German Immigrants in American Church Records, Volume 34: Louisville, Kentucky Protestant I


Dr. Minert and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract Americans' German vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the "old country." Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that 65-76 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant's exact place of birth. An everyname index compiled from the 13,682 entries (names) in 6,657 records from emigrants of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is found in this volume.

Typical entries from the St. Paul’s First German United Evangelical Protestant Church in Louisville, Kentucky are as follows:

  • Heinrich Deibel b. Ransweiler, Rockenhausen, Pfalz, Bayern 30 Nov 1819; m. USA 1847, Maria Cordie; 2m. 25 Nov 1884, age Christine Kellermann; d. 17 Nov 1884, age 65-0-13; bur. Louisville, KY. He immigrated in 1837. Ref: p. 8:287.
  • Wilhelm Kolde b. Nortrup, Bersenbrück, Hannover 15 Dec 1858; son of Wilhelm Kolde and Elisabeth Vonderbeck; d. 3 Dec 1884, age 26-0-12; bur. Louisville, KY. He immigrated on 21 May 1883. Ref: p. 8:288.
  • Maria Barbara Rathgeber b. Sindelfingen, Böblingen, Württemberg 3 Aug 1814; m. Johann Kirch; 2m. 1855, Johann Heinrich Hellener; d. 8 Dec 1884, age 70-4-5; bur. Louisville, KY. She immigrated in 1852. Ref: p. 8:288.
  • Johann Gottlieb Lindauer b. Kleinheppach, Waiblingen, Wüttemberg 25 Dec 1827; m. USA 1858, Dorothea Frantz; d. 12 Dec 1884, age 57-0-13; bur. Louisville, KY. He immigrated in 1854. Ref: p. 8:288.

Volume 34 covers eight churches found in Louisville, Kentucky.

  1. Bethlehem German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  2. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
  3. St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  4. St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  5. St. Paul's First German United Evangelical Protestant Church
  6. St. Peter's German Evangelical Church
  7. Salem German Reformed Church
  8. Zion's German Evangelical Reformed Church

Louisville, Kentucky's Church records continue in Volume 35 and Volume 36.

Roger P. Minert

2021, cloth, 554 pp.

ISBN: 9781628593051