Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

2011 Meeting Highlights

Photos by Kitty Allen (bottom row) and Tom Beatty
December 2011: Our annual Holiday Memories meeting was held at the historic home of Harold Dean Jessie. Built in 1880, the home features large rooms with warm and festive decorations. Among the most notable attributes are the original stained glass windows in the living room's bay window and a fireplace that was featured in a recent issue of a well-known magazine. Our members enjoyed a tour of the home and took the opportunity to share personal stories from holidays past.

Photos by Tom Beatty
November 2011: SCGS member Ben Calvert talked about the Lindsay Cemetery restoration project that he completed earlier this year. Lindsay's Station was located near Stamping Ground in the late 1700s. The Lindsay Cemetery is located near the original site of the station. Anthony Lindsay (1767-1831), Calvert's fourth-great grandfather, was proprietor of the station; his grave marker is shown above. Calvert described his efforts to restore the eleven marked graves; many of the stones were broken and in need of repair. At right, SCGS Vice-President Nancy Giles presented an SCGS mug to Calvert.

Photos by Tom Beatty
October 2011: SCGS member Ron Vance talked about the early 1800s migration of Scott County's Johnson family to Mississippi and Arkansas in his presentation titled, "Scott Countians in the Mississippi Delta." Vance discussed the Johnson, Payne, and Ward families and explained how they acquired their wealth in the years between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. At right, SCGS Vice-President Nancy Giles presented the highly desired SCGS mug to Vance.

Photos by Tom Beatty (top left), Kitty Allen (top right), and Glen Taul (bottom).
September 2011: In his presentation titled, "My Sixth Great Grandmother: A Surprising Story," Dr. Glen Taul discussed his research that took him to England in search of the facts about his ancestor, Mary Tall, who was exiled to the American colonies for committing a crime. The bottom photo shows a portion of the English court ruling pronouncing her sentence.

Photos by Kitty Allen
July 2011: Guest speaker Nancy Waters Lauer presented our program titled, "12 Sons Named George, Naming Conventions of Our Ancestors." Lauer is an accomplished speaker and author who attends various regional and national genealogical conferences each year. She is scheduled to speak at the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Springfield, Illinois in September.

PowerPointŪ graphic by Tom Beatty. Photos by Tom Beatty (lower left) and Kitty Allen (lower center). Vintage photos provided by Woody Antle.
June 2011: SCGS member Woody Antle presented this month's program titled, "Finding My Half-Sister," a summary of the research he conducted to locate a sibling from his father's first marriage. Antle's research involved census searching, ordering vital records, trips to cemeteries, and oral interviews. As a result of his efforts, Antle was reunited with his half-sister and niece earlier this year.

Photos by Tom Beatty
May 2011: Nancy Giles spoke to our group about the newly-organized photo archive at the Georgetown & Scott County Museum. Giles has been involved with photo restoration and archiving for many years, and recently volunteered to help the museum catalog and archive thousands of photographs that have been collected since its opening. Giles developed a searchable database that tracks each photo and provides information about content, physical characteristics, and donor information. She also showed examples of improperly mounted photographs and ephemera, including a 1984 Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) charter (lower right) that has faded due to sunlight exposure.

PowerPointŪ graphic by Tom Beatty. Photos by Kitty Allen.
April 2011: RootsTech 2011, a new genealogy-technology conference, was held in Salt Lake City in February 2011. SCGS president Tom Beatty attended the conference, and at this month's meeting he presented a PowerPointŪ presentation on the conference highlights and some of the interesting sessions held during the conference. Beatty also spoke about the growth of technology in family history research, and demonstrated the Flip-PalŪ scanner which was marketed during RootsTech.

PowerPointŪ graphic (left) by Joe Hardesty. Photos by Tom Beatty (center) and Kitty Allen (right).
March 2011: At left, Joe Hardesty, Kentucky History and Genealogical Librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library, spoke to our group about the resources available at LFPL for family history researchers. Hardesty also presented information about Dr. William Loftus Sutton, a Scott County native, and his efforts to establish a vital records program in Kentucky. Dr. Sutton was also the founder of the Kentucky Medical Society in 1851. Right, Hardesty received an SCGS mug from President Tom Beatty.

Photos by Kitty Allen (top, lower left, lower right) and Tom Beatty (lower center).
February 2011: Our program for this month was "Show and Tell," in which members brought items or stories from their past or their ancestors' past to share. Among the items displayed were a pencil sketch of Susan George's Revolutionary War ancestor; a leather glove that Tom Beatty's father wore as a child; a glass dish that had belonged to Sarah Baston's relative; and photos documenting a family cemetery renovation project organized by Ben Calvert.

Photos by Tom Beatty (top and lower left) and Kitty Allen (lower right).
January 2011: Johnna Waldon, Assistant Manager of the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, spoke to our group about the genealogy and technology resources of the Lexington Public Library system. She outlined the capabilities of Northside's Digital Studio and reviewed the genealogy resources available at the Library's downtown Lexington location.