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.
Closed December 17 - January 2, 2013
Calendar and Events
- Louisville Genealogical Society
Family History Seminar and Book Fair
Open to the public all day
Saturday October 20, 2012 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Beargrass Christian Church
4100 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Check website for parking information, directions and further class details.
- 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.
Free access to subscription based internet web sites, including FamilySearch.org, 19th Century British Library Newspaper, Access Newspaper Archive, Ancestry.com (USA & International), Find My Past, Fold 3 (Previousy know as footnote.com), The Genealogist, Godfrey Memorial Library, Heritage Quest Online, Historic Map Works library edition, Paper Trail, World Vital Records, Arkiv Digital (Swedish Church Records and other historical records).
Hardware and Equipment
Six computer networked workstations with printer access.
One film/fiche scanner
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
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.