Jefferson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Jefferson County, Kentucky
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Founded May 1, 1780
County Seat Louisville
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Quick Dates

Jefferson County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1852

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

Jefferson County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG
Jefferson County, Kentucky Courthouse Marker.JPG
Jefferson County Courthouse
527 W Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2814
Phone: 502.574.5700 

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1781;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1850;
Archivist has court records from 1780[1]


President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The county was named after Declaration of Independence Author Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) who became President in 1797.

Parent County

1780--Jefferson County was created on 1 May 1780 as a Virginia county when Kentucky County (Virginia) was abolished to form Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln counties. See County Formations Database (Kentucky Land Office)

County seat:  Louisville [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Jefferson County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Anchorage Glenview Hills Lynnville Saint Matthews
Audubon Park Glenview Manor Manor Creek  Saint Regis Park
Bancroft Goose Creek Meadow Vale Seneca Gardens
Barbourmeade Graymoor-Devondale Meadowbrook Farm Shively
Beechwood Village Green Spring Medora Spring Mill
Bellemeade Harrods Creek Middletown Spring Valley 
Bellewood Heritage Creek Mockingbird Valley Strathmoor Manor
Blue Ridge Manor Hickory Hill Murray Hill Strathmoor Village
Briarwood Highview Newburg Sycamore
Broeck Pointe Hills and Dales Northfield Ten Broeck 
Brownsboro Farm Hollow Creek Norwood Thornhill
Brownsboro Village Hollyvilla Okolona Valley Station
Cambridge Houston Acres Old Brownsboro Place  Watterson Park
Coldstream Hurstbourne Parkway Village Waverly Hills (memorial)
Creekside Hurstbourne Acres Plantation  Wellington
Crossgate Indian HIlls Pleasure Ridge Park West Buechel
Douglass Hills Jeffersontown Poplar Hills Westwood
Druid Hills Kingsley Prospect Wildwood
Fairdale Langdon Place Richlawn Windy Hills
Fincastle Lincolnshire Riverwood  Woodlawn Hills
Forest Hills Louisville Rolling Fields Woodlawn Park
Glenview Lyndon Routt Worthington Hills

Neighboring Counties


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:



Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Individual cemeteries:


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2009721,5944.0%
Jefferson County, KY census

For tips on accessing Jefferson County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

1790 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1793   Tax List

1810   Index, Transcription

1859   Louisville City Directory

1911   Louisville City Directory


LDS Ward and Branch Records


Directories ($) has Louisville City Directories 1861, 1864-1923 available online.


It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Booker] Booker, Charles Lee. The Bucher/Booker Family, 1686-1990 from Klein Gartach, Wurttemberg, Germany to Frederick County, Virginia to Harrison and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky to Knox and Sullivan Counties, Indiana to the Illinois Counties of Jasper, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Sangamon. n.p.: C.L. Booker, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 B852b
  • [Bucher] See Booker.
  • [Byerly] Hanson, Richard E. Descendants of Paul Byerly (Born 1855, Louisville, Kentucky) and His Wife, Martha Marie Hodgman. Typescript, circa 1960. FHL Fiche 6019132
  • [Clark] Dorman, John Frederick. Descendants of General Jonathan Clark, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 1750-1811. Louisville, Ky.: n.p., 1949. Reprinted from the Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2, 4. FHL Film 1036197 Item 4
  • [Deneal] DeNeal, Gary. The DeNeales of Virginia. 1971. Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax, Va.
  • [Deneal] Hunt, John G. "Deneal(e) or Oduneal of Fairfax County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1981):295-302. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 25 (1981).
  • [Egg] Miller, Marguerite A. My Family Genealogy of Knauer, Egg, Fleischmann, and Eppler Families from Germany to Jefferson County, Kentucky and Other Area's. Smithfield, Ky.: M.A. Miller, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K729mm; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Eppler] Miller, Marguerite A. My Family Genealogy of Knauer, Egg, Fleischmann, and Eppler Families from Germany to Jefferson County, Kentucky and Other Area's. Smithfield, Ky.: M.A. Miller, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K729mm; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Fleischmann] Miller, Marguerite A. My Family Genealogy of Knauer, Egg, Fleischmann, and Eppler Families from Germany to Jefferson County, Kentucky and Other Area's. Smithfield, Ky.: M.A. Miller, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K729mm; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Johnston] Johnston, Floyd Allen. Lt. Benjamin Johnston Virginia Milita - Revolutionary War Born, Carolina County, Virginia in 1735, Died, Louisville Kentucky in 1792, Son of William Johnston and Ann Chew. Typescript, 1969. FHL Film 877505 Item 4
  • [Knauer] Miller, Marguerite A. My Family Genealogy of Knauer, Egg, Fleischmann, and Eppler Families from Germany to Jefferson County, Kentucky and Other Area's. Smithfield, Ky.: M.A. Miller, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K729mm; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Krieg] Head, James H. German Origins of a Krieg Family: A Description of the Family of Jacob Krieg (1778-c1845) Who Immigrated from Beuren in Württemberg to Monroe County, Ohio in 1834: Descendants Lived in Monroe County, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Bartholomew County, Indiana. Monument, Colo.: J.H. Head, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K893h; digital version at Family History Archives. Another edition: FHL 929.273 K893h 2006; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Krieg] Head, James H. Krieg Family History: An Account of the Genealogy of the Krieg Family of Bartholomew County, Indiana with Comments on Kreig (Krieg) Relations in Louisville, Kentucky. Monument, Colo.: J.H. Head, 2006. FHL Book 929.273 K893hj; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Machtolff] Parrott, Edna and Carol Miller. Ancestry and Descendants of August Andreas Machtolff of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville, Ky.: E. Parrott & C. Miller, 2003. FHL Book 929.273 M185p
  • [Prather]Prather, William A.Captain Basil Prather, 1731-1803, of Maryland and Kentucky and His Louisville Home 'Fox Hill'. Waynesboro, Miss.: W.A. Prather, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 P887pr
  • [Rust] Rust, Ellsworth Marshall. Rust of Virginia: Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of William Rust, 1654-1940. Washington, D.C.: Rust, 1940. FHL Book 929.273 R922re.
  • [Shipp] Sanders, Walter R. The Shipp Genealogy from Essex, Caroline, Faquier Counties, Virginia, to Green, Taylor, Woodford, Jefferson, Fayette, Christian, Bourbon, Scott, Owen, Counties, Kentucky, and Johnson Counties, Indiana. Typescript. Microfilmed 1971. FHL Book 929.273 Sh64s; FHL Film 875372 Item 5
  • [Shoninger] Shoninger Family of Louisville, Kentucky: Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1793-1916. MSS., American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio. Reproduction: FHL Film 1012750 Item 7
  • [Stafford] Stafford, Carolyn Joy. The Biography of Thomas Moore Stafford, 1841-1910 of City of Louisville, Clark, and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky and Citrus and Lee Counties, Florida: Saddler, Soldier, Settler. Brandon, Fla.: C.J. Stafford, 2007. FHL Book 921.73 St13s; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Strother] Owen, Thomas McAdory, "William Strother of Virginia and His Descendants," Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Apr. 1898):149-173. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  • [Taylor] Hall, Newman Arnold. "Allerton of Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1988):83-92; Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1988):171-178; Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):287-296; Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1989):13-18; Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1989):94-102; Vol. 33, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1989):175-180. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 32 (1988)-v. 33 (1989).


Local Histories



  • Military Resources ~ Revolutionary War through Civil War
  • Korean War Memorial Korean War Memorial for Soliders from KY ~ KYGenWeb
  • Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky
  • The 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for all of Jefferson County were destroyed except those for the Central Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in Lakeland, Ky listing eight individuals. For information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.





The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Jefferson County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Will Book 1: 1784-1813
  2. Will Book 2: 1805-1833
  3. Will Book 3: 1833-1846


  • 1789-1790 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The sources of this publication are the 1789 and 1790 [?] personal property tax lists, and substitutes for 1786 through 1788. Jefferson County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • 1789 - Heinemann, Charles B. "First Census" of Kentucky 1790. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1940. 1981 reprint: FHL US/CAN 976.9 X2ph 1981; digital version at Kentucky Kinfolks. ["6 volumes of 1789 were used, and some duplications were found." (p. 2)]
  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Jefferson County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family history Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Kentucky page 271, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).