A Site Dedicated to Harrison County, Kentucky History &
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US is a site which has be developed for
genealogists and local historians from near and far, not just for those
who live in the county and who are interested in researching their own
heritage, but also for those whose ancestors and families lived there in
the recent or distant past and for whom even a brief day-trip to perform
research in Cynthiana is not possible.
site focuses on bringing local records, texts, and indexes into the
homes of researchers via the internet that no other site on the internet
can offer. Among these are:
Marriage Records Indexes
- The online marriage indexes accessible at the site are based on the
four original general marriage indexes located in the Harrison County
Court Clerk's offices in Cynthiana (General Cross Index to Marriages
1 (1794-1893), General Index to Marriages 2 (1894-1947),
General Cross Index to Marriages 3 (1947-1985), and General Cross
Index to Marriages - Colored (1866-1949)).
indexes consist of just over four hundred individual web pages with
approximately 35,000 individual entries (The first volume indexes
17,656 individuals, the second lists 14,568 individuals; while the
African American Index contains the names of 3,544 individuals)
referring to more than 17,500 marriage records in all.
While some of
the county’s marriage records have been indexed and/or abstracted
before, however never beyond 1858, the African American marriage record
indexes had never been abstracted, transcribed, or published before the
existence of pages dedicated to them at
Each of the online indexes is comprised of a complete every-name
alphabetized listing, which itself is much easier to use than even the
originals, which list the marriages chronologically by bride and groom.
The new indexes have also been published and are for sale in book form,
which amount to nearly 1,000 pages of text, a number which demonstrates
the size of the effort, if the reference to 17,500 marriage records
doesn’t seem impressive enough.
Copies of the published indexes have
been donated to the Harrison County Court Clerk's office for the
public's use, and many Northern Kentucky libraries have purchased
complete sets for their genealogy collections.
Funeral Home Records Indexes
– A consolidated index consisting of 16,260 entries based on several
smaller and older typescript indexes which formed part of the
microfilmed record of two historic Harrison County funeral homes, the
Smith-Rees Funeral Home and the Whaley Funeral Home, can be viewed at
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/Records/, along with explanatory notes and
brief articles detailing the histories of several local funeral homes
and their predecessors. In addition an index of extant Colonial Funeral
Home records is also available to researchers.
Guides to Resources
– When other sites have provided better access to indexes and records
that would be of interest to the Harrison County researcher for such
topics as birth, death, and cemetery records, brief guides have been
prepared and are linked to at
the case of cemetery records, the transcriptions of several small
cemeteries and church burial grounds have been donated and accepted for
use at the site, such as those for several Methodist church cemeteries
in the county, including one for Sunrise Cemetery, all compiled by Col.
Doug A. Harper (Ret'd) of Lexington, Kentucky.
Texts and Indexes of Local Histories and Newspapers
– Nearly 250 pages of the original texts of two volumes of particular
importance to the local history of the county have been transcribed and
posted online: The Harrrison County chapters of W.H. Perrin’s 1883
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky
and Chronicles of Cynthiana by Lucinda Boyd, published in 1894 (www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/History/).
1993 a Pictorial History of Harrison County was published and,
while the images of this text are not available for publication online,
an every name index has been prepared for the individual subjects of the
100+ pages of photographs included in the original volume.
Chapters concerning Harrison County found in the 1847 and 1874 Collins
histories of Kentucky, excerpts from 1893’s The Life and Addresses of
W.H. Woolery, LL.D., Third President of Bethany College (a biography
of a Harrison County native), and items about John Hunt Morgan’s 1862
and 1864 raids on Cynthiana have also been transcribed and added to the
site. Links to these latter texts can be found at
June, 1896 The Cynthiana Democrat published a 24-page "Special
Edition" of its weekly edition, an issue chock-full of photographs of
Cynthiana and its business establishments, as well as biographical
sketches of its businessmen, government, and church leaders and
descriptions of its government, school, and church facilities. Both the
Democrat’s "Special Edition"
and 1905’s 32-page
published by the Democrat’s Republican rival, the Log Cabin,
are "must-reads" for anyone interested in life in Cynthiana and the
county as it appeared almost exactly a century ago.
Indexes have been
compiled for each of the two editions, and more than ninety percent of
the texts of each, all of those relating to Harrison County and its
people, have been transcribed and posted online. Images from the
Democrat have also been indexed and added to the newspaper’s site.
Links to all of the aforementioned texts can be found at
– Texts of local and state histories published throughout the country in
the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been
scoured for references to Cynthiana and other Harrison County
communities in the hopes of building an even greater history of the
people whose lives were spent in the county and whose lives were once
touched by the experience of having lived there. Nearly half of the 600
biographical sketches which fill out the content of these pages were
found in Kentucky resources, i.e. local and family histories devoted to
Kentucky, its counties, cities, communities, and people, including W.H.
Perrin's 1882 History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas
Counties, Kentucky, Chronicles of Cynthiana by Lucinda Boyd,
commemorative editions of the Cynthiana Democrat and the Log
Cabin newspapers, the five volumes of Kerr’s 1922 History of
Kentucky, Gresham's 1896 Biographical Cyclopedia of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Another 300+ sketches which documented
the lives of those originally from Harrison County were found in volumes
devoted to the histories of Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa,
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio,
Oregon, and Texas, or some smaller political divisions thereof. No doubt
people from Harrison County settled in parts of the other thirty-five
states as well, and it is hoped to expand the biography subsite even
further by accepting submissions from researchers who may have found
biographies relating to Harrison County and adding them to the pages at
Views of Historic Harrison County
– Whenever historical images of the people and places of the county are
made available, every effort is made to include them at the site.
Of special interest are images of two postcard collections of historic
scenes from throughout Harrison County. That of Charles W. Feix is
extensive and gives the visitor an exclusive look at how Harrison
County, especially Cynthiana, appeared in the late 19th and early 20th
Host to the Website of the Harrison County Historical Society
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US hosts the web pages of the Harrison County
Historical Society, aiding in the recruiting of new members throughout
the country (nearly half of all members reside outside of Harrison
County), providing news of the “goings-on” at the society’s monthly
meetings, as well as providing yet another research resource to the
site’s visitors in the form of an archive of the society’s monthly
publication, The Harrison Heritage News. Issues from 2000
thru 2013 have been posted online, and a subject index for all issues up
to the end of the previous year is always updated.
The indexes of the society's publications are also a part of the
society's web pages at
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/Historical-Society/, offered as a research
aid and an enticement to join the society or to make a purchase and
contribute to the society's efforts.
Guide to the Kentucky Room of the Cynthiana-Harrison
County Public Library
– The genealogical and historical research resources of the Christine
Burgan Kentucky Room of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library
have been cataloged and a guide prepared and posted at
so as to give those who may plan on visiting Cynthiana and Harrison
County a "heads-up" on what resources are available to the genealogist
or local historian. The library’s own website (www.CynthianaLibrary.org)
has linked to the pages at
I have only been directly contacted by a few of the visitors to the
site, it averages about 10,000 page views a month, a number which
seems to have proven itself a valuable research resource to many in
Kentucky and throughout the country.
How to Create a Web Site
A long time ago,
"around the turn of the century" ... alright, it was
2000, but isn't it more fun to say it that way! ...
Anyways, way back
then I bought a Microsoft program called FrontPage 2000.
I plugged it in, turned it on ... and PFFFT!!! For
some reason, the program and I just didn't click.
Several years later,
Microsoft offered an upgrade, and so I bought that,
thinking I would give it a try. This time, the program
worked for me. It turned out that secret to FrontPage
was understanding "tables." If you've ever put
together a website from scratch, you know what I mean.
Everything you have
ever seen at
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US was built from scratch, I
used no templates, nor did I copy from any other sites.
There were a lot of trials and just a few errors over
the years, but I have finally acheived like the look
that the site has now.
Content will continue
to grow, sometimes slowly, at other times in spurts.
Original texts, old texts, and new images will still be
added, some pages changed or moved, and some material
may even be copied to other social media sites, like
Blogger, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or ... but I hope
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US going as long as I can.
It has been ten years
now since I first created this site, and sometimes I
even forget what is available at HarrisonCountyKy.US.
I've still got some work to do, and more to add, but all
you have to do is to keep coming back ... and click,
read, learn, and enjoy!