Louisville History Resources

See also LFPL Genealogy Resources, Genealogy Databases and Internet Genealogy Resources.

Adoption and Apprenticeship Records

JHPA (see key)

Adoption and Apprenticeship books-Religious Institutions and Index,  c.1879-1945, (Louisville Baptist Orphans Home, Christian Church Widows and Orphans Home, Methodist Episcopal Church South Widows and Orphans Home, German Baptist Orphans Home), hard copy.

Adoption papers filed in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court, 1875-1904, and Index, hard copy,

Adoption Case Files-Jefferson County Court, and index, #1-#580, 1940-1946, hard copy. (restricted).

Before 1940, adoption case files are included in the civil division case    files of Jefferson Circuit Court.  The case number may be found in the    Plaintiff Index under the name of the petitioner.  Post 1946 files are also in the Circuit Court, but they are restricted.

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Cemetery and Funeral Records

FILS (see key)

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Census Records

FILS (see key)

LFPL (see key)

All available census schedules for Kentucky 1810-1920. MICROFILM  (The U.S. 1890 census records were damaged in a fire; all that remains for Kentucky is an enumeration of Civil War Union veterans for some counties.) 

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Citizenship Records

JHPA (see key)

Index to Naturalizations, 1811-1913, hard copy.
Naturalization Books-Jefferson Circuit Court, 1892-1913, hard copy and microfilm.

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City Directories for Louisville, Kentucky

FILS (see key)

LFPL (see key)

UARC (see key)

ULLM (see key)

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City Directories (other than Louisville)

LFPL (see key)

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City of Louisville Charter

ULRB (see key)

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City of Louisville Records

JCA  (see key)

LFPL  (see key)

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Coroner's Records

JHPA  (see key)

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Military Service Records

FILS 

(see key)

JCCL (see key)

LFPL (see key)

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County Records

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

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Draper Manuscripts

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

UARC  (see key)

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Institutional Archives

UARC

(see key)
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Kentucky Adjutant General Reports

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

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Kentucky State Court Records

In 1975, the passage of the Judicial Amendment to the KY Constitution greatly changed the structure of the state court system. The new system of organization took effect on 01 January 1978. This inventory, however, only describes records created by the judicial system before 1978.

The below-listed courts generated case papers, dockets, order books, judgment books and indexes which may be of interest to the researchers.  The original records have been sent to the State Archives in Frankfort, KY.  However, the plaintiff and defendant indexes are available on microfilm at the Jefferson County Clerk-Micrographics Department.  To examine an original case file, the record must be brought to Louisville from Frankfort by the Circuit Court Clerk.

For  a history of the early court system in Kentucky, see Richardson, William C. An Administrative History of Kentucky Courts to 1850.  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives:  Frankfort, 1983.  For a detailed outline of the Court system and its records prepared just a few years before the change in the judicial system, see Thomas, Samuel W. "An Inventory of Jefferson County Records." The Filson Club Historical Quarterly, Vol.44, No. 4, October 1970.  The Filson Club:  Louisville, Kentucky.

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Land Ownership and Division

JJCL

(see key)

FiCT (see key)

JHPA (see key)

PVAD (see key)

JCCL (see key)

JHPA (see key)

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Literary Manuscripts

ULRB

(see key)

Literary manuscripts from the following Louisville authors

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Manuscripts (other than literary)

LFPL

(see key)

UARC (see key)

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Maps and atlases

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

LFPL (see key)

ULLM (see key)

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Name Change Records

JHPA

(see key)

JCCL (see key)

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Newspapers

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

Other miscellaneous Louisville newspapers

The Library also has these Lexington and Cincinnati newspapers on microfilm

UARC (see key)

ULLM (see key)

ULLR (see key)

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Oral History

UARC (see key)

Home of the University of Louisville's Oral History Center, preserving over 1,000 taped recollections of university personnel and students, community leaders, members of  ethnic communities, workers, and business executives, collected since the late 1970s. Transcripts are available for part of the  collection. (AUDIOTAPES and PAPER)

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Pension Records

JHPA (see key)

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Photographs

FILS (see key)

ULPA (see key)

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Probate Records

JHPA

(see key)

JCCL (see key)

JHPA  (see key)

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School Records

LFPL

(see key)
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Tax Records

JHPA 

(see key)
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Vital Records

JCCL

(see key)

JHPA (see key)

FILS (see key)

UARC (see key)

LFPL (see key)

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Special Indexes and Vertical Files

FILS

(see key)

LFPL (see key)

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Other Resources


FILS

(see key)

JHPA (see key)

LFPL (see key)

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Last Updated: 02/04/2008