Pork Loin
Country Style Green Beans, Garlic Mashed Potatoes,
House Salad, Rolls, Brownies, and Unlimited Iced Tea and Water
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Or to pay by check download the registration for below,pay by check and mail to Maureen Fitzgerald.

Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece.
Tuesday, July 26
Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece.  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by Luana Darby


Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece

What do you need to look for once you have reached your brick wall? What is available and how do you find it? Learn how to think like a German and understand how to assess the needs of your German research to get the most out of it, from both sides of the ocean. You will understand how a typical German lived and made decisions. Our case study will show you step by step how to overcome a typical brick wall.


Luana Darby MLIS, AG, is a Salt Lake City-based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, LDS, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother’s knee while a young girl. She has been collaborating with clients for over 25 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association, a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is also a staff genealogist for Relative Race, a BYU TV reality show.

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Tuesday, August 9
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
To Be Determined
Presented by: Tim Tomes
Cataloging 200+ years of history is Tim Tomes (TOMS) job, and a welcome one. Since his appointment as Archivist of the Archdiocese of Louisville, which includes 110 parishes in 24 counties, Tomes has delved into this enormous cataloging endeavor of accumulated wealth including not just objects but a lot of history.  The archdiocese — as one of the original four in the United States — has played a pivotal role in the formation of American Catholicism. 
A driving factor to expand the Archives presence online is tied to the increased interest in genealogical research.  Family tree or full genealogical research is not provided, but there are years of sacramental data that can help connect the dots.  A new online form helps researchers streamline their request. Along this same line is a listing of external partners and resources for additional support.  
In the early days of the pandemic, work began to update the one-page Archives web page that had served as a temporary starting point. The new updates describe the purpose and mission of the Archives, which is “to collect, preserve, and maintain the papers and artifacts of the Archdiocese, her institutions, bishops/archbishops, priests, and deacons.” The new updates include the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center, a hidden gem located across Fifth Street from the Cathedral, displaying the crème de la crème of artifacts such as a lock of Bishop Flaget’s hair, an adding machine created by Monsignor Michael Bouchet, and a writing pen that belonged to Thomas Merton. Tour docents are there most Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Additional updates include a litany of “how tos” (1) how to submit a historical research request; (2) how to request a sacramental record; (3) how to donate archival material; and (4) how to support the Archives financially. You’ll also find policies on what they collect, what can be accessed, as well as publication permissions and copyright standards. 
“We have a rich history that deserves to be recorded, protected and shared,” said Tomes. With this Tomes is meeting a longstanding need among genealogists to have a procedure for accessing our historical church records. 
Tim Tomes says he always had a love for history. His particular interest in Kentucky’s Catholic history was piqued when he was giving tours of the Cathedral of the Assumption as a volunteer at The Cathedral Heritage Foundation. Tomes grew up in Lanesville, IN, where he was a member of St. Mary’s Church and at Holy Family Church in New Albany, IN., so he didn’t know much about Catholic history in Kentucky.  While attending Indiana University Southeast, he happened upon a course in Romanesque and Gothic architecture. 
The Cathedral of the Assumption was undergoing a major renovation process when, on June 28 of 1993, the foundation settled due to some excavation and a lengthy crack formed at the top of the Assumption window on the Cathedral’s rear wall.  Another crack formed on the north wall.  They both drew Tomes’ attention. 
“I was in college and was on my way to work at UPS when I heard about the crack so, given my interest in architecture, I stopped by to take a look.” He saw in a newsletter an ad calling for volunteers. “It said they were starting a tour program and I knew I needed to improve my public speaking skills,” Tomes said.  “I thought maybe being a docent would help.”  He eventually asked the Cathedral Heritage Foundation if they needed an intern, became a member of the Cathedral parish, and in time was hired by the foundation. In his current position as Archivist (since 2019), Tomes deals with the thousands and thousands of articles and items, perhaps tens of thousands, accumulated over 200 plus years.  It is his charge to catalog it all.  “I love my job, period,” he says. “I’m over the moon to be in this role. To have been on the perimeter for 25 years and to now be at the heart of it, I’m in heaven.” 

Kentucky World War II Military Records Research
Tuesday, August 23
Kentucky World War II Military Records Research  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by Walter Bowman



Kentucky World War II Military Records Research 

Tips for researching World War II Kentucky military records


Walter Bowman is a native of Virginia and a graduate of Berea College where he double majored in History and Education. He taught history at a military prep school before taking the position of Archivist at the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. After four years he left the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs to take a position as an archivist at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives where he was employed for 20 years, 12 of which he was the Research Room Supervisor.  In 2020 he returned to the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs as the archivist and lives in Lexington where he was a part-time staff member of the Lexington Public Library for 24 years working in the Libraries Kentucky Room.


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“The Southern Culture of Kentucky’s Shaker Villages”
Tuesday, September 13
“The Southern Culture of Kentucky’s Shaker Villages”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
To Be Determined
Presented by:  Tommy Hines
Kentucky’s Shaker villages, South Union and Pleasant Hill, drew converts from the South. Those converts brought their own well-established manners, customs, and cultural biases into environments and systems that had been designed by Shakers rooted in the Northeast. South Union, in particular, had a difficult time adapting and, consequently, created a material culture and maintained a folklife that was unique among Shaker villages. From the food they ate to the furniture they produced ...  from the way they spoke to the methods in which they constructed buildings ... the Kentucky Shakers were set apart from their northern counterparts. Their story is colorful, humorous, heart-breaking, and fascinating.
Tommy Hines, a native of Butler County, Kentucky, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Music Theory and Folk Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation.  He began his career at the South Union Shaker Village in 1986 as Executive Director and Curator.  Hines has served on the boards of a variety of organizations and has acted as consultant for restoration and interpretive projects at numerous historic sites and museums.  He has also presented on topics related to Southern material, culture and folklife at venues that include Frist Center for the Arts, Colonial Williamsburg, and for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. 
Hines has authored three award-winning exhibit catalogs, published articles in Antique Review and The Magazine Antiques, and contributed to other publications, including Shaker Communities in Kentucky (2006), Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture (2015), and Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790-1850 (2019).  In 2000 Kentucky’s Shaker Villages were awarded corporately the National Trust’s Award for Stewardship of Historic Sites. Hines received the Ida Lee Willis Service to Preservation Award from the Kentucky Heritage Council in 2001 and a National DAR Award for Service to Historic Preservation in 2010.  In 2018 South Union Shaker Village received the Edith Bingham Excellence in Preservation Education Award from Preservation Kentucky. Hines also received the Frank R. Levstik Award for Professional Service by the Kentucky Historical Society in 2020.