Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

2019 Meeting Highlights

Photos by Tom Beatty
November 2019: This was our final meeting of the year, and we had some housekeeping matters to address. We had a brief update on the Bible Project; it looks like we'll not make our December deadline, but we're making progress and are looking at an early 2020 release date. One project that needs to be completed is a review of the society's bylaws, and a committee was formed to start work on that project soon. We had our election of officers for 2020. Frances McGraw will take the helm as our President; Tiffany Logan will serve as Vice-President and Assistant Newsletter Editor; Nikki Chowning remains as Secreatry; and Tom Beatty will serve as Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. Following the business meeting, the members worked again on the Jo Thiessen genealogy collection, a decades-long project that documented many Scott County families. In the composite photo above (L-R), Nikki Chowning, Frances McGraw, Tori Lantrip, Anissa Penn Davis, and Tiffany Logan sort and consolidate Thiessen records.

Photos by Tom Beatty (left) and a Friend (right)
October 2019: October provideed two great workshop opportunities. On October 12th our society joined with the Kentucky Genealogical Society and the Scott County Public Library to host Liz Stratton who provided three great lectures concerning wills and estate records. Stratton explained the estate settlement process and the documents that should be searched to determine the distribution of the assets of the decedent. Through the use of case studies, she stressed the need to “read between the lines” for information that might have a bearing on the estate. This was a great program and attended by over 50 genealogists from central Kentucky. The following week several of our members went to Louisville to attend the Louisville Genealogical Society's annual seminar. Their speaker was CeCe Moore, one of the preeminent DNA experts. Moore covered genetic DNA basics and explained her methods to help solve over 50 cold cases across the United States using genetic genealogy. It was a rare opportunity to attend two back-to-back seminars featuring professional genealogists.

Photos by Tom Beatty (left, center) and Anissa Davis(right)
September 2019: Sarah Baston presented a program titled, “An Interesting Family Scandal.” An article in the March 15, 1916 Georgetown Times told of a lawsuit filed in Fayette County Court by M. A. Baston against a “James McLaughlin...alleging alienation of his (Baston’s) wife’s affection. Through the use of census information and family lore, Sarah was able to provide a timeline of family marriages, divorces, relocations, and household makeup to piece together an interesting story that would eventually include a murder that was never prosecuted. Sarah’s program served as a reminder that many of us encounter interesting stories involving our ancestors, and those stories can provide a glimpse into the lives they led.

Photos by an Unknown Conference Attendee (left) and Tom Beatty (right)
August 2019: Our society doesn't have a regularly scheduled meeting in August, but SCGS members normally attend the Kentucky Genealogical Society's annual conference held in Frankfort. In the left photo above are, front row, Nancy Giles, Doris Reed, and Tiffany Logan. Back row, Janet Freeman, Frances McGraw, Jan Wilkins, Tom Beatty, Anissa Davis, and Sarah Baston. In the right photo, Anissa Davis and Tiffany Logan pause for a photo with conference presenter Blaine Bettinger.

Photos by Tom Beatty
July 2019: Our July meeting found us returning to the Jo Thiessen genealogy collection to continue our efforts to sort and catalog the records compiled on many Scott County families. At left, Penny Gift and Doris Reed remove duplicate forms and records. Center, Anissa Penn Davis and Tori Lantrip decide what goes and what stays in the collection. Right, Tiffany Logan and Sarah Baston prepare family files. During our group project, someone found an old $5 bill among the papers which we donated to the Friends of the Library.

Photo and Graphic by Tom Beatty
June 2019: At our June meeting we had a round table discussion on current topics in genealogy. Our members had a lot to say, both positive and negative, about one of the go-to genealogy websites, Find A Grave. Although many of us favored the look and feel of the original website design, we like the fact that it is still a free resource (unlike other ventures). Among the other topics we discussed at the meeting included online family trees, the unintended benefits of DNA research, and the value of genealogy-related groups on Facebook.

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May 2019: For our May meeting, we watched a video from the Genealogy TV YouTube Channel, a great collection of programs that touch on almost every aspect of genealogy. Connie Knox brings her background in family history to the screen for everyone to learn. We watched, "DNA Strategies the Pros Use." Connie focused on the role of DNA testing in genealogy research. Following the video we had a great discussion about DNA and heard from one of our members who explained an adoption mystery that had occurred in her family. This was one of our best meetings for members sharing their experiences and knowledge.

Photos by Tom Beatty (left, center) and Nikki Chowning, right)
April 2019: In her first trip to the podium as a program presenter, Frances McGraw’s topic was, "Breaking Through My Brick Wall." In researching a patriot for her DAR certification, Frances was troubled by a possible Boone connection. Using the ThruLines platform, Frances hoped to connect her DNA to a Boone descendant through her paternal line. Unfortunately, ThruLines sent her in the wrong direction at first, but she did discover a connection through her maternal line that led to a Dinah Boone, so her research was not in vain.

Photos by Tom Beatty
March 2019: Our March meeting was our annual Genealogy Show-and-Tell session. We had a record turnout and were treated to a great selection of family heirlooms. Among the items shared by our members were World War II artifacts; a child’s christening dress; a teacher's certificate from the 1930s; and an old fragile photo album containing tintypes and other century-old images. We also saw an example of a glass plate photograph; an old alcohol lamp; a fraternity pin belonging to a great-great grandfather; a family album documenting homes where ancestors lived; pictures documenting the restoration of a carousel horse; family photos showing of several generations of a family; and a book documenting the life of a Civil War ancestor. Over the years, our Show-and-Tell meetings have been quite popular, but this one was perhaps the best.

Photos by Tom Beatty
February 2019: This month we welcomed Cynthia Maharrey as our guest speaker. Cynthia is a professional genealogist who specializes in deed, tax list, and vital records research. Her program was titled, "Discovering African Americans in Records Prior to 1870," and her outline covered free persons of color, Reconstruction-era records, and enslaved persons. Cynthia discussed many sources of records that we had never considered and encouraged us to search online and print resources. Her visuals were full of examples of records that would be beneficial in African American research. This was one of the most informative programs that we've had the pleasure to experience.