Kentucky State Archives and Libraries

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Kentucky State Archives

The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives provides an excellent library of genealogy records including: Kentucky census records for 1790-1870 (printed) and 1880, 1900-1920 (Soundex), bonds, deeds, estate settlements, marriages, tax assessment books, wills, Compiled service records and pension applications for veterans of all wars from 1776-1900, case files, dockets, naturalizations, minute and order books, and other records from the circuit, limited jurisdiction, and appellate courts, and more...

Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
P.O. Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

Phone: (502) 564-8300


The Filson Library

The Filson Library is a collection of some 50,000 non circulating titles of local, regional, and national interest, focusing on the Upper South and the Ohio Valley. Library holdings include a fine Civil War collection; approximately 1,500 maps, primarily of Kentucky and other southern states; some 3,000 reels of microfilm containing Kentucky census and tax records, as well as the Draper and Shane collections; over 840 newspaper titles, including one of the largest 19th-century Kentucky newspaper collections in original form; a sheet-music collection of over 3,700 pieces, much of it written or published in Kentucky; over 3,500 family histories; and almost 4,000 genealogy files on Kentucky families.

The Filson Historical Society
1310 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Phone: (502) 635-5083


Selected LDS Family History Centers

The following family history centers in Kentucky offer the most comprehensive genealogy resources, including census records, death records, family history records, obituaries, marriage records, vital records, court records, and various other public records.:

Bowling Green Kentucky
2938 Smallhouse Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky

(502) 842-7148

Louisville Kentucky
1000 Hurstbourne Lane
Louisville, Kentucky

(502) 426-8174


Owingsville Kentucky
1954 East HWY 36
Owingsville, Kentucky

(606) 674-6626

Lexington Kentucky
1789 Tates Creek Pike
Lexington, Kentucky

(859) 269-2722

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