The Home of Harrison
County History and Genealogy
The clocks are all ticking, but no one seems to have the
time. Isn't that so true of so many who put off
the research of their family until it is too late? Questions about family
history don't get asked while those who lived it are still living.
What may be piece of junk to some isn't realized to be a family heirloom until
after it gets thrown away.
Yet it is never too late
if you begin now, especially with the virtual explosion in the interest in all
things genealogical. Websites like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org,
Fold3.com, Google Books, and Archive.org offer millions of records to search and examine. Twitter, Facebook,
Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube offer ways to connect with others who have a passion for
learning about their family's heritage. Television shows like Who Do
You Think You Are? help to grow the interest and spread the word even
HarrisonCountyKy.US is a
website that is designed to aid the visitor in his or
her research of the history and genealogy of Harrison
County, Kentucky and its people. In 1992 I took up
the research of my maternal grandmother's family.
I have discovered that most of her ancestors liked the
Northern Kentucky area well enough to spend about two
hundred years around that verdant little spot on the
globe. Even even though the area has its many
charms, it took most of them thousands of years to get
there . . . but with a little help from the information
at this site it need not take you that long to follow in
their footpaths and find your own ancestors!
Searching This Site--Many of the records
available at HarrisonCountyKy.US
are arranged in alphabetical order within a record
group. So if you want to located a subject in one
of the online indexes, it might just be better to go to
that record group, such as
marriage records or
funeral records, and just scroll away.
If you are interested in a
particular topic or if you are looking for your research
subject's place in history, such as might be found in
one of the many fine articles or books at
HarrisonCountyKy.US, then you might want to give Google
a spin by entering some text about your subject in the
box below. All the standard search rules apply. To learn
how to get the most out of any search visit "How to
search on Google."
You still might have to search the selected document or
page after clicking on a link in the list of results.
Once there, just punch CTRL + F to continue your search.
If you have any questions or
suggestions about the site or genealogy or local history research in
Harrison County, please contact
Philip, the website's creator, and he will see what can be done
to answer your queries or to improve the site.
The Genealogy Box
2007 a special supplement, published several times a year, has been added to
issues of the Harrison Heritage News, the newsletter of the Harrison County
Historical Society. Entitled The Genealogy Box, its
goal is to focus a light on genealogy and local history resources that
are available for research, both online and in person in Cynthiana and elsewhere.
Each issue basically serves as a research guide to one
particular topic, in as much as a few printed pages can. Also included are
transcriptions, abstracts, and indexes of people and important records. News of recent
genealogical events, features at this site, and other items of interest have
also been featured.
Just click on the either link to begin your learning
The Genealogy Box.
Marriage Indexes in Print and for Sale: Visit
TheGenealogyBox.com whenever you feel you need to add an index
of Harrison County records to your library, especially for marriage
records. Spend a little time . . . and maybe a little
money; you will be the one all the richer for it!
courthouse disasters, Harrison County's marriage record
archive has survived intact. There are marriages
records for every month going back to 1794.
All told, there are
over 50,000 marriages, dare I say love stories,
documented by Harrison County records. But there
were a few last-minute cancellations.
system was established in the early 1890s. Prior
to 1866, African American records, although rare, were
transcription and publication of
General Index to Marriages No. 3 (1948-1984) and Marriage
Records Index, 1985-2008 were completed in 2009.
Despite rumors to the
contrary and being a cousin unto myself, I only have one pair of hands and while
still working on my "family forest" in Harrison County, but I can always add a
little more to this site.
If you have any materials
or suggestions to improve the site, please let me know.
David Smith has
offered this wonderful photograph of his great-grandmother, Marietta (Renaker)
Smith (1872-1959) for use in the
Photo Album of the County pages.
Other generous offers of family
photos, school photos and records, and Bible records have also been accepted and
posted to this site.
Do you have anything you would like to share?
A Note from Ye Webhost
My name is Philip Naff
and, for better or worse, I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. The better part
I live closer to Kentucky than I have ever lived before; the worse part is that
Indiana isn't Kentucky!' ;-).
Genealogy and local
history research have been two interests of mine for the past three decades now.
When I began to look into my own family's past in Harrison County in 1992, I
didn't know a whole lot about genealogy, how to research one, or where to look
for the records that would answer my questions.
Harrison County is a little far away
for me, and to make the most of each research trip
Kentucky, I used to find it necessary to copy a lot of material so that I could have the
information within easy reach at home for future reference, the end result being a collection of
information for my own personal research library which I can share through this
I hope that you can
find something of what you are looking for in trying to
fill in those blanks in your family tree.
Website creator and editor of
Staff writer for the Harrison Heritage
monthly newsletter of the Harrison County
(Ky.) Historical Society
Recipient of the 2007
Society's Outstanding Service to Genealogy Award
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (Since 2007)
What Visitors Have Had to Say about the Site
Well, actually no one has had to say
anything at all, none of these comments has been
solicited, but I do say "Thank You" to all who have
been thoughtful enough to share their appreciation
with me. P.
This is truly the most unbelievable, awesome, comprehensive, interesting
genealogy site on the internet.--Jim D.
You ought to get
a medal. You have done a great job and I have yet to see a
history/genealogy site with as much information and so well displayed.--Barry
Thank you for
all the work on the Harrison County, Ky. site. I know this
required a lot of work on your part. Just wanted to let you know
that some of us appreciate the work.--Rita B.
time I visit the Harrison site I'm always left with a feeling of having
visited the most professional, friendly and comprehensive amount of
information available for a web site . . . I always find your web site
so informative and a joy for reading everything. You have produced what
others need to understand. Genealogy can be informative and fun
while being professional. As I read many years ago, genealogy
should be regarded as a science, not a hobby. You have given
credence to that statement.--Tom C.
[T]he Harrison County, Kentucky website is
wonderful. I have visited Cynthiana many times and will continue
to return to the home of my ancestors to find more info. But your
site allows me to work on genealogy when I donít have time to travel to
find something new. Keep doing a great job!--Cindy A.
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US has been written,
compiled, transcribed, abstracted, extracted and/or edited by Philip Naff,
except for content which has been submitted for use at the site by unpaid volunteer contributors or where otherwise noted, and he
maintains all rights in these web pages as defined by the copyright laws
of the United States of America. No content of this website may be
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Last Edited Update:
Philip A. Naff