Genealogical researchers travel across the country to attend seminars to learn more about how to better trace their families. We are very blessed in this area to have some very active genealogy societies who bring in interesting speakers. Members of these local groups are also talented speakers on their own subjects. A plus for attending these workshops is meeting others who are also researching their families and sharing can lead to new friendships and unexpected knowledge. Take advantage of these programs to further advance your research skills.

Due to the Fourth of July falling on the first Thursday of the month, there will be no meeting of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society in July.

• The Kentucky Genealogical Society’s Second Saturday Program will be July 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gail Jackson Miller is a professional genealogist, teacher, writer, and lecturer specializing in Kentucky and Tennessee. Her first session is “Analysis and persistence: A Case Study in Using Kentucky Records.” Miller will discuss going beyond the compact family group sheet to help bring down brick walls with a variety of other records. Engaging in a careful analysis of records and persistence in examining the details can further research. The second session is “Getting Hitched and Unhitched in Kentucky: Marriage and Divorce Records Reveal More than Dates.” Discussion will include learning what records exist, what they contain, what laws governed their creation, and where to find them. The meeting will be held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY. Preregistration is required, and non-members of the Society will pay a $5 fee (cash or check) at the door. An email is requested in case of cancellation of the meeting. To register go online at

• The Louisville Genealogical Society (LGS) remains a very active group and presents many workshops at various venues that are of interest to researchers on both sides of the river. LGS will host “Your Genealogy Legacy – Organization and Preservation” workshop on July 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and again that day from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nancy Roberson will discuss what precautions are in place to preserve your research in the event of a natural disaster or a computer crash. Internet access is available for notebook or laptop. The meeting will be held at Bon Air Regional Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville. All are welcome to attend.

• There is a date change for the DNA Special Interest Group normally hosted by LGS the first Thursday of the month. Due to the holiday, the group will meet on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Floyd County Public Library, 180 W Spring St., in New Albany.

• “Getting Acquainted with AncestryDNA 2019 – Your Test Results & the Tools You Can Use” workshop will be presented by Debra Renard at the Louisville Genealogical Society meeting on July 23. Debra is one of the instructors for the DNA Special Interest Group. Her presentation has just been updated to include the recent changes made by AncestryDNA. The meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1000 South Hurstbourne Parkway (at Linn Station Road), in Louisville.

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 email or postal address so you can be contacted by someone interested in your family. Submit queries to: Vicky Zuverink at