Who Do You Think You Are – Find Out at the Filson!

Written by Laura Wheaton. The genealogy research phenomenon has taken on a new life with the production and broadcast of TLC’s season five of their famous show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” The first episode featured actor Cynthia Nixon, who discovered her ancestor was an axe murderer! To find out if you have an axe murderer, (or governor, homemaker, […]

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How-To Guide: Researching Home History at The Filson

By Jordan Sangmeister Frequently I hear members of our community curious about the history of their old home.  The Filson is a fantastic resource for doing such research.  With so many historic homes and buildings in Louisville I embarked on a crash course to writing a how-to guide for all home history hunters. My first step was choosing what property […]

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Historic newspapers are going digital

Are you trying to research an obscure person or subject? Have you tried searching in historic newspapers? Newspapers have been published in the United States since 1690, and have long served as a primary method of communication. In my own research, I have found that historic newspapers often provide information where other sources fail, or provide details that you cannot […]

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Website Update helps researchers plan visit to Filson Library

Planning your research trip to the Filson has never been easier. The Filson library recently added some new content to the website that will help you plan your visit. Are you just beginning your research? Take a look through our Vertical File guides to find out if we have any files relevant to your research topic. Our family files contain […]

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When It All Comes Together

We have a lot of fantastic information resources in this town.  Never was this more apparent to me than during a recent research endeavor done for personal purposes.  I had been lucky enough to be invited over to a friend’s home in Old Louisville for a dinner party. During the course of the evening, the inevitable “when was this house […]

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Attention Designers! Southern Exposition material at The Filson

I was very excited to read about the South Fourth Street Association’ s Fountain Court Design Competition on Broken Sidewalk.  Not only will this new design be a fabulous addition to the Old Louisville neighborhood, but the request for ties to the area’s past through an incorporation of the Louisville Southern Exposition satisfy the historical side of me as well. […]

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Using Online Resources to Solve Photographic Mysteries

By Robin Wallace Family history, and in particular family photos, were a very important part of my upbringing.  When I was a child, both of my grandmothers loved to tell me stories about my ancestors, and I treasured the hours we would spend pouring over old family photographs.  At the time, I did not realize how lucky I was to […]

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Browsing the Filson’s online catalog

People may not realize how interesting the online catalog of The Filson Historical Society can be.  Most people may use the catalog to look up subjects pertaining to whatever research they are conducting at the moment.  Usually that is the way I research, but just the other day I was poking around the online catalog with nothing much to do […]

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Funeral Home Records…more than just a document of death.

In honor of the month of October, with Halloween approaching I feel it is appropriate to share some information about the Filson Library’s funeral home holdings. Our library has funeral home records for the following 4 funeral homes. Maas Funeral Home from the 1890’s-1920’s.  They are filed by a certificate number and the index is in the File Room where […]

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Genealogical Resources in The Filson Library: Ancestry Library

The Filson Historical Society Library has one of the most extensive Kentucky genealogy related collections in the region. Genealogists come from all around the country to sift through our collection in hopes of either finding that one missing piece of the puzzle, or to simply begin family research on ancestors who lived in Kentucky. Genealogy research can be a frustrating […]

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