Dig Up a
Little History . . .
Turn back the clock
the links below to reveal some of Harrison County's forgotten past and bring it to light
History of the County
to Get You There
Monuments & Memorials
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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 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?
courtesy of David Smith)
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.
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Your Genealogy Fix Today!
Uh . . . I mean get your Feix
genealogy today, or more precisely, a genealogy entitled Feix &
Kauffman Families of Harrison County, Kentucky.
It is the exploration of the family
tree of Charles W. Feix (pronounced "fakes"), noted genealogist and
local historian of Harrison County. He has traveled far and wide
to put together nearly 200 pages of the story of his research with
family photos, diagrams, documents, and just about everything that one
would want to know about his 19th century immigrant ancestors from
Alsace-Lorraine (France) and their descendants. He is now offering
the volume to the public for the first time ever.
To learn more about the book or to
get your own copy ($30.00) you can contact him at
email@example.com, write to him (Charles W. Feix, 71 Culpepper
Drive, Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031), or call (859) 234-5416.
HarrisonCountyKy.US, an easy-to-remember web
address that will get you to this site, which is designed to be an aid in the
genealogical and historical research of Harrison County, Kentucky and its
You may never have heard of Harrison County
before, or of its county seat, Cynthiana, but the county is located just north
of Lexington, about an hour's drive away, and almost just as far from
Cincinnati, Ohio, if you don't mind speeding a little!
Genealogy and local
history research have been interests of mine for the past seventeen years.
When I began researching my own family's past in Harrison County in 1992, I
didn't know a whole lot about genealogy or how to research one. I have
since discovered that about half of my ancestors liked the area well enough to
spend about two hundred years around that little spot on the globe that is
Northern Kentucky, and even though the state has many charms, it took them
thousands of years to get there . . . but it need not take that long for you to
follow in their footpaths and find your ancestors!
Over time and during many
research trips to Kentucky I have collected a good bit of information for my own
personal research library which I have decided to share through this website.
Just click on any link to the left to learn more about the topic or to access
As I always say,
"Ancestors were never lost, they are just waiting to be found!" So let
this site be your teacher and your resource and these pages will help you to
fill out all those blanks in your own Harrison County pedigree.
Quite a few items have
already been posted to
HarrisonCountyKy.US, but the site still has room to
grow, and I hope to continue adding to it in the next few months and years.
Some of the information, references, or materials may not be new to the web and
may be located elsewhere, however, there are and will be quite a few unique
items to be found here and nowhere else.
I have found the work on
this website to be a lot of fun and a learning experience, which is what
genealogy and the study of local history should be about. I do hope you
find something useful at
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." 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!
So, please, just click,
read, learn, and enjoy!
Website creator and editor of
Staff writer for the
Harrison Heritage News
Recipient of the 2007
Kentucky Genealogical Society's Outstanding Service to Genealogy Award
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (Since 2007)
P.S. 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 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 genealogy in the
news, how-to tips, and links to other items that may be of interest to you.
The Genealogy Guy
Click on the link to visit
whenever you feel you need to add a genealogy index or volume on
Harrison County to your personal library.
Add the latest
editions of Harrison County marriage indexes (or should the word be
"indices" . . . ) to your library!!! The
transcription and publication of
General Index to Marriages No. 3 (1948-1984) and Marriage
Records Index, 1985-2008 were completed in 2009! Be sure to get yours
The Genealogy Box
2007 a special supplement, published nearly every other month, has been added to
issues of the
Harrison Heritage News. Entitled The Genealogy Box, its
goal is to bring to light all of the 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 any two printed pages can. 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 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
monthly meeting. Meetings are almost always held on the third
Thursday of each month at the new meeting room (Charles W. Feix Room) 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 join!
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.
What People Have to Say about
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.
. . . the 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.
None of these comments has been
solicited, and I say "Thank You" to all who have
been thoughtful enough to share their appreciation