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Thursday, April 5 through Thursday, May 10
Genealogy 101 – A Free 6-Week Starter Course  (Kentucky Seminars & Workshops)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Scott County Public Library, 104 South Bradford Lane, Georgetown, Kentucky

 

Interested in learning more about your ancestors but don't know where or how to begin? Afraid of what you might find if you go barking up the family tree? Stumped about how you're related to Cousin Harold?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to join genealogist Nancy Giles as she covers these topics and more in Genealogy 101, a free, six-week course held at the Scott County Public Library in Georgetown, beginning on April 5, 2018.

Among the topics Giles covers in the course are documenting family groups, extracting information from U.S. Censuses, the value of local newspaper articles and obituaries, and searching court records. She will cover immigration records and resources and provide handouts containing links to valuable online content. The course will wind up with a class devoted to Internet research. Genealogy 101 is an excellent first course in exploring your ancestry or a timely review for those already familiar with genealogical research.

Genealogy 101 is scheduled for six consecutive Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning in April 5, 2018. The class leader will be genealogist Nancy Giles.

To register for the course, call the Library at (502) 863-3566.

 



Friday, April 27 through Saturday, April 28
Virginia Genealogical Society Spring Conference  (Conferences & Seminars)
Richmond, Virginia
 
The Virginia Genealogical Society's annual spring conference is scheduled for April 27 and 28 April 2018. A pre-conference research day of guided research will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27 April, by experienced researchers at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Va. This event is free and open to the public.
 
The conference will be on Saturday, April 28, at the Four Points by Sheraton-Richmond Airport, 4700 S. Laburnum Ave. Attendees can choose from three lecture tracks: Finding Your Ancestors – Doing It Right the First Time, African-American Research, and Researching Presbyterians and Their Scottish Connections.
 
The registration fee, which includes a buffet lunch, is $44 for VGS members , $55 for others. After April 1, add $10. For details and registration, see www.vgs.org.
 


Saturday, April 28
Ohio Chapter, Palatines to America – Spring Seminar – German History and Records  (Conferences & Seminars)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City, Ohio
 
At this full-day seminar on “German History and Records," Roger P. Minert, PhD., AG, will present four sessions: A Genealogist's Outline of German History Since 1517, Residential Registration in Germany, German Census Records, and Communicating With Agencies and Individuals in Europe.
 
Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
Sponsor: Ohio Chapter Palatines to America, German Genealogy Society
Location: Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave. (U.S. Rte. 42),  Plain City, OH
More information: www.oh-palam.org

 


Saturday, April 28
Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting & Conference  (Conferences & Seminars)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
University Center North, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Indiana
 
 
Theme: From Albany to New Albany," with featured speaker Jane E. Wilcox of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Four sessions, plus one concurrent session per hour on other topics.
 
Registration and details at http://www.indgensoc.org/conference.php.
 
 


Saturday, April 28
D.I.G. – DNA Interest Group @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 

Join the KHS Library staff over the next six months (February 24 - July 28) as we explore the wonders of DNA. Each 4th Saturday of the month, from 10:30-12:30, the staff will lead discussions on various DNA topics. The schedule will be posted online so interested persons can see which sessions they want to join. Bring along questions and experiences to share with the group.

 

The topic for this month: Using GEDmatch for additional analysis

People at all research levels are welcome – whether or not they have done DNA testing.

Seating is limited – so please register prior to the event!

Each DNA Interest Group session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 

For up-to-date information regarding these events, visit kentuckyancestors.org or send email to KGSrefdesk@ky.gov.




Thursday, May 3
Louisville Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group (SIG)  (Kentucky Seminars & Workshops)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bon Air Regional Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville, KY 40220
Presented by: Debra Renard and Deborah Campisano
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meets the first Thursday of every month. Activities include live and recorded presentations, sharing of family history discoveries, question and answer sessions about DNA test results, and discussion of the latest news in the world of genetic genealogy. We are also working through the recently released book, Genetic Genealogy in Practice together. This book is available online from the National Genealogical Society, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/. Bring your computer, your book, your questions and your lunch!
Louisville Genealogical Society 
https://kylgs.org/eventListings.php?nm=34
 


Saturday, May 26
D.I.G. – DNA Interest Group @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601

 

Join the KHS Library staff over the next six months (February 24 - July 28) to explore the wonders of DNA. Each 4th Saturday of the month, from 10:30-12:30, the staff will lead discussions on various DNA topics. The schedule will be posted online so interested persons can see which sessions they want to join. Bring along questions and experiences to share with the group.

 

The topic this month: Looking at match positions.

People at all research levels are welcome – whether or not they have done DNA testing.

Seating is limited – so please register prior to the event!

Each DNA Interest Group session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 

For up-to-date information regarding these events, visit kentuckyancestors.org or send email to KGSrefdesk@ky.gov.

 

 




Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9
Owsley Family Historical Society Biannual Meeting  (Conferences & Seminars)
Hilton Garden Inn West/Cedar Bluff, 216 Peregrine Way, Knoxville, Tennessee
 
All Housley, Ousley, and Owsley descendants, in-laws and friends are welcome to sign up for this event, starting with a dessert social Thursday evening for getting acquainted and sharing photos, new genealogical finds, and family stories. Activities will include speakers with presentations of interest as well as new DNA discoveries; a tour of a local historic site; and time to use the local East Tennessee Historical Society's McClung Collection.

For information and updates, check http://owsleyfamily.tripod.com/ofhs-meeting-2018.html

For information by email or phone, contact Bill Gann or Gary Toms at ofhsmeeting@gmail.com or call 816-478-1295.  

To make lodging reservations, call Hilton Garden Inn West/Cedar Bluff at 865-690-6511.


Thursday, June 7
Louisville Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group (SIG)  (Kentucky Seminars & Workshops)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bon Air Regional Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville, KY 40220
Presented by: Debra Renard and Deborah Campisano
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meets the first Thursday of every month. Activities include live and recorded presentations, sharing of family history discoveries, question and answer sessions about DNA test results, and discussion of the latest news in the world of genetic genealogy. We are also working through the recently released book, Genetic Genealogy in Practice together. This book is available online from the National Genealogical Society, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/. Bring your computer, your book, your questions and your lunch!
Louisville Genealogical Society 
https://kylgs.org/eventListings.php?nm=34
 


Saturday, June 23
D.I.G. – DNA Interest Group @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org

 

Join our Library staff for the next 6 months (February 24-July 28) as we explore the wonders of DNA! Each 4th Saturday of the month, from 10:30-12:30, we will join for discussion about DNA. Various topics will be assigned each month – so look at the upcoming dates to see which ones you would like to join. Bring along your questions and experiences to share with the group.

This month, our topic will be: Making contact with cousin matches

All research levels welcome – whether you have tested or not – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Seating is limited – so please register prior to the event!

Each DNA Interest Group session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 

 



Saturday, June 30
Genealogy Tea & Sympathy @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 




Saturday, July 21
Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall  (KHS Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join us for a full day of Kentucky genealogy activities:

  • Witness Kentucky family mysteries solved by the experts, filmed before a live studio audience
  • Get information from Kentucky genealogy groups and experts at the Genealogy Expo
  • Visit the Genealogy Makerspace:  A vendor/exhibit area filled with hands-on learning stations that allow you to engage with staff and create genealogy related items
  • Learn about genealogy tips and tricks at the Demo Stage

Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall is an annual genealogy event of the Kentucky Historical Society. In 2018, it will take place on July 21 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. 

 



Saturday, July 28
D.I.G. – DNA Interest Group @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org

 

Join our Library staff for the next 6 months (February 24-July 28) as we explore the wonders of DNA! Each 4th Saturday of the month, from 10:30-12:30, we will join for discussion about DNA. Various topics will be assigned each month – so look at the upcoming dates to see which ones you would like to join. Bring along your questions and experiences to share with the group.

This month, our topic will be: Review and experiences roundup – goals for going forward (Watch for 2019 schedule)

All research levels welcome – whether you have tested or not – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Seating is limited – so please register prior to the event!

Each DNA Interest Group session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 

 




Friday, August 3
Library Late Night: Extended Research  (KHS Events)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
 
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org

Always running out of research time? The Martin F. Schmidt Research Library will be open for extended hours on Friday August 3rd, from 5-9pm! Spend an evening researching your ancestors in Kentucky’s largest genealogy library! Our holdings span all of Kentucky’s 120 counties and include published works; archival records such as manuscripts, photographs, maps, atlases; oral history interviews; and microfilm.

Cost: $8 for KHS members OR $10 for non-members (general admission not required for the evening hours, but may be required if you arrive for research during regular open hours of 10-5.) Payment taken on-site that evening; No pre-registration necessary. For more information: 502-564-1792 x.4460 or khsrefdesk@ky.gov 




Saturday, September 22
Workshop: Family History Writing and Publishing Part I  (KHS Events)
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join KHS staff as they take you through a Family History Writing and Publishing Boot Camp! This event is part one of a 2 part series designed to guide you through the steps of sharing your family history for future generations. Part I (all day) will cover intense lessons on writing your family narrative – establishing focus, readability/story flow, supporting details and citations. As part of this day, we will also advise on digitizing supplemental content, copyright, and the various ways you can publish what you write. At the end of the class, you will be equipped with the knowledge and abilities to start your publication journey. For Part II (afternoon only) on November 3rd, we will meet to discuss your writings as produced over the past month, and work with you on publishing a product to have ready for sharing with family in time for the Holidays!

Part I event runs from 10:30am-12:30pm AND 2-4pm. Cost: $24 for KHS members OR $30 + $8 general admission for non-members. Part II (November 3rd, 2-4:30pm) is a separate event with its own fee, but a package discount would apply if purchasing both events. (Package Cost for both Parts I & II: $35 for KHS Members OR $55 for Non-Members) Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 502-564-1792 x.4408. For more information: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 



Saturday, September 29
Genealogy Tea & Sympathy @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 




Saturday, October 6
Getting Started with Genealogy--Registration Required  (KHS Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Make 2018 the year you begin your genealogy journey! Connecting to our ancestors is an amazing experience – and while the research can feel daunting, this workshop will get you started on a firm foundation.

We will cover the basics such as: 

  • Research strategies
  • Online resources
  • Offline resources (libraries/archives)
  • Family interviews/artifacts
  • Family tree software
  • Using fundamental records (census, vital statistics, marriage, probate)
  • Organization/storage and sharing with family
  • Further educational resources to guide you on your way!

This workshop is $8 for KHS members OR $10 + $8 general admission for non-members. Seating is limited – pre-registration is required. To register, please call 502-564-1792 x.4408 For more information: ksrefdesk@ky.gov 



Saturday, October 27
Piecing Together History: Family Bible Records  (KHS Events)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join us in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library for a Piecing Together History open house (10am-5pm) – focusing on Family Bible Records! Did you know that the Kentucky Historical Society has one of the largest family Bible collections in the state? These Family Bibles can be located throughout the library and archival storage, including:

  • Over 200 original Family Bible Records in archival storage with some images online at kyhistory.com
  • An eleven volume set of photocopied records contributed by past library patrons
  • Additional copies of Family Bible Records in our surname vertical files and within local published histories
  • Transcribed Bible Records in print editions of Kentucky Ancestors and The Register

Throughout the day you will be able to view the original Bible Records, explore the other holdings, and help research the families listed. Plus – if you have a Family Bible in your collection which contains family/genealogy information, please consider bringing it along to have digitized! The images scanned that day will be shared with other researchers through our Digital Collections Catalog.

This event is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. No registration necessary. For more information: 502-564-1792 x.4460 or khsrefdesk@ky.gov 




Saturday, November 3
Workshop: Family History Writing and Publishing Part II  (KHS Events)
2:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join KHS staff as they take you through a Family History Writing and Publishing Boot Camp! This event is part one of a 2 part series designed to guide you through the steps of sharing your family history for future generations. Part I (all day) will cover intense lessons on writing your family narrative – establishing focus, readability/story flow, supporting details and citations. As part of this day, we will also advise on digitizing supplemental content, copyright, and the various ways you can publish what you write. At the end of the class, you will be equipped with the knowledge and abilities to start your publication journey. For Part II (afternoon only) on November 3rd, we will meet to discuss your writings as produced over the past month, and work with you on publishing a product to have ready for sharing with family in time for the Holidays!

Part I event runs from 10:30am-12:30pm AND 2-4pm. Cost: $24 for KHS members OR $30 + $8 general admission for non-members. Part II (November 3rd, 2-4:30pm) is a separate event with its own fee, but a package discount would apply if purchasing both events. (Package Cost for both Parts I & II: $35 for KHS Members OR $55 for Non-Members) Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 502-564-1792 x.4408. For more information: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 




Saturday, December 29
Genealogy Tea & Sympathy @ Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort KY 40601
For up-to-date information reguarding these events, including fees and registration, please visit the events page at: KentuckyAncestors.org
 

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov