Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

2018 Meeting Highlights

Photos by Tom Beatty
November 2018: This was our final meeting for 2018, and it was a productive one. Officers for 2019 were elected, and Nancy Giles returns as our President; Tom Beatty will serve as Vice-President replacing Sarah Baston; Nikki Chowning will remain as Secretary; and Penny Gift stays on as Treasurer. Our group project to sort and catalog the Jo Thiessen Genealogy Collection cleard the first hurdle by sorting through ten boxes of files and arranging them in alphabetical order that will enable our members to match files to surnames. At left, cousins Tiffany Logan and Anissa Davis sort through two boxes of records donated to the Scott County Public Library by the estate of Jo Thiessen. Center, Frances McGraw and Nikki Chowning examine details on numerous files to determine the surnames. And right, Sarah Baston, Ellie Caroland, and Barbara Knox examine files that were collected by Ms. Thiessen over 40 years of genealogical research. Also assisting in today's efforts were SCPL Librarian Kathy Vaughn-Lloyd, and SCGS members Nancy Giles and Tom Beatty.

Photos by Tom Beatty and Rick Johnston (bottom right)
October 2018: This month was our annual Historic Church and Cemetery tour which we co-sponsor with the Scott County Public Library. Over 40 people attended the event this year as we visited five Scott County churches. Our first stop was the Rosenwald School in Sadieville (shown above, top left) which was built to educate black students in the early 1900s. When the school was closed the school building was used as the fellowship hall for the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. The Beard Presbyterian Church dates from the 1880s, although its roots date back to the 1820s. The church has fallen on hard times (top right), but its adjacent cemetery (bottom left) is in active use and the home of hundreds of interments. After a brief stop at the site of the Elk Lick Particular Baptist Church, our group stopped for lunch at the Turkeyfoot Christian Church (bottom center). Ron Vance talked about the history of the church and its surrounding land. Our final two stops were at the Mount Gilead Methodist Church and the Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church (bottom right) near the Scott-Fayette County line. Over the years, our October field trips have been very rewarding.

Photo by Nikki Chowning
September 2018: We had a great turnout today for our meeting in the Scott County Public Library's Kentucky Room. Librarian Kathy Vaughn-Lloyd described the contents of the Thiessen Collection, a large group of records and research results donated to the Library by the estate of local genealogist Jo Thiessen. Our society will begin a project to catalog the collection and make it available to Library patrons researching local Scott County families.

Photo by a Friend of SCGS
August 2018: The annual Kentucky Genealogical Society canference was held in Frankfort on August 4, 2018, and several SCGS members attended the event. The speaker was well known certified genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren. Paula presented four interesting lectures that were well received by her audience.

Photos by Tom Beatty
July 2018: SCGS member Ellie Caroland (above left) presented a program titled, "A Mountain Man and the War Between the States," about her project to write a historical novel about her great-grandfather William Taylor Ware (1842-1924). Ware was living in what was western Virginia when he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861. Through years of research involving many historical resources, Caroland traced the life of her ancestor throughout the war...the battles he fought, the movement of his units, and his imprisonment in New York towards the war's end. She also talked briefly about the logistics of publishing her book. Following Ellie's program, SCGS member Ernie Stamper (above right) presented an update on the SCGS Bible Project which has been in the works for years. Ernie showed examples of the look and feel of the final product which will be published as an electronic edition. This was a very good meeting and members left with renewed enthusiasm that Bible Project will soon be a reality.

Photo by Tom Beatty
June 2018: The Scott County Genealogical Society co-sponsored the first annual African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky seminar held at the Scott County Public Library in Georgetown. The speaker for the event was the renowned author, genealogist and historian Angela Walton-Raji. Over 60 people attended the event. Ms. Walton-Raji covered four important topics during her presentation: Freedmen's Bureau Records; The Role of Women in War (Nurses, Matrons, Laundresses and Cooks); Benevolent Societies; and Native American and Black Relationships. Her presentations were factual and presented relevant background information to help attendees better understand what records are available and where they're located. Attendees enjoyed a catered continental breakfast and lunch during the event.

Images Provided by Nancy Giles
May 2018: SCGS member Nancy Giles presented a program titled, Finding Jacob: A 40-Year Quest. Throughout her years of genealogical research, Nancy has seen many brick walls pop up in her path. One such obstacle was with Jacob Frantz who was born in Alsace Lorraine in 1858 and came to the United States in the early 1890s. Nancy was able to track Jacob through several decile censuses; the 1930 census showed him as an inmate (resident) at the German Old People's Home (Altenheim) in Forest Park, IL. Through additional research, Nancy was able to contact the Altenheim and learn even more information about Jacob, especially his date of death and burial location. Through this example of locating Jacob, Nancy was able to put together pieces of his life and provide some closure on this long lost relative.

Photos by Tom Beatty
April 2018: For our April meeting we attended a seminar titled, "Digging Deeper with DNA," presented by Louisville resident Deborah Lord Campisano, and hosted by the Scott County Public Library. Deborah is well known for her presentations on various genealogy subjects throughout the state, and she didn't diapppoint those who attended this presentation. In the morning session, Deborah focused on things we should do while waiting to get our DNA results. She discussed the major companies providing DNA testing and covered basic terms that we will encounter as we study the results of our DNA tests. In the afternoon session, she talked about GEDmatch, a free online utility used to compare autosomal DNA files from the major testing companies. Although the testing companies provide lists of possible DNA matches, GEDmatch broadens the pool of candidates that might be related to researchers. Our society donated an Ancestry DNA testing kit as a door prize for the seminar, and the winner was Georgetown resident Frank Trebolo.

Photos by Tom Beatty
March 2018: Over the years, our March meeting has been Genealogy Show-And-Tell, members bringing artifacts and stories that have been handed down through their families over the generations. We had a great selection of things to see at this month's meeting. Sarah Baston shared a glass sugar bowl that had a story all its own regarding the original owner. Doris Reed shared an old perfume atomizer that dated from the early 1900s. Barbara Knox brought a Wallace Nutting print that she has always admired, and Jerry Bedford shared two magazines from Cincinnati publishers that featured profiles of two of his relatives. Nikki Chowning showed a portrait that will be the target of some future DNA research. Ellie Caroland shared picture from Ireland, appropriate since our meeting was on St. Patrick's Day, that documented her ancestors' church, and Tom Beatty brought his father's baby bowl that was over 100 years old. All in all, it was a great meeting that stressed how artifacts handed down through the generations help record the lives of our ancestors.

Photos by Tom Beatty
February 2018: Since February is Black History Month, we took a step back in time to the late 1800s when a small town in northwest Kansas was settled by a group of Scott County residents who headed west in search of a new frontier. Our guest speaker, Jerry Bedford, Jr., told the story of Nicodemus, Kansas. The town was founded in 1877 and saw some growth in the following years but soon started to decline as business ventures and farming were unsuccessful. Although several railroad companies expressed an interest in bringing the tracks through Nicodemus, none did. The railroad failure, combined with the Great Depression and the Dustbowl, halted growth which at one time was a beacon of hope. Jerry returns to Nicodemus annually to take part in the town homecomings that celebrate the people, the town, and the culture. Image
January 2018: We kicked off the new year by watching a video provided by YouTube® titled, "How to Preserve Old Letters." The video featured popular genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, assisted by Denise Levenick (also known as the Family Curator). They presented several tips, such as using a chronological filing system, preserving letters by reducing exposure to heat and light, and avoiding non-archival storage methods. Both Amy and Denise are well-known speakers and have presented at RootsTech and other national and regional conferences. Both speakers publish blogs; check here for Amy's blog and here for Denise's blog.