News and Tribune

August 31, 2013


Local columnist

— The popular television show “Who Do You Think You Are” is currently airing on a new channel. The show has moved this season to TLC on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Celebrity guests are shown tracing their family trees with help from professionals. Comments are often made by family researchers that it seems too easy for the celebrities and what is presented in an hour program takes many, many hours to accomplish. Taking that into perspective, the stories are very good and feature some excellent research ideas. Shows that have already aired are available for viewing at Be sure to check local listings for air dates.

Dr. George K. Schweitzer, a nationally recognized genealogical speaker, will present his workshops at the Louisville Genealogical Society’s annual Family History Seminar and Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19. Dr. Schweitzer has authored more than 19 genealogical guide books and is well known for his period costumes, humor and fun lectures. His topics are “Tracing Ancestors Back Across the Atlantic”; “Migration Routes and Settlement Patterns”; “Frontier Religion and Its Genealogical Effects”; and “Obscure Genealogical Resources.” Each lecture is $10 and attendees may attend all for $35 (plus $5 registration fee) or choose and pay for each lecture individually. Other options are free classes, a vendor area, and a silent auction for only the $5 registration fee. These classes include “Native American Culture and Genealogy”; “Kentucky Research”; “Autosomal: The Most Recent DNA Test”; “Finding Irish Origins”; “Exploring”; “The City Directory: A Powerful Resource!”; “Grandma was NOT a Cherokee Princess”; “Your Computer: A Genealogy Toolbox”; and “Digital Photo Manipulation.”  Box lunches are available with pre-registration only and forms must be mailed before Sept. 28. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, Louisville. For more information and to find a registration form check

“Jeffersonville Public Library Genealogy Resources” will be the topic of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society meeting on Sept. 5. Allison Fredrickson, genealogy and local history librarian at Jeffersonville Township Public Library, will discuss that library’s Indiana Room collection. The meeting will be held at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library and will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

“Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods and Skills” will be presented by Debbie Mieszala on Sept. 21 at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. Topics include: “Digging Through Documents Word by Word”; Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research Resources, Methods and Skills”; and “Citing Your Sources.” The cost of the workshop is $20 and $16 for members of the Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio St., in Indianapolis. For more information call 317-232-1882 or visit the website at

NEW TO THE INDIANA ROOM OF THE NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – Herbarium of the Lewis & Clark Expedition by Gary E. Moulton; Ohio River Navigation: Past-Present-Future by United States Army Corps of Engineers; An Essay on the Life of Charles De Pauw; Davis Floyd and Southern Indiana at the Crossroads of America in the Early 1800s and Floyd’s Florida Connection by Bill Smith; Unbroken: With So Much Lost, a Spirit Remains by New Albany Tribune.


— Vicky Zuverink is a past president of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Queries are free and must include both a date to establish a time period and a location where the people lived. Please include your e-mail or postal address so you can be contacted by someone interested in your family. Submit queries to: Vicky Zuverink at