2014 Genealogy Day at the Library Program Schedule

Main Library, Saturday, April 26, 9:30am - 4:30pm

9:30 – 9:45: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:45 – 10:30: Keynote - Kentucky Libraries: Where Family History Meets Kentucky History - Wayne Onkst, State Librarian and Commissioner of Kentucky


10:45 – 12:00: The Spirits of Your Ancestors: The role of the Bourbon industry in Kentucky - Mike Veach

The making of bourbon helped many Kentucky families survive during times of hardship. Learn how your ancestors contributed to this important Kentucky industry.

10:45 – 12:00: Research at the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives - Walter Bowman, Research Room Supervisor

The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives is the official repository of record for over 100,000 cubic feet of documents and 65,000 rolls of microfilm pertaining to all aspects of life for Kentuckians – not to mention digital records. Want to learn more? Attend this seminar.

10:45 – 12:00: Introduction to Genealogy Research - Joe Hardesty, MLS, PLCGS, Kentucky History and Genealogy Librarian, LFPL

New and experienced genealogists alike will learn the fundamentals necessary for making family history research fun and rewarding. Class Handout (pdf)

10:45 – 12:00: Dancing With Your Family Skeletons - Susan Covey

Cases of divorce, suicide, illegitimacy, insanity, and criminal activity do shake the ancestral tree! Stories about black sheep kin add color, intrigue, and interest to your family history. Learn how to research skeletons hiding in the genealogy closet by using common and unique sources. Class Handout (pdf)

12:00 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:30: Using DNA in Genealogy: Three Approaches - Mel Arnold

The use of DNA as a research tool in genealogy has grown rapidly since it’s commercial introduction by Family Tree in 1999. Through DNA, many have been able to confirm their previous findings; discover relatives or find a more productive approach for doing their family research. This session will help you understand the pro’s and con’s of using this “new” science. Class Handout (pdf)

1:30 – 2:30: FamilySearch.org I - Nancy Roberson, President of the Louisville Genealogical Society, Louisville, Kentucky.

FamilySearch.org is the name of a website where you can search for records and discover how to be a better researcher.  It was created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is available free of cost to users around the world. Learn to navigate this site to enhance your research. Class Handout (pdf)

1:30 – 2:30: Migration Routes into Kentucky - Don Rightmyer

Learn about the migration routes (Ohio River and the Wilderness Trail) and the settlement patterns into Kentucky. Class Handout (pdf)


2:45 – 3:45: Researching Your Northern Kentucky Ancestors - Elaine Kuhn, Kenton County Public Library

Learn about the many Northern Kentucky genealogical and local history resources available for searching. Class Handout (pdf)

2:45 – 3:45: FamilySearch.org II, Nancy Roberson, President of the Louisville Genealogical Society, Louisville, Kentucky.

Now that you know how to navigate FamilySearch.org attend this session to learn how to search and find original records, how to search the FamilySearch.org catalog and order films and how to access and download books and periodicals. Class Handout (pdf)

2:45 – 3:45: Anatomy of a Fire: the Beverly Hills Supper Club - Ron Elliott

Author of Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire Ron Elliott presents the history of the fabulous night club located on the south bank of the Ohio River in Southgate. Kentucky from its days as an illegal gambling spot through the transition to a glamour spot and the catastrophic fire that took 167 lives on May 28, 1977.


4:00 - ??: Have a genealogy question? We have an answer. Have your questions answered by the Genealogy Day Panel: Joe Hardesty and other volunteer presenters.

Special Programs for Children and their Families!

In the Children’s Department on the First Floor

10:45 – 11:45AM: Family Ties: Join us for a special storytime celebrating families. Craft activity included. For children ages 3 to 8 and their families.

1:30 – 2:30PM: Make Your Own Family Crest - Colleen Wilson and Rae Ann Sauer,NSSAR

This workshop will explore the history of family crests as well as design their own family crest based on symbolism and their personal interests.  Attendees will get to take home their own family crest bookmark at the end!

Program Notes


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Last Updated: 4/28/14