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Tuesday, August 9
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
In Person at 1000 S. Husrtbourne Parkway
Due to covid social distancing will be practiced in the sanctuary.
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 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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Sunday, September 4 through Sunday, September 11
LGS FALL TRIP  (Research Trip)
12:00 pm to 12:00 pm
Family History Center Salt Lake City, Utah
The Louisville Genealogical Society will be taking our annual fall trip to Salt Lake City, Utah to research at the Church of the Latter-Day Saints genealogy library. This is the largest genealogical library in the U.S.
We have rooms blocked at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 S. Temple, which is next to the library. The daily rate is $95.00 for a standard queen and $105.00 for a deluxe queen. These prices do not include taxes. All rooms have two queen beds.
Watch the LGS website for additional information as it becomes available. Members, as well as non-members, are welcome to join us. This trip is always exciting and fun. Everyone will have many opportunities for new research, usually leading to many success stories.
If you are uncertain about going and would like to talk to others who has gone in the past, please contact Susan and she will put you in touch.
Susan Snyder -Travel Chair

German Special Interest Group
Tuesday, September 6
German Special Interest Group  (SIG)
2:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer


August Meeting Postponed until September 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.

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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.

Locating Your Early Kentuckians Using Periodicals
Tuesday, September 27
Locating Your Early Kentuckians Using Periodicals  (Workshop)
1:00 pm
At home on your computer via Zoom Go to

Presented by Don Rightmyer


Locating Your Early Kentuckians Using Periodicals

What and where to find the family history materials you are seeking for your ancestors who may have passed through Kentucky. Don's presentation will discuss how to use genealogical periodicals to help you in your genealogy research efforts. During his time at the Kentucky Historical Society, Don was a regular presenter at what was called "Second Saturday) at KHS and presented over sixty genealogical/historical talks around the state and presented talks at several National Genealogical Society and Ohio Genealogical Society conferences.



Don Rightmyer

Don was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and lives in Danville.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and moved ten times in 20 years of military service before retiring back to the Bluegrass State.


Upon his return to Kentucky, Don attended graduate school in history at the University of Kentucky and then worked as the reference librarian at the Boyle County Public Library in Danville, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, and the Mercer County Public Library in Harrodsburg. His first job at Kentucky Historical Society was to handle all the long-distance research and reference requests and he finished his tenure there as editor of the Society's genealogy quarterly, Kentucky Ancestors. He edited and published a total of twenty-five issues of that periodical. (Digital copies of those periodicals can be found on the KHS website at 


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Finding Isaac Rogers
Tuesday, October 25
Finding Isaac Rogers  (Program)
1:00 pm
At home on your computer via Zoom: You MUST register. on link below.

Presented by Nicka Sewell-Smith


Finding Isaac Rogers -

Isaac Rogers was a well-known Cherokee Freedmen, U.S. Civil War veteran and Deputy Marshal, but who was he outside of those titles? This is the story of how traditional genealogy, oral history, and DNA collided to reveal his family origins, which include connections to Cherokee Nation leaders, stories of resilience during the Trail of Tears/forced removal, and the true story of life as people of African descent within an indigenous group.



Nicka Sewell-Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, consultant, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, and reverse genealogy, and is expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, and researching enslaved communities.


Nicka has diverse and varied experience in media with a background in audio, video, and written communications. She's appeared on TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC, was featured on an Emmy winning episode of the series Who Do You Think You Are, and has been interviewed by Oakland Tribune, The Undefeated, National Geographic, and TIME. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show with more than 125 episodes focused on people of color genealogy and family history.


She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, a member of two lineage societies (Sons and Daughters of the Middle Passage (SDUSMP), National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)), and a past board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC). Nicka served as the chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC, and is the former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth were taught the value of family history.


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