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Where to find Resources for Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky Genealogy

Holdings and Repositories of Jefferson County records:

Home page of Metro Louisville-Jefferson County KY Gen Web Project:

Louisville Metro Archives and Records Center, 635 Industry Road, Louisville, KY 40208
(including mid-late 19th & early 20th century policemen and firemen personnel files)

Louisville Free Public Library, 301 W. York, Louisville, KY, 40202 ( Genealogy Resources, Genealogy Databases & Internet Resources):

The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208:

Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601:

Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives (Frankfort, Kentucky):

Jefferson County Clerk, 527 W. Jefferson St, Louisville, KY, 40202: continues to add Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY records:

St. John's Evangelical Church Archives have been microfilmed and are on file only at: The Filson Historical Society, (502-635-5083) Family History Center Library at 1000 Hurstbourne Pkwy., (502-426-8174) and the University of Louisville Library (502-852-6747). In addition, German Evangelical Church records from St. Paul's and St. Peter's are on microfilm at the Filson Historical Society.

To find contact information for an Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic church go to: Click on 'Parishes'; Select 'Cities'; Scroll down to 'Louisville'; Click on the name of an active parish in which you are interested. To aid in your search for records, I have listed early churches still active and those now closed.

Early Catholic churches in Louisville and nearby area that are open:
1830 St Louis Church/Cathedral became Cathedral of the Assumption in 1852; 443 S. 5th St., 40202
1830 All Saints, 410 Main Cross, Taylorsville, Spencer Co., Kentucky, 40071
1836 St. Boniface; 531 E. Liberty St., 40202
1839 Church of Our Lady (merged, renamed Good Shepherd); 3511 Rudd Ave. 40212
1853 St. Martin of Tours; 639 S. Shelby St., 40202
1860 Annunciation, 105 Main St., Shelbyville, Shelby Co., Kentucky 40065
1866 St. Joseph; 1406 E. Washington St., 40206
1866 St. Louis Bertrand, 1104 S. 6th St., 40203
1867 St. Anthony; 2222 W. Market St.; merged, (see 1839 – Church of Our Lady; for records)
1868 St. Augustine; 1310 W. Broadway, 40203
1871 St. Aloysius; 202 Mt. Mercy Dr., Pewee Valley, Oldham Co., Kentucky, 40056
1873 St. Brigid; 1520 Hepburn Ave., 40204
1873 St. Cecilia; 338 N. 25th St.; merged, (see 1839 – Church of Our Lady; for records)
1882 Holy Trinity; 501 Cherrywood Dr., 40207 *
1884 St. Edward; 9608 Sue Helen Dr., Jeffersontown, Kentucky, 40299
1885 St. Agnes; 1920 Newburg Rd., 40205
1886 St. Charles Borromeo; 2704 W. Chestnut; merged, (see 1895 – Holy Cross; for records)
1886 St. Francis of Assisi; 1960 Bardstown Rd., 40205
1887 St. Frances of Rome; 2119 Payne St., 40206
1891 Holy Name; 2914 S. 3rd St., 40208
1895 Holy Cross (merged 1990, renamed St. Martin DePorres), 3112 W. Broadway, 40211
1897 St. Helen; 4005 Dixie Highway, 40216 (Shivley area)
1901 St. William; 1226 W. Oak St., 40210
1906 St. Elizabeth of Hungary; 1020 Burnett Ave., 40217
1906 St. James; 1826 Edenside Ave., 40204
1906 St. Therese; 1010 Shiller Ave., 40204 *
1909 St. Paul; 6901 Dixie Highway, 40258 (original roots – see St. Andrew 1851-1907)
1911 St. Aloysius; 187 Plum St. Shepherdsville, Bullitt Co., Kentucky, 40165
1916 St. Denis; 4205 Cane Run Rd., 40216
1921 St. Rita; 8709 Preston Hwy., 40219
1921 St. Benedict; 2325 Osage Ave.; merged, (see 1895 – Holy Cross; for records)
1929 Holy Family; 3926 Poplar Level Rd., 40213

* There were two churches named Holy Trinity in Louisville in this era, one in St. Matthews (which was NOT part of Louisville yet) as listed, and the other in Germantown-Paristown, built just a bit earlier than the St. Matthews one. THIS Holy Trinity changed its name to St Therese when they built the beautiful new church 1907. This Holy Trinity was just a few blocks from the then new St. Vincent de Paul, but the population was enough to have another neighborhood church. Any researchers who need mainly German-American Catholic records might need to write to St. Therese for old Holy Trinity records.
To add to the confusion - St. Therese is in cluster with St. Elizabeth and Holy Family. And, no one ever answers any of those phones (plus the number in the phone book is in fact the Fax number; one needs a bulletin to get the right phone number.) But hopefully, if someone writes to the church address, the letter will go to the volunteer who does look-ups for a fee.

Opening and closing dates and locations of early Catholic churches:
1846 Immaculate Conception (renamed St. Mary's) – closed 1935; 8th and Jefferson St.,40202
1851 St. Andrew – closed 1907 (see St. Paul – opened 1909); 6901 Dixie Highway, 40258
1854 St. Patrick – closed 1985; 1305 W. Market St., 40203
1855 St. John – closed 1985 (records are at St. Martin of Tours); Walnut & Clay St., 40202
1855 St. Peter – closed 1973; 17th & Garland Ave., 40210
1866 St. Michael – closed 1960; Brook St., 402??
1873 Sacred Heart – closed 1971; 17th & Broadway, 40203
1876 (Old) Blessed Sacrament / orginally St. Columba – closed 1933; Washington St., 40202
1878 St. Vincent dePaul–closed 1996;1207 S.Shelby,40203(records at St. Elizabeth of Hungary)
1888 St. Paul – closed 1992; 1022 S. Jackson St., 40203
1890 St. Aloysius – closed 1996; 1129 Payne St., 40204
1897 St. Philip Neri – closed 1996;230 Woodbine St.,40208 (records-St. Elizabeth of Hungary)
1897 St. George – closed 1997;1410 Dixie Highway, 40210 (merged w/ St. Ann in 1997)
1906 St. Ann – closed 1999;1511 Algonquin Pky,40210 (merged, renamed St. Andrew,then closed)
1906 St. Columba – closed 1996; 3514 W. Market St., 40212
1907 St. Leo the Great – closed 1990; 325 E. Wampum, 40209; (records at St. John Vianney)
1907 St. Peter Claver – closed 2000; 526 Lampton St., 40203

Records of closed churches are at the Archdiocese Chancery Office

• Catholic Cemeteries Office contact information for Calvary, St. John, St. Louis, St. Michael: (502-451-7710) 1600 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY, 40205
• St. Stephen's Cemetery, 1808 S. Preston St., Louisville, KY, 40217, (502)-634-0890
• Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY, 40204
• Herman Meyer & Son, Inc. has compiled an extensive database of the majority of Jewish burials in the Louisville, KY area since 1910 and possibly earlier.

• Louisville Cemetery, 1339 Poplar Level Rd., Louisville, KY, 40217; 502-636-5444
• More Cemeteries in Jefferson County listed on:

• Eastern Cemetery Burial Records
The state took over this cemetery, and the Staff Archaeologist from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Louisville has all the burial records. His name is Phillip DiBlasi. Here is his contact information:
Phillip DiBlasi Staff Archaeologist, University of Louisville,1820 Arthur Street Suite #100, Louisville,Ky 40208 502-852–6724 Email address:


The following individuals, whose names are provided as a service, will perform research for a fee. You may contact them by e-mail to find out what they charge and what type of research services they offer. The Louisville Genealogical Society does not recommend or discuss qualifications of those listed.

Dolores and Dan Bohn
5917 Arvis Drive
Louisville, KY 40258-3354
(502) 448-8997

Betty R. Darnell
171 Anna Lee Drive
Taylorsville KY 40071
(502) 422-0150

Christi Hash
1707 Trent Ave.
Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 447-4732

Debra Renard
Eureka! Genealogy
9900 Fringe Tree Ct.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-2824

Effective April 2013