U.S. Federal Census Records: What They Can Tell Us About Our Nation and Our Family – Joe Hardesty

By gaining an understanding of how the U.S. Federal Census developed and changed over time, attendees to this lecture will have a greater appreciation for the historical, social, economic and political context of one’s family at the time.


Joe Hardesty was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  He began researching his family history in the mid 1980’s—before internet!  With the help of patient and kind librarians however, he has been successful in tracing a number of family lines back to their roots in Colonial Maryland.  From 2008 to 2017, Joe had been the librarian of the Kentucky History and Genealogy Section for the Louisville Public Library.  In 2018, he became the Library Director for the Sons of the American Revolution Library—one of the finest genealogical libraries in the Mid-West – located in Louisville.

Joe earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2016 and in 2012 he earned a certificate in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto.  Joe is one of only a handful in the United States to hold this credential.  He has attended numerous genealogy workshops over the years and has presented at several state and regional conferences.

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