June 19 & 20, 2020 | Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center

2020 Elliott County Historical Society Genealogy Conference

The 2020 Elliott County Historical Society Genealogy Conference is set for June 19 & 20, 2020 at the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center. This years Presenters will be James Prichard, Peggy Clemens Lauritzen and Johnna Waldon.
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2020 Elliott County Historical Society Genealogy Conference

Time & Location

June 19 & 20, 2020
Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center, Sandy Hook, KY 41171, USA

About the Event

2020 Elliott County Historical Society Genealogy Conference Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00pm Saturday, June 20, 2020 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Elliott County Historical Society is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 2020 Elliott County Historical Society Genealogy Conference at the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center Friday June 19, 2020 beginning at 6:00pm and Saturday, June 20, 2020 with registration beginning at 8:30am and the Conference will start 9:00am and ending at 3:00pm.  Registration fee is $20.00 per person and lunch will be provided. To Pre-Register please send check or money order payable to the Elliott County Historical Society, PO Box 873, Sandy Hook, KY 41171.  If you wish to pay using PayPal please send your email to elliottcohistory@gmail.com so we can send you an invoice.  Registration forms can be downloaded at https://sites.google.com/site/elliottcountyhistoricalsociety/2018-elliott-county-historical-society-genealogy-conference-3 .

We are very pleased to announce our presenters:

 Mr. James M. Prichard will be returning this year with a presentation to yet be announced. Mr. Prichard wrote the article about the Regulators in “The History of Elliott County, Kentucky 1869-1990 Volume II. Mr. James M. Prichard, a native of Dayton, Ohio received a B.A. and M.A. in History from Wright State University. He has written numerous articles to Civil War Times, North and South and True West magazines. In addition to co-authoring a history of the 10th, (Mays) Ky. Cavalry, C.S.A., he has contributed to the Kentucky Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Louisville, Biographical Dictionary of the Union and other scholarly texts. He was the Research Room Supervisor for more than 25 years at the KY Department for Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. He currently works in the Special Collections Dept. of the Filson Historical Society in Louisville. Here is a link to Mr. Prichard’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/jamesmprichard

Johnna Waldon is an Assistant Branch Manager at the Tates Creek Branch Library of the Lexington Public Library. She offers several genealogy programs throughout the year and through the Lexington Public Library provides Book-A-Librarian appointments to help customers with their research one-on-one. Johnna has been researching her Dingus and Dotson family hard-core since 2006. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society (www.kygs.org) and serves on the board of the Lexington History Museum. As of the Spring 2018 semester, Johnna is a co-instructor for “Genealogy Services in Libraries”, a 16-week online course at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (bctcs.edu) for library staff. Johnna will be presenting two presentations:

Finding Family History Using Newspapers Newspapers contain a wealth of family history. Learn how to find and access newspapers and tips for searching like a pro. For adults and teens.

 Cemetery Symbolism Ever walked through a cemetery and wondered what that engraving on the headstone meant? Headstones can tell us so much about our ancestors. Join Johnna Waldon to learn about the various types of headstone and the symbols engraved on them.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen,  was involved in genealogy before she was even born.  The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach.  The love of her family’s history has never left her.  With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life.  Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies.  She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com, is an instructor at Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University, and served as an Ambassador for RootsTech2016-2017.  Read her genealogy columns at Reminisce Magazine, and you will discover why she was given the honor of 2018 Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society.  To read more about Peggy and to see a list of her presentations visit her page: http://misspeggy55.weebly.com/

Peggy will be presenting two presentations:

 *Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate 

Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers.  Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry. Summary:  Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history.  Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research.

Ticked Off!  Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks 

Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees.  Just what do they mean, and how can they help me?  Summary:  It’s exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond.  Are they throwing us into a dead end, or can they tell us more?  This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania. 

The Little Sandy Lodge located just 3 miles from the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center has rooms available for the weekend of the Conference call 606-738-5515 to reserve your room. The Little Sandy Lodge will be offering 10% discount to all Conference Attendees. We will be posting the agenda for the conference very soon! Any questions please call 606-794-2183 or email the Elliott County Historical Society at ellliottcountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com. Thanks, Anita Skaggs

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