The Home of Harrison
County History and Genealogy
HarrisonCountyKy.US, a website with an easy-to-remember web
address (or URL) that is designed to aid the visitor in his or her research of the history
and genealogy of Harrison County, Kentucky and its
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 find
the places where the records that would answer my questions were stored.
since discovered that about half of my 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 it need not take you that long to
follow in their footpaths and find your own ancestors!
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.
It is still a little far away, and to make the most of each research trip
Kentucky, I found it necessary to copy a lot of material just to have the
information at hand for future reference, the end result being a collection of
information for my own personal research library which I can share through this
The clocks are 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 as 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
Even though Mark
Twain is reported to have said that "when the end of the world comes I want to
be in Kentucky, because there it will come 20 years later," it doesn't mean
you can wait that much longer to start. When he said
that he may very well have well thinking of this site, for here the past is
always present, and the future, well, that's another day!
What's New . . . or Old
HarrisonCountyKy.US? Quite a few items have
already been added to these pages, but the site still has room to
grow. I hope to continue adding to it in the next months and years.
You can now follow me at Twitter, or just read
the feed which follows, to learn about new additions to this site, some news, as
I hear it, about the happenings at the Harrison County Historical Society, and
everything else I can think of which may be relative (pun intended) to your
research in and of Harrison County, Kentucky.
Please visit the following sites which all
feature Harrison County history and genealogy as their main attractions.
Come join, attend, or spend a little time . . . and maybe a little
money; you will be the one all the richer for it!
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.
The Genealogy Guy
TheGenealogyGuy.com whenever you feel you need to add an index
of Harrison County records to your library, especially for marriage
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.
The records keeping
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.
The Harrison County Historical Society
This site is also
host to the online presence of the
Harrison County Historical Society.
Click on the links to learn about the
society and its activities, such as its efforts to preserve and restore
the Handy House in Cynthiana or to discover the topic of the next
Meetings are almost always held on the third
Thursday of each month (third Saturdays in winter months) in the Charles W. Feix
Community Room in the annex of
the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library. Go to the "Calendar
of Events" on the society's page for details. While there,
click on @TheSociety to read about all the "goings-on" of past meetings
Make it a special part of your life by making this
the year you decide to
Harrison Heritage News
If you haven't seen them before, just want to read the fine
articles by local historians George Slade, Bill Penn, Harold Slade, and other
authors and experts again, or if you would like to learn all about the other
historical happenings of Harrison County, then you must read the
award-winning Harrison Heritage News!
Archived issues of the Harrison County Historical Society's
monthly newsletter from early 2001 through 2005 are now available online.
Just click on
Harrison Heritage News, to begin your trek
back in time.
The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum
This past year (2012) was the 18th anniversary of the Cynthiana-Harrison County
Museum's establishment. If you can't get there in person, take a look at
museum's pages at
www.CynthianaKy.com to see what events and attractions
the museum has planned for the year and learn more about the county's past.
The Kin Hound
The Kind Hound would rather bark,
woof, or bow-wow, but the powers that be have him "tweeting" like a
bird. Watch for tweets from the Kin Hound about interesting and
fun stuff about genealogy in the
news, maybe a few how-to tips, and links to other items that may be of interest to you.
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?
If you have any questions or
suggestions about the site or genealogy or local history research in
Harrison County, please contact
Philip Naff, the website's creator, and he will see what can be done
to answer your queries or to improve the site.
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
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of the United States of America. No content of this website may be
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Philip A. Naff