Reckoning Inc. and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage partner to host a workshop on how to use Catholic church records to find enslaved ancestors

(Louisville, KY) Reckoning Inc. will present Using Catholic Church Records to Find Ancestors on Saturday, April 8 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on how to use an online database of Catholic baptismal records recently created by local non-profit organization Reckoning, Inc. to find enslaved ancestors. This workshop will be conducted by Reckoning, Inc. Research Director Abby Posey. The workshop is free and open to the public.

To date, Reckoning, Inc. has digitized the records for over 2,100 enslaved children who were baptized at ten Louisville-area Catholic churches in three counties: Jefferson, Nelson, and Marion. This includes the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville and the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown. These records have been placed in a database that can be searched, both by children’s and enslaver’s names, and browsed by church and by county. It can be found at This is an ongoing project that, if funding permits, will eventually expand to include records from Catholic and Protestant churches across Kentucky.

For more information about the workshop, visit To learn more about Reckoning, Inc., visit If you would like to setup an interview with Reckoning, Inc. Research Director Abby Posey, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications,.com or call 502-341-7306. 

Reckoning, Inc. receives funding from the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Gheens Foundation, Community Foundation of Louisville, LG&E and KU Foundation, David A. Jones, Jr., and Mary Gwen Wheeler, Hardscuffle Inc., Metro United Way, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Historical Association, and the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation.