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Saturday, September 14
KGS Second Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
PRESENTER: Professional genealogist Betty L. Warrena native-born Hoosier with deep Bluegrass ancestral roots. She has been researching her own family history for more than four decades and assisted her cousin by compiling and contributing data on her own particular branch for publication in the Kendall family history book. She does volunteer genealogical research work at her local genealogy library with the Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, Indiana. Having completed professional genealogist certification courses with Brigham Young University in 1991, Betty established her own family history and genealogical research business, Be it Remembered.
Finding the Family Farm
The search for the 50-acre farm started with the will of George Admire, dated 1804, leaving the "land whereon I now live, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Williams to her and her heirs forever" in Henry County, Ky. The estate settlement showed a cash settlement to Williams and wife Sally but no land transfer. Present-day family members wanted to know where the 50 acres was and what had happened to it. The 50 acres was "found" through an intensive search of tax lists, deeds, original surveys, land grants, maps, and atlases. Using the DeedMapper™ software program, I was able to assemble and plat the data, then determine the current property owner and place the 50 acres on a present-day map of Oldham County, Ky.  
Rectangular Land Survey: A detailed description of the section-township-range survey system with practical applications
Many descendants of early Kentucky pioneers moved on into the NorthWest Territory and states further west. Most of those states used a survey method that uses principal meridians and base lines as the reference points involving the invisible latitude and longitude lines of a globe making a rectangular grid pattern. This rectangular survey system applies the basics of linear and angular measurement involving geometry and trigonometry in relationship to the compass points to determine the position of a tract of land. It sounds rather complicated, but it is really very simple!

Saturday, October 12
KGS 2nd Saturday Genealogy – SPECIAL PROGRAM & LOCATION  (Second Saturday)
NOTE CHANGE: Scott County Public Library, 104 S. Bradford Lane, Georgetown, Kentucky
2nd Saturday Genealogy will move this one day only to Scott County Public Library in Georgetown for a three-session program featuring Liz Stratton, PLCGS, a specialist in land records and estate research.
SESSION 1: Where There is a Will, There Is a Way
Estate settlement records often identify married names of daughters, confirm parentage, establish migrations, and more. Learn how to get the most from wills. Understand how county boundary changes might affect your research and how to find estate records. Discover effective ways to use online resources to find will and estate records.
SESSION 2: Family Matters in Researching Estates
Regional and historic variations in inheritance law had impacts on women’s and children’s inheritance rights. Use this information to put historic wills in context and discover more about your ancestors. Learn about guardianship records and what they reveal about ancestral families.
SESSION 3: Even If There Is No Will, There Is a Way!
Understand the estate settlement process and learn to research estates even if there was no will. Discover how court dockets can help you quickly locate ancestral records. Use estate records to estimate dates and discover relationships even when they are not directly stated.
About the Presenter:
Liz Stratton speaks on a variety of genealogical topics with emphasis on land and court records. Her article “Docket: The Court’s Index” appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine. She has written articles for the Butler County and Hamilton County, Ohio genealogical societies and is a copyeditor of NGS Magazine.
Liz holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She has attended numerous week-long genealogical institutes including “Law Libraries and Government Documents,” “Advanced Methodology,” “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists,” “Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation,” and “Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum.”
As the Administrative Course Manager of the National Genealogical Society, Liz mentors students taking online courses and works with the education committee to develop courses. She is a past-president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Virtual Chapter, having served on the board since 2015. Liz served on the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society (HCGS) Board (2010-2018). She was a GenProof mentor and ProGen coordinator.
NOTE: You are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. If you prefer, you'll have time to go to one of Georgetown's fast-food restaurants.

Saturday, November 9
KGS 2nd Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
Beginning and Extending Your Research of German Ancestry
Presenter – Kent Robinson, past president of the Indiana Chapter and immediate past National president of Palatines to America – German Genealogy Society. He has focused his research during the past 15 years on his mother's paternal ancestry in Germany, tracing them back to 1593.
Sessions – Two one-hour presentations will cover these resources and strategies:
  • Sources for discovering the name and location of the ancestral village
  • Introduction to the history and geography of Germany
  • A variety of items and terms that researchers will encounter
  • Record types, the info they include, and how to access them
  • Suggestions to make research of German records easier even if you do not know the German language