The Filson library currently subscribes to the following online resources. Please visit us to use these resources as access is limited to on-site use only.


Ancestry Library Edition

The version of designed for libraries. It is the largest and most comprehensive site for genealogical research. Most useful is the collection of digitized and indexed records for the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940. Ancestry also contains birth, marriage, and death records, immigration records, and military records. While the majority of records are for the United States, the collection of records from Canada and European countries is growing.



This site contains digitized city directories, including issues from Louisville for the years 1861-1923. It also includes a large selection of digitized sources from the Civil War, including service records, photographs, and the Lincoln Assassination papers. Fold3 also has a number of historic photographs from the Coolidge, FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower administrations, as well as the Vietnam War.