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 the staff will be happy to get it out for you. The actual records are kept in our closed stacks. Therefore you will need to find the certificate number in the index so that a staff member can go get the record.
- McDaniel Funeral Home from the early 1900's-1980's. These are filed alphabetically by surname and are kept in our File Room.
- Pearson Funeral Home from 1890-1920. These are filed by date of death and are kept in our File Room.
- Schildt Funeral Home from the 1890's-1920's. These records are filed alphabetically by surname and are kept in our File Room.
The Maas Funeral Home records provide the most comprehensive information of all of our records. For example, the record shown below gives place of birth, place of death, parents names and their places of birth, cause of death, and cemetery (including lot number and section number) where the deceased is buried.
Funeral home records typically tell a researcher where a person is buried and the cause of death, and in some instances, the place of birth. Genealogists often use cemetery and funeral home records to verify a person's birth and death dates. We have bits and pieces from several other cemeteries in various sources, however unfortunately we have nowhere near all of Jefferson County’s cemetery records.
To find cemetery records in other counties in Kentucky, one must look in the Kentucky County History Room. Many of the counties have abstracted some of their cemetery records and they are filed with the county records.