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

Using Find-a-Grave and Billion Graves in Your Research – Eden and Liam Thies

Using Find-a-Grave and Billion Graves can add much useful and often hard to find information to your family tree. This class will help you know how to use the websites and what information is stored there.

Eden Thiess is a Junior at South Oldham High School and is involved in many volunteer service organizations and leadership organizations in the community and at her school. She loves music and is an accomplished pianist. She’s been involved in family history research for over five years and helps others with this research as well.

Liam is a Freshman at South Oldham High School and is on the Cross-Country, Swimming and Track team. He completed his Eagle Scout project in November, 2016, and will be getting his Eagle Scout award soon. He has been involved in family history research for over three years and has found hundred of family names.

Genealogical Gems of the Louisville Free Public Library – Joe Hardesty

It’s true! Online users of the Louisville Free Public Library can access a wealth of genealogical information; however, much information remains in book and microfilm format…,information that can help break down a genealogical brick wall. Luckily, one of the best Genealogical Collections in Kentucky is just a few miles away!

Joe Hardesty—Born and Raised in Louisville, Joe Hardesty began researching his family history in the mid 1980’s–long before the Internet! With the help of patient and kind librarians however, he has been successful in tracing numerous family lines back to their European origins. In 1997 he was promoted to work in the Kentucky History and Genealogical section of the Louisville Free Public Library. In 2003, the library recognized his as an asset to the library and it’s users and made it possible for him to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science which he complete in 2006. Since 2008, Joe has been the librarian of the Kentucky History and Genealogy section for the library-the largest collection housed in a public library in Kentucky! Most recently (Feb., 2012) he earned a certificate in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and is currently the first in Kentucky with this credential (hopefully he won’t be the last). He has attended numerous genealogy workshops over the years and has presented at several state and regional conferences. In short, the man teaches a lot!!

Getting Acquainted with Ancestry DNA – Debra Smith Renard

Thinking about testing at Ancestry DNA? Waiting for result? Come learn about what those results will include and what they mean. Become familiar with the tools the site provides and get the most out of it for your family history.

Debra Smith Renard is a genealogical research and lecturer and the founder of Eureka! Genealogy. She specializes in genetic genealogy, being a co-founder and co-leader of the Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group. She is a current board member of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and the Louisville Genealogical Society, the Treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and First Families of Ohio. She is also a staff genealogist for the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Debra speaks at the local, regional and national levels and is especially passionate about helping those with unknown birth families find their roots.

Reading and Understanding Handwriting in Old Spanish Records (Taught in Spanish) – Julio Perez

The purpose of this class is to help you read and understand handwriting found in Latin American Christening Records. This class will help you learn how to identify important elements of old records to help advance your family tree research.

Julio Perez is from Puebla, Mexico. He has been working on his own family history for 25 years. He has accumulated more than 6000 names in his family history research.

Attaching Indexing Records to Family Search – Jim Denninghoff

This class will teach how to attach an indexing resource record to a name in Family Search. Also, how to create source reference records and include birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial, census, obituary, immigration, draft registration and other indexing resources. It will also be discussed why there are different results in searching the displayed Research Help suggestions and the Search Records results. This class will cover 2 time slots.

Jim Denninghoff has been doing genealogical research for over 49 years. He has taught genealogical classes for beginners and intermediate level groups. With his 50 plus years in the computer field, he was quick to utilize those skills when the PC based programs first arrived. His skills are in how to use the LDS Family Search system and get the most out of the existing tool sets offered. His home genealogy database is in the Roots Magic program He is currently working on the Personal History Program.