Louisville Genealogical Society – Family History Seminar & Book Fair
October 15, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
For a second time, the Louisville Genealogical Society will host Jesse James family historian and genealogist, Eric F. James, at its family history seminar and book fair.
Mr. James recently appeared before the Society to speak about his book, Jesse James Soul Liberty. He reported on the unique research methods the author used to discover and report long lost genealogy of the Jesse James.
The author also recently wrote about the formerly unknown and unrecognized kinship which Louisville’s most famous citizen, Muhammad Ali, shares with the Jesse James family. “The Heavyweight Ancestry of Muhammad Ali” revealed the famed boxer’s unusual and unique kinship that neither Ali or his family had known before.
Keynote speakers at this year’s seminar are Pam Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre. Their lecture topics include the following:
Investigating Your Ancestors
Everyone loves a good mystery, but not when the mystery is, “Who is my great – grandfather?” or “Where did he come from? He just showed up here.” Genealogists can use common techniques employed by criminal investigators to help solve the mysteries of lineage.
One expert defines a criminal investigation as “a thorough, objective search for truthful information,” and that should also describe a genealogist’s quest for the truth about his or her ancestors. Since every case and every family is different, there are no fixed rules for an investigation. However, a good family history researcher, like a good criminal investigator, proceeds in a systematic, organized way, analyzing and evaluating all the evidence, and building a truthful case. Sometimes there is not enough evidence to prove a case, and both the investigator and the family historian must be able to move on to another case or family line. This lecture points out criminal investigation techniques that can be employed by genealogists to effectively search for and identify ancestors, record evidence , analyze and draw accurate conclusions, and write comprehensive but concise reports.
Bounty Land Applications – Federal & Military
Bounty lands were awarded by the federal government from 1788 to 1855 to encourage and reward service in the military. Nine individual states (Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia) also awarded land as part of Revolutionary War compensation. Today more and more of these resources are available online and many records can be easily copied onto disk or digitized by the National Archives.
Mapping for Genealogists
If you want to learn practical applications for a variety of mapping tools (both online and software programs), this is the session for you. Learn about geography, from platting an individual piece of land, to identifying its location in a given area, to mapping an entire community. Learn how to identify the correct courthouse in a given era for the records you need, and how topographical maps can provide clues to ancestors’ occupations
Military Manuscript Collections
For our purposes manuscript collections refer to the unpublished (often handwritten) documents of the government, organizational records, and personal papers of both officials and private individuals. The range extends from the extensive correspondence files of the War Department to the diaries of individual soldiers and sailors. The genealogical applications are endless. These documents are many times the only original record or source of an event and frequently offer primary information about an event or fact. Records of birth, marriage, and death may be buried in these records and almost always these documents add context and substance to our ancestor’s lives.