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May 4, 2015

DNA 101 Talk on May 20


There were 34 folks who attended my "DNA 101" presentation at the New Albany-Floyd County, Indiana, Public Library on April 20. It was a terrific turnout and everyone seemed to be engaged and interested, including several eighth-graders who were there.


I will be presenting again on May 20 to the Ohio Valley Celtic Society, based in Madison. Program starts at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Family Winery on Second Street. 


This will be a whittled-down version of the 90-minute presentation I gave in Madison, Ind., last month. 


Trimble County Public Library


Also last month, I gave two one-hour presentations on "Finding Your Civil War Soldier" at the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford, Kentucky. That's a topic near and dear to my heart, as it was learning about my great-grandfather Josiah P. Hackett that got me started in genealogy in the first place. 


He served in the U.S. 17th Infantry, Co. A, and fought at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg during his first tour. He later joined the 30th Michigan Infantry and was stationed at Detroit, where he met my great-grandmother Emma Hill, whom he described once as "the prettiest girl in the 10th Ward."

This is Josiah and Emma standing in front of their home in Corunna, Mich., probably in 1913 or so. Emma Hackett died of stomach cancer in 1915.


The group at TCPL was great in both sessions. In the morning, there were several homeschoolers and they seemed really interested in learning about the Civil War. It may be the first time they ever thought about the fact that they may have had ancestors who fought in that war. I know that this is what makes history so much more interesting –– when you can tie it into your own family history. It just seems to come to life.


I was told by one of the librarians that the kids went back to the computers and actually found records after my talk. 


Cave City Symposium


So, in August I have been booked to give the DNA presentation as well as a presentation on preserving photographs. That will be fun. I took an online class with photo expert Maureen Taylor a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I'm going to have to really study what she taught us, so I can teach it to others. 


This will be at a symposium sponsored by the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky, near Mammoth Cave, on Aug. 22. More information will be published here closer to that date.


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