Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

2014 Meeting Highlights

Title slide (top left) courtesy of Anissa Penn Davis. Photos by Tom Beatty.
November 2014: SCGS member Anissa Penn Davis presented today's program on the Mayflower Society, a lineage society that promotes its members' connections to the Pilgrims that came to America in 1620 seeking religious freedom. She talked about the Society's origin in 1897, and the founding of the Kentucky Society of Mayflower Descendants in 1943. Kentucky's chapter has over 170 members, and is open to anyone who can provide evidence of his or her lineage to a Mayflower Pilgrim. She explained application procedures and provided handouts to guide future applicants. Davis is the author of The Penns of Scott County Kentucky: The Ancestors of Four Guys and a Gal, published in 2013. Her latest work, "Tracking Olive Tinsley: Documenting a Female in 1830s Kentucky," was recently selected by Kentucky Ancestors for its website's How-To article. Barbara Knox provided today's refreshments. Because of the upcoming holiday schedule, The Scott County Genealogical Society will not meet in December.

Title slide (top left) and photo (top right) courtesy of Nancy Giles. Photos (bottom) by Tom Beatty.
October 2014: Our October program titled, Newspaper Research: A Personal Journey, was presented by SCGS President Nancy Giles. Nancy talked about all the relatives she found through research of newspapers from her childhood hometown and other locations. She was able to find names, dates, relationships and other facts that helped her complete research on a family connection that that had long eluded her. Nancy talked about various newspaper features that helped her piece together her research such as obituaries, marriage announcements, family gathering notices, and probated wills. The information available in local newspapers is almost limitless, because so many things that happened to our ancestors were recorded and shared with friends and neighbors through daily and weekly periodicals. Nancy's program left us with the incentive to add historic newspapers to our list of research tools. Tom Beatty provided our refreshments for our meeting.

Title slide (left) courtesy of Photo (right) by Tom Beatty.
September 2014: In what turned out to be a beautiful “almost fall” morning, nine SCGS members attended our September meeting. After our business session, Tom Beatty facilitated a video titled, “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers,” presented by Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed. Fogarty presented a short history of newspapers in America, and talked about the many items of genealogical value available to anyone with the time to search the files. Part 2 of this video is available on the FamilySearch website. After the video, our members watched a hands-on demonstration of the new ScanPro 3000 Microfilm Scanner presented by our Library Liaison, Kathy Vaughn-Lloyd. Today's refreshments were provided by Ben Calvert.

Title slide (upper left) courtesy of Photos by Tom Beatty.
July 2014: Genealogists are always reminded to cite their sources when recording research findings. Those sources are very important as we attempt to prove our conclusions. At our July meeting we listened to a podcast about the Genealogical Proof Standard presented by Christine Rose (shown upper left). She discussed the five points of the proof standard, as well as the role of sources, information, evidence in reaching a conclusion. provides hundreds of free and helpful audio and video programs for genealogists; click here to see all they have to offer. Nicki Chowning and Nancy Giles provided today's refreshments.

Photos by Tom Beatty.
June 2014: Our June program on computer research was presented by Frankfort resident Myra Evans, the current state registrar for the Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Myra talked about some of her personal experiences in discovering relatives through traditional archival research as well as using online resources. She showed examples from the DAR website, and explained some "not-well-publicized search techniques for using, the LDS website. Myra also discussed Find A Grave, one of the most popular genealogical websites available on the Internet. She provided a handout that listed many free Internet websites that we can use in conducting our family research. Needless to say, Myra was thrilled to received the coveted SCGS coffee mug. Nancy Giles and Sarah Baston provided today's refreshments.

PowerPoint™ graphics by Tom Beatty. Photos by Nancy Giles (center) and Tom Beatty (right).
May 2014: Tom Beatty presented this month's program titled, Data Backup: How Important Are Your Genealogy Files? He discussed the need for data backups; what types of files need to be backed up; different backup tools; and using the power of the "cloud" for data backup. Beatty talked about several free cloud storage accounts and how they are used to store important data off-site, and make it available on different devices. SCGS member Ben Calvert (right photo) showed a copy of the May 2014 issue of Kentucky Explorer magazine that featured a copy of a family photo on the front cover. Today's refreshments were provided by Carol Adams.

Photos by Tom Beatty.
April 2014: It had been several years since we toured the Library's Kentucky Room to see the many additions and improvements to the genealogy resources. Librarian Kathy Vaughn-Lloyd volunteered to give us an update. She mentioned enhancements to the local historical files which should make them easier to find and use. Some files are now indexed which will also help researchers, and the Library staff plans to preserve the family files through a scanning initiative. The Library will soon be undergoing an expansion project, and although the plans have not been finalized, they hope to increase the computer resources and other technology enhancements in the Kentucky Room. Kathy also mentioned the Georgetown Main Street Project which will preserve photographs of many of Georgetown's old buildings.

Photos by Tom Beatty.
March 2014: It wouldn’t be March without our popular Genealogy Show-and-Tell program. Members share stories and artifacts relating to their ancestors. This month we learned about Ellie Caroland’s ancestor who served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Susan George (left) shared a cape that had belonged to her great-great-grandmother, and Carol Adams (center) told an interesting story about a quilt that has been in her family. Nancy Giles shared some obituaries from her hometown newspaper, and Ben Calvert warned us that what shows up in obituaries may not tell the whole story about a person’s life. Sarah Baston and Tom Beatty shared family photos, and Nikki Chowning showed us a letter that had been written by a relative during the closing days of the Civil War, as well as a Union Army discharge certificate (right). Ron Vance showed us some china that belonged to a friend who had lived with his family long ago. Jesse Rathbun showed us a new genealogy app for Android tablets that he uses in his family research, and Larry Hall brought a research manuscript about the Hall families of Central Kentucky that he is donating to the Scott County Public Library. Today's refreshments were provided by Ellie Caroland.

Photo (left) by Tom Beatty. PowerPoint slide courtesy of Photo (right) by Barbara Knox.
February 2014: Undeterred by an overnight snowfall, seven SCGS members braved the icy elements to attend our monthly meeting. February is Black History Month, so our program focused on where to locate records of antebellum and Civil War era slaves. We viewed a video titled, "Finding the Slave Generation," presented by Angela McComas of the Midwest Genealogy Center located at the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri. McComas mentioned many sources for slave records, including the National Archives, southern plantation records, military records, and the Freedmen's Bureau collection. Special slave schedules from the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses may give details about slaves including names of owners, the number of slaves, and locations of farms and plantations. Refreshments for the morning were provided by Nancy Giles.

PowerPoint slides (top left and center) courtesy of Photos by Tom Beatty
January 2014: To kick off the new year, we viewed a video titled, "Descendancy Research," provided by FamilySearch, and presented by Tim Bingaman. During the presentation, Bingaman mentioned that many people start their family research by going backwards; they start with themselves and their parents, then their grandparents, and so on. In descendancy research, you start with an ancestor and work forward, that is finding a relative's spouse, then their children, and their children's children. Along the way, you may discover contacts who have additional information about your family. has hundreds of videos that can be used by individuals and societies to learn more about genealogy and the resources that are available. Today’s refreshments were provided by Susan George.