Category Archives: 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Sessions

FamilySearch Wiki – Paul J and Cindy Nicholls

We will explore the FamilySearch WIKI.  We will learn from the wisdom of other genealogical searchers and find specific details on how to do research both on the web and in person.  We will see the sites that are free and some of the ones requiring money for use.  The presentation method will be to explore the wiki website and seek ways to use it for particular stone walls of research.  This will be a live demonstration of the site showing its application to specific stone walls and closed doors.  (Beginning and Intermediate)


Paul J Nicholls is a retired professor of Orthopedic  Surgery at the University of Kentucky and Cindy Nicholls is the mother of 8 and grandmother of 37.  Together they served as Area Advisers for Family History for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 10 years.  Together they have over 75 years of experience in doing family History and genealogical research.

Exploring City Directories – Deborah Campisano

Genealogists faced with tracing ancestors in cities large or small face a daunting task.  Often these same ancestors moved every few years to a different part of the city, rarely owned property, and never got a mention in the local newspapers.  There is one terrific source that could break through any number of genealogical road blocks – City Directories!  (Beginner, Intermediate)


Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA History), has over 35 years of genealogical research experience – 25 as a professional.  She completed genealogical course work at a number of institutes including IGHR, SLIG, GEN-Fed, and GRIP  and lectures on methodology at local, state and regional conferences. Deborah’s focus since 2014 has been genetic genealogy.  She is co-leader with colleague, Debra Smith Renard, of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.

U.S. Federal Census Records: What They Can Tell Us About Our Nation and Our Family – Joe Hardesty

By gaining an understanding of how the U.S. Federal Census developed and changed over time, attendees to this lecture will have a greater appreciation for the historical, social, economic and political context of one’s family at the time.


Joe Hardesty was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  He began researching his family history in the mid 1980’s—before internet!  With the help of patient and kind librarians however, he has been successful in tracing a number of family lines back to their roots in Colonial Maryland.  From 2008 to 2017, Joe had been the librarian of the Kentucky History and Genealogy Section for the Louisville Public Library.  In 2018, he became the Library Director for the Sons of the American Revolution Library—one of the finest genealogical libraries in the Mid-West – located in Louisville.

Joe earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2016 and in 2012 he earned a certificate in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto.  Joe is one of only a handful in the United States to hold this credential.  He has attended numerous genealogy workshops over the years and has presented at several state and regional conferences.

Genealogy through Photography: Exploring Family Photographs – Heather Potter

The Filson Historical Society located in Old Louisville has over 75,000 photographic items within its collection.  A large portion is comprised of local Louisville and Southern Indiana family photographs.  While you may be familiar with the Society’s genealogical resources many forget about their visual resources.  This class will give a tutorial on how to search the collection and some tips on how to preserve your own family photographs.  (All expertise levels)


Heather Potter is the Curator of Photographs and Prints at The Filson Historical Society, prior to this she was a Project Archivist at the Kentucky Historical Society.  She received her BA in History from Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, and MLS with an emphasis in Archives from Indiana University – Bloomington.