Kentucky History & Genealogy Collection

For a limited time, will be available to access from home. You will need your library card and password to login.

Kentucky History and Genealogy Collection at the Main Library

The mission of the Library's Kentucky History & Genealogy Collection is to ensure that residents of Metro Louisville and users living far beyond its borders will have reliable access to primary and secondary source materials of historical and genealogical value well into the future.

In the Kentucky History Room (located on the 2nd floor of the historic Carnegie-built south section of the Main Library), patrons have access to valuable historical resources such as city, CrissCross, and telephone directories, vital records, military records,, Draper Manuscripts, maps and atlases, and clippings files. For a full list of resources see our Kentucky History & Genealogy Resources.

Kentucky History Room

Library card holders may also employ an array of research tools from home while researching genealogy or local history. Databases include HeritageQuest, Courier Journal 1830-Present, and Sanborn Maps.

For out-of-town research, please see the Printable Research Request Form. Staff are happy to help with any questions you may have. Call LFPL at (502) 574-1617 or message us using our  Ask-A-Librarian online tool.

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Last Updated: 3/23/20