Jefferson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Jefferson County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded May 1, 1780
County Seat Louisville

County Courthouse

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Jefferson County, Kentucky Courthouse Marker.JPG


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 1 May 1780 from Kentucky County (Virginia). This county was abolished in 1780.   County seat:  Louisville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Anchorage Glenview Hills Lynnville Saint Matthews
Audubon Park Glenview Manor Manor Creek  Saint Regis Park
Bancroft Goose Creek Meadowbrook 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
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

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


cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Jefferson Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 


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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Louisville




Local Histories





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)]

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).