The Filson Newsmagazine

Volume 3, Number 4

The Cemetery for the Genealogist

Cemeteries reveal considerable data about our ancestors and generate a variety of records for genealogists. Tombstones are an excellent source of information for birth and death dates, wives' maiden names, names of parents and spouses, unknown children who died young, and sometimes even military service. Since Kentucky did not keep good vital records until after 1911, finding the tombstones of one's ancestors may be the only way to find their birth and death dates.
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Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen - Ohio Valley Artist

Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen was one of Kentucky's most talented artists. Ewen was born on March 31, 1894, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. She was one of four children in the family of Charles Lee Dudley, an agricultural and implement retail merchant and Civil War veteran, and Lula Kenner Dudley. She left Kentucky to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in New York, Italy, and California before moving to Louisville in 1963 to be with her dying brother, Bruce Dudley. 
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The Way to the West...before Lewis and Clark (Part 2 of 2)

With the purchase of Louisiana, American expansion moved from pipe-dream to policy. But the institutional foundation for empire had been built over the previous two decades. The new nation cut its teeth chawing on the huge trans-Appalachian territory acquired when the thirteen colonies achieved independence, some 230 million acres, nearly half the new country. 
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Ohio Valley History Replaces The Filson History Quarterly

"The Quarterly, although it will not limit itself strictly to any one section, may reasonably be expected to give most of its space to American history, particularly to that of the Ohio Valley and Kentucky."
(Foreword to vol. I, number I, The History Quarterly)
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Filson Fellowships - Samantha Gervase

Louisville's riverside location made the city a popular stopping point for many steamboat travelers during the nineteenth century. Two centuries later, its riverside location brings yet another traveler to Louisville, this time a researcher traveling the history of the lower Mississippi River Valley.
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David Herbert Donald - Speed Manuscripts Attract Lincoln Scholar

Few people actually knew the real person lying within the 16th president of the United States. A Louisville businessman, however, was one of the few people whom Lincoln chose to trust with his inner feelings and intentions. Joshua Fry Speed shared a close, lifelong friendship with Lincoln that took root in Springfield, Illinois, in their early adulthood.
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Past Issues of the Newsmagazine

Volume 6, Number 1

Volume 6, Number 2

Volume 6, Number 3

Volume 6, Number 4

Volume 5, Number 1

Volume 5, Number 2

Volume 5, Number 3

Volume 5, Number 4

Volume 4, Number 1

Volume 4, Number 2

Volume 4, Number 3

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Volume 3, Number 2

Volume 3, Number 3

Volume 3, Number 4

Volume 2, Number 1

Volume 2, Number 2

Volume 2, Number 3

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