Upcoming Webinars

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Exploring the Kentucky Court System

Monday, October 3, 2022
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Our ancestors often used the judicial systems to resolve conflicts and make estate judgments. Finding court records for your family and neighbors can provide a wealth of information for your research. Understanding the arrangements of the court records of Kentucky can help you find the right documents and answers.

J. Mark Lowe has been researching families for more than 55 years. He grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky. He has traveled extensively in both states and enjoys sharing his love of genealogy and the joy of research with others including some historic reenacting.

As a researcher and lecturer, Lowe enjoys working with Genealogical groups and professional organizations. He was a former President of the of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies,
In the process of teaching others, Mark builds his own skills and insight for research. His experience as a Classroom Teacher, Principal and Professional Researcher provides a different perspective for each research problem.

Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee which lies in Northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences.

He is the Coordinator for the IGHR (GGS- Athens GA) Research in the South track, SLIG (UGA) Southern Research (mid-South, Gulf-South) and was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award by APG in 2007, and a Lifetime Membership Award in 2019..
Mark has published articles and reviews in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), SPEAK! (Genealogical Speakers Guild newsletter), The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), The North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Longhunter (Southern Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2, 1859-1873 and Pioneer Cemetery (Bowling Green, Ky.) He currently hosts a YouTube Channel.

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Gathering Family Stories and Pictures with Aimee Cross

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Sometimes we realize, once it is too late, we missed the opportunity to gather our family stories and pictures. Don’t let that happen in your family! This webinar will discuss strategies for successful oral history interviews, questions to spark meaningful conversations, as well as methods to preserve such interviews. Suggestions for handling family photographs will also be discussed briefly. Don’t wait until the opportunity has passed to learn about and preserve your family story.

Aimee Cross is a professional genealogist based in California who focuses on United States research. The love of genealogy instilled by both grandmothers has been a lifelong gift which she strives to share with others, most recently though her YouTube channel. With the opportunity to help clients overcome brick walls, handle inherited genealogy or simply build their family tree, she grateful for a rewarding profession. Helping others learn about their ancestors is fun!

Planning Genealogical Research

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. The thorough research required by the Genealogical Proof Standard should not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. This webinar provides useful tips on developing an effective research plan, including the importance of crafting a focused research question and prioritizing potentially relevant sources.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG, was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2016 and currently serves as President. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in October 2021. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement as a partner from the big four accounting firm of EY. She is most proud of her service on the staff of the bipartisan, bicameral, Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress where she helped to craft the historical Tax Reform Act of 1986. LaBrenda is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing. Her research centers on African American families that survived American slavery, primarily in the Carolinas. LaBrenda is the Registrar General for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States before 1870. To learn more about LaBrenda, visit www.labgarrettgenealogy.com.

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DNA Clustering: Automating Shared Matching

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
7:00 pm8:30 pm

This webinar will overview auto-clustering, by demonstrating how it is simply a more visual method of analyzing shared matches. After briefly overviewing the Shared Centimorgan (cM) Project, case studies will be used to show how auto-clustering can be used to analyze shared matches - the primary technique genealogists have used for years. Strategies to auto-cluster in the major platforms will be discussed.

The Society is happy to welcome back Alec Ferretti, who previously lectured on endogamy and DNA.

Alec Ferretti is a New York City based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net worth clients. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States. He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences. He serves as the president of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and serves actively on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies.

Registration fee is $15 for Non-Members

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Researching Kentucky Catholics

Thursday, November 10, 2022
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Tim Tomes joined the Archdiocese of Louisville as archivist in 2019. Prior to this appointment, Tomes served at the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, now the Center for Interfaith Relations, in the 1990s as a volunteer, intern and a staff member. He received the Award of Distinction from the Kentucky Historical Society in 2020, for leading the restoration and preservation of the 1824 painting of the Three Mary's by Lexington painter Matthew Harris Jouett and his assistant John Grimes. With no experience in this type of a project, he raised $80,000 through private donations and oversaw the art restoration of the the painting and frame.

The Archdiocese of Louisville is the oldest inland diocese in the United States. In 1808, four American Catholic diocese were created: Bardstown (KY), Boston (MA), New York (NY), and Philadelphia (PA). The diocese of Bardstown was then transferred to Louisville in 1841. Catholics began coming into Kentucky largely from Maryland in 1775, originally settling in what would become Washington, Nelson, and Marion Counties. This area would become known as the "Kentucky Holy Land." Catholics later spread throughout Western and Northern Kentucky.

Target Audience: Beginner to Advanced

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Kentucky's US Colored Troops Project

Monday, November 14, 2022
7:00 pm8:00 pm

During this presentation, Dan Gediman will share an overview of the Kentucky U.S. Colored Troops Project, its beginnings, and accomplishments to date. Denyce Peyton will share research the project team's done, key discoveries made, and how this work impacts the entire Kentucky genealogical community.

The past year has shown the work impacts much more than Kentucky U.S. Colored Troops soldiers and their possible descendants. The soldiers researched had relationships with enslavers prior to enlistment, and the research has uncovered interesting stories of the former enslavers and their families. This has become larger than a project solely focused on U.S. Colored Troops and is more a Kentucky genealogical story which demonstrates the soldiers and former enslavers provide a more comprehensive picture of Kentucky genealogy.

Do not bypass this presentation if you feel on the surface it is just an African-American focused story. Research examples will show the impact on a more diverse historic Kentucky demographic.

Dan Gediman is executive director of Reckoning Inc., a 501(c) nonprofit organization whose mission is to examine the legacy of slavery in America, and to create ways for communities to engage with this information through research projects, media productions, educational curricula, online content, and other means. He is also a public radio producer whose work has been featured on programs such as This American Life, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition

Denyce Porter Peyton is a professional genealogical researcher with over 25 years of experience. She is a long-time member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and state and county societies in Kentucky and Ohio. She has contributed research to an episode of Henry Louis Gate, Jr.'s PBS series "Finding Your Roots." Denyce is a Kentucky Genealogical Society member and co-chair of the nominating committee.

This webinar is free to attend.