Genealogical Gems of the Louisville Free Public Library – Joe Hardesty

It’s true! Online users of the Louisville Free Public Library can access a wealth of genealogical information; however, much information remains in book and microfilm format…,information that can help break down a genealogical brick wall. Luckily, one of the best Genealogical Collections in Kentucky is just a few miles away!

Joe Hardesty—Born and Raised in Louisville, Joe Hardesty began researching his family history in the mid 1980’s–long before the Internet! With the help of patient and kind librarians however, he has been successful in tracing numerous family lines back to their European origins. In 1997 he was promoted to work in the Kentucky History and Genealogical section of the Louisville Free Public Library. In 2003, the library recognized his as an asset to the library and it’s users and made it possible for him to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science which he complete in 2006. Since 2008, Joe has been the librarian of the Kentucky History and Genealogy section for the library-the largest collection housed in a public library in Kentucky! Most recently (Feb., 2012) he earned a certificate in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and is currently the first in Kentucky with this credential (hopefully he won’t be the last). He has attended numerous genealogy workshops over the years and has presented at several state and regional conferences. In short, the man teaches a lot!!

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