Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

2012 Meeting Highlights

Photos by Tom Beatty
December 2012: At our meeting this month we installed the officers for 2013. They include Nancy Giles, President; Tom Beatty, Vice President; Carol Adams, Secretary; Sarah Baston, Treasurer; Ron Vance, Recording Secretary; and Kitty Allen, Historian and Newsletter Editor. We celebrated Christmas with our annual Holiday Memories program. Members recalled holiday events and fond memories from their childhoods. At left, Ellie Caroland shared two books she had written about her parents. Ben Calvert recalled day-long Christmas gatherings spent at his grandparents' home. Penny Gift, center, displayed a necklace passed down through her family. Kenny Roseberry spoke of a desk that she received one Christmas in the 1930s; the desk still occupies a space in her home. At right, Susan George assisted Penny Gift in displaying a quilt that Gift made for her niece.

PowerPoint® graphic by Cheri Daniels. Photos by Tom Beatty and Kitty Allen (lower right).
November 2012: Cheri Daniels, senior librarian and reference specialist at the Kentucky Historical Society, was our guest speaker this month. Her program, "Embracing the New Frontier: How Technology is Changing the Way We Climb Our Family Tree," presented many online resources that are available to family historians. She provided a handout listing these important resources, and encouraged members to explore the many technology initiatives that that are available to us. Cheri also talked about her experience attending RootsTech, a genealogy-technology conference held in Salt Lake City in February 2012.

PowerPoint® graphic by Tom Beatty. Photos by Tom Beatty and Kitty Allen (lower right).
October 2012: This month's program, "War of 1812 Records," was presented by SCGS members Janet Freeman and Nancy Giles. Janet gave a brief overview of the war from its origin to conclusion, and Nancy followed up with a list of records available online from sources such as FamilySearch®, the National Archives,®, and Fold3®. Nancy also stressed the value of searching soldiers' pension files for dates and relatives' names, and the value of land patents in providing an ownership trail of real estate. She also talked about the value of Ohio records because that state was a gateway for western expansion. And our meeting would not be complete without the presentation of the highly-coveted SCGS mug which is presented to our guest speakers.

PowerPoint® graphic by Ernie Stamper. Photos by Tom Beatty (top) and Kitty Allen (bottom).
September 2012: SCGS member Ernie Stamper presented our September program titled, "Camera and Scanner--Your Partners in Research." Stamper showed several photos that he has studied in his family history research. He showed an aging technique that confirmed several pictures were of the same ancestor. Stamper also talked about the value of taking photographs to family reunions and gatherings where relatives who see the pictures can often provide missing details about the people and places shown in the images.

Photos by Kitty Allen. PowerPoint® graphic by Tom Beatty.
July 2012: SCGS President Tom Beatty and Vice-President Nancy Giles presented a program titled, "Indexing the 1940 Census." Since the 1940 Census was released in early April 2012, people all over the world have been helping to index the data so that it can be searched online. The purpose of this program was to encourage members to join the indexing effort. Beatty and Giles showed members how to index and explained the ins and outs of the FamilySearch® software. As of late July 2012, indexing the 1940 Census was over 98 percent complete.

Photos by Kitty Allen (top and bottom right) and Tom Beatty. PowerPoint® image provided by Cath Madden Trindle.
June 2012: SCGS Vice-President Nancy Giles presented a program titled, "But..It's My Family: Copyright Issues for the 21st Century Genealogical Community." The presentation was prepared by Cath Madden Trindle, a colleague and friend of Giles, and was presented with her permission. Topics such as public domain, fair use, and trademarks were explained, and Giles stressed the importance of obtaining copyright clearances. Following the meeting, SCGS members talked informally about their research initiatives. And of course the meeting wouldn't be complete without the presentation of the coveted SCGS mug!

Photos by Kitty Allen (left) and Tom Beatty (right)
May 2012: Instead of a formal program this month, we held a scanning workshop so members could copy and preserve their priceless family photographs and documents, and save them as digital images. Normal paper-based photographs fade over time, even if stored in the most ideal conditions. By creating digital copies that are not susceptible to damage by light, moisture, or other forms of environmental impact, the images can survive decades longer. Three scanning stations were available to help people with the preservation project.

Photos by Kitty Allen
April 2012: Tom Beatty presented this month's program, "Using Webinars as a Genealogy Resource." He discussed the origin of webinars, how they're used in various industries, and how genealogy content providers have embraced this form of technology. Beatty also highlighted several sources for webinars and showed examples available for live viewing and download. At right, Nancy giles presented the coveted SCGS mug to Tom.

Photos by Tom Beatty (top row) and Kitty Allen (bottom row)
March 2012: "Genealogy Show-and-Tell" was our March 2012 program. Members brought artifacts from past generations to share with others. Clockwise from upper left, Ron Vance displayed a local folk art painting from the early days of Scott County; Penny Gift shared newspaper clippings detailing a coal mining accident that claimed the life of a relative; and Martha Sageser displayed an old doll trunk that had been used to store personal notes and letters. Tom Beatty talked about a shaving mug that had belonged to his grandfather, a native of Lee County in southeastern Kentucky; Kenny Roseberry discussed a powder horn (inset) that had belonged to a Shropshire ancestor; and Sarah Baston displayed childrens' books written in German that have been passed down through her family.

Photos by Tom Beatty
February 2012: Our guest speaker this month was Shirl Marks who talked about her experiences in researching the family histories of several residents of Stonetown, a small community near Stamping Ground. Marks discussed the various places she visited in her quest including the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort and the Filson Club in Louisville. Many of the residents of Stonetown and surrounding communities were involved in the migration of African-American families to Nicodemus, Kansas, in the 1870s.

Photos by Tom Beatty
January 2012: Kentucky author Arnold Taylor spoke to our group about court cases in the 1800s involving slaves who sued for their freedom. Taylor has written two books on the subject, "Rose, a Woman of Colour: A Slave's Struggle for Freedom in the Courts of Kentucky;" and "Suing for Freedom in Kentucky." He spoke about the court process in 19th Century Kentucky, and the uphill struggle slaves faced in trying to win their freedom. In an interesting turn of events, Taylor actually met descendents of Rose Gatliff, the subject of his first book.