Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 15, 2007

Greenbo kicks off state ancestry research event

ARGILLITE — There’ll be more trees than usual at Greenbo Lake next week, so to speak.

Serious researchers and genealogy hobbyists alike will scan family trees and more March 23 to 24 as Greenbo Lake State Resort Park premiers a Kentucky Genealogy Weekend.

“This is the first of its kind, and our parks department is going to start it here as an annual event,” said Cary Lyle, park manager. “We’re going to host all the leaders in the field of genealogy, and it will be a first-class event.”

Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Genealogical Society are partners in the weekend event, officials said.

It will bring out experts on genealogy who will offer advice and tips on topics including research methods, land grants, military records and publishing family histories.

The program is the first of a series for Kentucky State Parks, Ron Bryant, state parks historian, said.

The weekend will begin the March 23 with registration, an “ask the experts” session and dinner.

At 7:30 p.m., Kandi Atkinson of the Secretary of State’s Office will discuss land grants and records, followed at 9 p.m. by Ron Elliot, an author who will talk about publishing family histories.

March 24 will feature Peggy Galloway of Danville, who will talk about “Family Skeletons and Their Place In Our Research;” James Prichard of the Kentucky State Archives, who will share his knowledge; and Chris Propes of Waveland Historic Site who will discuss researching family history through photographs.

Also speaking will be Anne Pennington, president of the Kentucky Genealogical Society; Mike Watson, editor of Bluegrass Roots; and Walter Bowman of the Kentucky State Library and Archives, who will discuss World War I military research.

To register for the weekend, call the park at (800) 325-0063. There is a $5 fee that can be paid upon arrival. Greenbo is also offering one- and two-night packages that include lodging and meals, which start at $91.80 a person for one night and three meals.

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