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Key Note Speaker – Dr. Tomas L. Owen

Tomas L OwenDr. Thomas L. Owen Louisville’s best-known historian and Archivist for Regional History in the Archives and Special Collections division at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Owen is a Professor of Libraries (Term) at the University of Louisville. Owen works to preserve and make available records that document the University’s history, as well as the history of the Louisville area.

Owen writes on history topics for area newspapers and magazines. He has written biographical sketches of the Kentucky Governors and an article on “Louisville” for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Tom produced a series of television sketches on local historical sites for public television and for many years produced “Sidewalks,” a weekly radio feature for WFPK-FM.

Tom Owen teaches state and local history in the classroom, in talks and workshops, and on walking, bike, bus and boat tours. He served as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has produced six videos in a series called “Tom Owen’s Louisville” on the history of neighborhood life in this region.

Indexing Genealogical Records – Paul and Cindy Nicholls

This class will teach basic indexing skills but will also teach some of the unique procedures that will make indexing easier. Indexing is fun! Come learn how to add information to the digital world so that others can find their lost relatives. Everyone can do a few names at a time adding to millions of new records and millions of new people found!!!

Cynthia Atkerson Nicholls was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama; joined the L.D.S. Church at sixteen and began doing her family history; graduated from Brigham Young University; served in the Lexington Kentucky Stake Family History Center for 10 years; received her Masters’ degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1999; was licensed in Kentucky as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in 2001; and is currently in private practice specializing in counseling abused women in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Paul Johnson Nicholls was born in Odgen, Utah; raised in Atlanta, Georgia; served in the West German Mission; graduated from Brigham Young University; received M.D. degree from Medical College of Georgia; worked for three years on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation; worked eighteen years as professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky; served in stake presidency of the Lexington, Kentucky Stake for 17 years; and is currently in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cynthia and Paul were married in the Manti Temple, have eight children and twenty-two grandchildren. They serve in the L.D.S. Family Services in the Lexington, Kentucky Stake and were called as Family History Advisors to the North American East Area in March, 2001.

Family Search-Beyond the Basics – Joseph Kraig (This will be a two part class)

This class will help users of FamilySearch/FamilyTree learn some of the programs unique capabilities beyond the basics. Many new options have been added to the programs and these will be explored.

Joseph Kraig is a native of Louisville but has lived in diverse locations Spain, Scotland, and Seattle, Washington, and Darian, Connecticut in the United States. Louisville has, however, always been the place to be. Joe’s roots start early in this country back to the 1600’s with ancestors that fought in the Revolution. Joe also has roots that go back to Germany. When Louisville was considered “THE” location for German families coming to the United States before the Civil War, his family got caught up in that struggle with his ancestor fighting in the Kentucky 5h for the Union.

Joe has attended several local schools and has several degrees including two in computer related sciences that are useful now in doing family history research. Until recently, Joe served as a Family History Center Librarian for nearly 20 years. He and his wife now serve in the LDS Area as Family History Advisors to leaders of the LDS Church in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Navigating the Sea of Lost Virginia Records – Anne Stokes Moore

This class will cover the early records of the Virginia Colony and where the records were located as the colony grew. If you have an ancestor who lived in this area during the formative years, then you will enjoy this genealogical journey.

Anne was born in the Appalachian foothills caught the genealogy and history bug from her family. Her preteen years were spent traipsing through rural Eastern Kentucky documenting forgotten cemeteries with her parents. She grew up in Louisville and after college, graduate opportunities were in France and at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and subsequently worked in California, Virginia, and Washington D.C. In 1997, she returned to Louisville after living in Southeast Virginia for 20 years – the locations she talks about today.

Anne is a retired educator. She is a genealogist and is currently pursuing publication of family and American history. She is a member of several lineage societies and president of a local group of Huguenot descendants. Last year, Anne was elected National Historian of Jamestowne Society. She works to document its history based on the ongoing archaeological discoveries at Jamestowne Island dated before 1624. She also leads tours of the Island thus spreading the word of our early Virginia heritage. In Louisville, she volunteers at the Sons of the American Revolution Library.

Researching Irish Ancestors – Pamela Lyons Brinegar

The Irish had a great influence on the American Culture. Many of us have someone Irish in our family tree. This class will help you locate these ancestors and learn how Irish records are unique.

Pamela Lyons Brinegar is a board-certified genealogist who specializes in Kentucky and African American research. Pam developed and taught for several years a popular eight-week family history course offered through he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kentucky. She is the recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment grant and a writing excellence award from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She is perhaps best characterized by a Louisa May Alcott line from the novel Work: “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her mind.”