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April 16 - Russellville, Kentucky

Southern Kentucky Pastfinders will host author, historian, & genealogist Eric F. James at 6 pm CDT on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at the Old Logan County Courthouse in Russellville, Kentucky.
200 West Fourth Street
Russellville, KY 42276
Cost: FREE

Eric F. James is the historian and genealogist for the family of Frank & Jesse James. He publishes the James family's official website and blog, Stray Leaves, and Leaves of Gas.

Mr. James will speak about his award-winning history of the Jesse James family, Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence. Afterward, Mr. James will be available to sign personally copies of his book.

The author recently appeared at the Logan County Tobacco Festival in October of 2015. David Guion, president of the Southern Kentucky Pastfinders, seized the opportunity to have the Jesse James family historian return to Russellville to talk about the James family in depth.

Russellville is home to the Russellville Bank, which the James Gang held up on March 20, 1868. In the robbery, bank cashier Nimrod Long was shot. In his talk, Mr. James will reveal how 20 years of genealogical research has established the long-standing acquaintanceship of the James and Long families, dating back to the American Revolution. The author also will offer the James family’s assessment of why Nimrod Long was almost murdered in the robbery.

May 10 - Louisville, KY

Louisville Genealogical Society – Lecture & Book Signing
May 10, 20165 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Church of Latter Day Saints
Hurstbourne and Linn Station Sts.
Louisville, KY

Genealogist, historian, & author Eric F. James will focus on the genealogy research produced by the Jesse James family covering 1882 to the present day. He will address its genesis, methodologies, participation, DNA study, discoveries, challenges, peer review, financial costs, continuing burdens, privacy issues, publication and resulting new ancestry, new history, and new family.

Much of the James family’s history was lost as the family disintegrated following the assassination of Jesse James. Interest in the family genealogy revived in 1950, through one family member’s slip of the tongue that broke the family’s wall of silence.

Eric F. James will cover what new and unexpected discoveries arose since and the new history that now compels the genealogist to write a five-volume history of the Jesse James family. Eric will preview This Bloody Ground, Volume II of Jesse James Soul Liberty. His second volume focuses on Frank and Jesse’s grandfather, John M. James, his origins in the American Revolution with the Youngers and Pence, and his self-exile into Kentucky with the Traveling Church, which became a predicate to socio-religious communities and political structures of today. Eric will discuss the Spanish Conspiracy that first ruined the James reputation at a point when John M. James had become a political catalyst against bankers and predatory lenders of the early 19th century. Within John’s witness to the Danville conventions, statehood and his founding of Pulaski County, associations were formed that would lead to the infamous James Gang and confrontations of the Civil War era.

The author and genealogist also will sign his Volume I of Jesse James Soul Liberty. Eric last visited the Louisville Genealogical Society in October of 2014.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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