Louisville Kentucky Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
The Louisville Kentucky Family History Center serves Louisville and the surrounding areas free of charge and is a branch of the Salt Lake City Family History Library. We have access to their collection of over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records.
Location & Map:
*Address: 1000 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky 40222
From the parking lot enter the door on the left side of the building.
- Tues, Wed, Thurs, 2nd,3rd,4th Saturdays: 10AM to 2PM
- Tues Evening: 6:30PM to 9:00PM
- We are closed when Jefferson County Schools are closed for bad weather.
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday daytime hours in July
Open on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays in July
Closed Tuesday evenings in August.
Closed November 21-22, 2012
Closed December 21 through January7, 2013
Open on Tuesday January 8, 2013
Calendar and Events
- STAFF TRAINING MEETINGS
Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
Over 1,500 Films and over 2,500 Microfiche with many films and microfilms from Kentucky, Germany, and Sweden.
Over 500 books and family histories from various states.
Over 100 commercial CD's with genealogical research data.
Forms, Research outlines, etc available at cost.
- FHC Portal: This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
Ancestry.com ( USA and International available)
Largest online genealogy site on the web
Historical records and Family Trees
Fold 3 (previously known as Footnote)
US Military Historical Records by War:
Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican and Indian War, Civil War, WW1, WW2, Vietnam War.
Non military collections such as Homestead Records, Naturalization Records, City Directories plus more.
World Vital Records
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19th Century British Library Newspapers Digital Library
British Newspapers 1800-1900, contains 49 national and local titles with two million pages of searchable digitized content.
It is the most comprehensive collection of national and regional newspapers of Victorian Britain available. This full-text, fully searchable digital archive currently includes papers originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library and providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.
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Births, Marriages, and Deaths including 1837-2005 and Overseas records
Complete 1841-1901 Census for England & Wales
Largest Collection of Non-Conformist Records
Wills, Probate, and Testaments
School, College & University Registers
Knights of England
Godfrey Memorial Library
The internet Branch of Godfrey Memorial Library is a library of Genealogy, History, and Biography.
A Guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents.
Historic Map Works Library Edition
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The core of the collection consists of land ownership (cadastral) maps illustrating the geographic and developmental history of the United States. This unique content allows users to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.
Census Images from 1790-1930
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Hardware and Equipment
Six computer networked workstations with printer access.
One film/fiche imaging machine which will copy film to a flash drive, CD or paper copy.
One flatbed scanner
Four microfiche readers
Six microfilm readers
- Staff Research Specialties
RESOURCES IN THE LOCAL AREA
- The Louisville Genealogical Society Library is located across the hall from the Louisville Kentucky Family History Center. You may access the library during the hours that the Family History Center is open and during, or after the Louisville Genealogical meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
- The founder of Louisville Genealogical Society, Jane Turner Hamm, began teaching genealogy classes on February 14, 1980 at Senior Citizens East. Upon completion of the course, Jane’s students wished to continue meeting and made the decision to form a society. The first meeting took place on July 2, 1985, with 16 in attendance. Fast forward to the present, when membership exceeds 300.
The Society meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Hurstbourne Parkway. At the second Tuesday meeting, a program of a historical nature is presented. On the fourth Tuesday, an educational workshop follows a brief business meeting. Visitors are always welcome at these meetings. When a fifth Tuesday occurs in a month, some members visit a local or nearby facility for a tour or simply for genealogical research.
Additionally, each spring a week-long research trip is made to such places as Richmond, Virginia; National Archives in Washington, DC; Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or another location selected by a majority of members. Then, in autumn, a group travels each year to the Mecca of research libraries, Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A genealogical seminar is held yearly, normally in October, which features a national speaker, as well as numerous free classes, a silent auction, vendors and societies. In 2012, the main speaker will be Curt B. Witcher. Mark the date on your calendar, Saturday, October 20.
Finally, the LGS has its own small library with various reference books, genealogy journals of various states and family surname folders that researchers may visit either during or after meetings or by requests made to the LDS Librarian during their hours.
For additional information about Louisville Genealogical Society, visit
1000 Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203
1310 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucy 40208
301 York Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203
- Irish Society of Kentuckiana
1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30
Commonwealth Bank Building
286 North Hubbards Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40222
Volunteer at the Center
We would welcome any one who has an interest in genealogy and would like to work in the Family History Center. Training would be provided.