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KHR collection resources

Census Records

Census records 1810-1950 (

Census schedules for Kentucky 1810-1930 (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.

  • Indexes to Kentucky census schedules 1810-1920
    • The indexes for 1800-1870 are in books.
    • The indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 are Soundex indexes on MICROFILM.
  • Virginia census records 1810-1910. MICROFILM.
  • Indexes to the Virginia census (except 1860.)
  • 1850 and 1860 census of the river cities of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. MICROFILM.
  • Federal Census schedules are accessible online via the Library's HeritageQuest Database.
  • Heads of families of the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790.BOOK (KHR 317.3 U5715)

Cemetery Records

The Library has:

  • Burial Records of Cave Hill. (BOOK, KHR 929.5769 J356C)
  • Records of Eastern, Greenwood and Schardein Cemeteries. (BOOK, KHR 929.5769 J356E)
  • Miscellaneous cemetery records for some Kentucky counties. (BOOK, KHR 929.5769 - arranged alphabetical by County)
  • Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Union. Interred in the National Cemeteries, Numbers 1-6.
  • Kentucky Cemetery Records compiled by the DAR.
  • More library resources on Kentucky cemeteries.

Civil War Official Records

  • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War of the Rebellion. BOOKS (KHR 973.7 W195)
  • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. BOOKS

Civil War Service Records

The Library has:

City Directories

The Library has:

  • Louisville City Directories, 1832 to the present. (Digitized internally OR Book).
  • Louisville Suburban Directories, 1957 to the present. (Book).

County and State Records

The Library has:

  • Compilations of transcribed county records for some Kentucky counties. These include records of wills, marriages, court proceedings and cemeteries. BOOK (KHR 929.3769 - arranged alphabetical by County Name)
  • Sections of the published archives of
    • Pennsylvania, BOOK (KHR 974.8 P416, 71 volumes)
    • New Jersey, BOOK (KHR 974.9 D637, 47 volumes)
    • Maryland, BOOK (KHR 975.2 M393, 72 volumes)
    • Delaware, BOOK (KHR 975.1 D434, 5 volumes).
  • Compilations of county records for some other States, particularly Virginia, BOOK (KHR 929.3755)

Digital Collections

1937 Flood Collection

A collection of reports by various institutions including eyewitness accounts, personal experiences, and services rendered during the January 1937 Ohio River Valley flood.

Louisville Newspaper Obituary Index 1918–1987

Contains an index of obituaries published in various Louisville newspapers, most notably the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Draper Manuscripts

The Library has:

  • Series A, B, C, J, K, L, M, N, O, W, Y, BB, CC, NN and QQ which relate to Kentucky. MICROFILM
  • There is an index, Guide to the Draper Manuscripts. BOOK (KHR 016.97802 D791H)

Kentucky County Tax Lists

The Library has all available tax lists in MICROFILM for each County in Kentucky. Generally, these cover the period beginning with the creation of each County until approximately the middle of the 1800s. Tax lists are available for some Kentucky Counties up until 1875.

Maps and Atlases

  • Various Kentucky county atlases (inquire at Information Desk)
  • Various (street/city) maps of Kentucky and Louisville. (inquire at Information Desk)
  • All the topographical maps for Kentucky that are published by the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Place names that appear on the topographical maps are indexed in a gazetteer that is keyed to the maps, "Guide to Kentucky Place Names."


The Library has the following Louisville newspapers on MICROFILM.

  • Louisville Public Advertiser July 1818-1832, 1834-Oct. 1841.
  • Louisville Daily Journal Nov. 1830-Jan. 1832, May 1836- Nov. 1868.
  • Catholic Advocate Feb. 1841-July 1849, June 1869-1899.
  • Louisville Morning Courier 1844-1861, 1866-1868.
  • Louisville Daily Democrat 1851-April 1869.
  • Louisville Daily Courier Jan. 1851 - June 1861 and Jan. 1866 - Oct. 1868
  • Courier-Journal Nov. 1868-present.
  • Louisville Commercial Dec. 29, 1869 - Dec. 31, 1902.
  • Evening Post May 1878-Oct. 1925.
  • Record 1879-1973.
  • Louisville Times May 1884-Feb. 1987.
  • Kentucky Irish American 1898-1968.
  • Herald April 1903-Oct. 1925.
  • Louisville Leader Nov. 1917-Sept. 1950.
  • Herald-Post (evening) Nov. 1925-Oct. 1936.
  • Herald-Post (morning) Nov. 1925-Feb. 1927.
  • Louisville Defender 1951-present.
  • Other miscellaneous Louisville newspapers.

The Library also has these Lexington and Cincinnati newspapers on MICROFILM.

  • Kentucky Gazette 1787-1910.
  • Kentucky Evening Gazette 1907-1910.
  • Cincinnati Enquirer 1841-1863


  • Kentucky Birth, Death and Marriage Records, 1852-1910. MICROFILM - These records are incomplete - Consult the Guide located with the microfilm first!
  • Directory of Births and Deaths Registered in Kentucky.
    • Births and deaths: 1911-1954. MICROFILM
    • Births: 1911-1959. BOOK (note: these are in very poor condition)
    • Deaths: 1911-1969. BOOK (note: these are in very poor condition)
  • Kentucky Death Certificate Index, 1911-2013. DIGITAL
  • Kentucky Death Certificates 1911-1965. MICROFILM/1966-1967 - DIGITAL
  • Kentucky Marriages Indexes.
    • Marriage index for brides, 1973-1999. DIGITAL
    • Marriage index for grooms, 1973-1999. DIGITAL
  • Kentucky Divorce Indexes.
    • Divorce index for wife, 1974-1995. MICROFICHE
    • Divorce index for husband, 1974-1995. MICROFICHE
  • Kentucky Birth Indexes
    • Mother's Maiden Name. 1911-1999 DIGITAL
    • Child's name. 1911-1999 DIGITAL

Other Resources

  • Indexes to Kentucky land grants.
  • Genealogy and local history magazines.
  • State documents and Louisville city reports.
  • Proceedings of Kentucky religious and professional groups.
  • Index of Jefferson County, KY. probated will records, 1784 - 1977 MICROFICHE

Reports of the Kentucky Adjutant General

These are rosters of volunteers or conscripts who served from Kentucky

  • War of 1812 BOOK (KHR 973.5 K37)
  • Mexican War BOOK (KHR 973.6 K37)
  • American Civil War BOOK (KHR 973.7469 K419R)
  • World War I Selective Service System draft registration cards, 1917-1918 for Kentucky - complete with index. MICROFILM

Revolutionary War Records

Special Indexes and Vertical Files

  • Newspaper clipping files about Louisville and Kentucky subjects organized by subject or Dewey Decimal via internal indices. Please ask KHR staff for help.

Standard Indexes

  • American Genealogical Biographical Index, BOOK (KHR 016.9291 A512, 226 volumes)
  • Virginia Historical Index, BOOK (KHR 975.5016 Sw41v, 4 volumes)
  • Daughters of The American Revolution Lineage books. (KHR 929.1 N277, 166 volumes)
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index by William Filby, BOOK (KHR 929.3016 P266)
  • Germans to America - lists of passengers arriving in U.S. Ports BOOK (KHR 929.30893 Ger, 60 volumes.)
  • Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications BOOK (KHR 929.1 N276)

World War I Selective Service Records

  • World War I Selective Service draft registration cards, 1917-1918 for Kentucky (MICROFILM). This collection contains records for a total of 486,739 men born between 1886 and 1900 and who were registered in Kentucky. In searching these records for ancestors living in Louisville, Ky.