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Author's work a 'tremendous contribution'

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Steven Wright completes fifth volume of history reference books

By Celia McDonald

Congratulations to local author Steven L. Wright, who has added a fifth volume to his reference books on Kentucky and the Civil War. This is quite an achievement and represents an unimaginable amount of work, but Wright is a dedicated, focused researcher.

The following is from the Kentucky Historical Society’s Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 45, No. 2, “Book Notes.”

1865 Kentucky Soldiers and Their Regiments in the Civil War: Abstracted from the Pages of Contemporary Newspapers, Vol. V: 1865. By Steven L. Wright. (2010. pp. 286. Paper. $33.00. Five-volume set (covers 1861-65), $140. To order, contact Wright at 105 Livingood Lane, Hodgenville, KY 42748.)

Wright scoured the microfilm of major civil War era newspapers in Kentucky and nearby states and abstracted news reports about key events and people that affected Kentucky and the men of Kentucky who served during the war. The fifth volume, covering the final year of the war, uses newspapers from Louisville, Paris (Bourbon County), Frankfort and Nashville, Tenn.

The comprehensive index includes full names, places newspapers, and events (such as military executions that took place in Kentucky). With the author’s completion of this extensive research and writing effort by January 2010, any library of person interested in the Kentucky experience has been provided a tremendous resource to enhance family history and Kentucky historical research in the years of the Civil War sesquicentennial that begins in 2011.

Family history workshops

Two workshops about collecting family history will be offered by the Kentucky Historical Society. Both will be held at the Thomas D. Clark Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.

On April 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Collect Your Family’s Story will be offered. Learn how to collect oral histories from members of your family about their traditions and find out how those traditions helped to develop the larger picture of your family history and culture.

On April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., More Than a Potluck: Planning Your Family Reunion. Some families are known for planning fantastic family reunions and those are prime opportunities for collecting and sharing family stories and traditions. Listen as guest speakers share ideas, develop to-do lists and help you plan your family’s reunion.

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for 6-18; $3 for veterans and AAA members, and free for Kentucky Historical Society Members. For more information, contact Alisha Marin at alisha.martin@ky.gov.