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, Kentucky in 1992, I
didn't know a whole lot about genealogy, how to research or document one, or where to look
for the records that would answer my questions.
My first genealogy
day trip was to the Indiana State Library's Genealogy
Division. I went looking for my
2nd-great-grandfather, one Beresford Fitzgerald Aylmer.
It turned out that he was my only 19th century immigrant
ancestor, all the others got here long before he did.
But being a "late-comer" didn't make him any
easier to find.
In fact, he turned out to be the most elusive of them
all. And not knowing much about how bad old record
keeping could be, I actually found him listed in some
passenger lists, but I didn't know it. He was recorded as a she and
of the wrong age, so I dismissed the entry altogether.
Harrison County is a little far away
for me, and to make the most of each research trip
Kentucky, I found it necessary to copy a lot of material so that I could have the
information within easy reach at home for future reference. A friend, who
knew of my obsession, invited me to compile and index of
county marriage records for a small website I had
created. Initially the site was just a little place
online that I could use as a personal research resource while
away from home, the end result being an archive of
information for anybody researching Harrison County.
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
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)
The Kin Hound
My cyberpet, the Kin 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, links to stories of olden times and other items
which may be of interest to you.
HarrisonCountyKy.US is an easy-to-remember web
address that will get to my site for Harrison County, Kentucky, which is designed to be an aid in the
genealogical and historical research of the county 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!
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 over time.
Some of the information, references, or materials may be located elsewhere.
However, there are and will be quite a few unique
items to be found there and nowhere else.
To keep up with new items posted to
visit my blog,
The County Line or my
Twitter account of the same name.
If Pinterest is your interest, then check out
HarrisonCountyKy.US at Pinterest for a nice selection of images and links
that should be interest.
Visit HarrisonCountyKy.US on Pinterest.
This site is also
host to the online presence of the
Harrison County Historical Society. When you get there click on
@TheSociety to read about all the "goings-on" or
look at the Calendar of Events to learn what is planned for any of the
twelve monthly meetings that the society holds each year (Every third
Thursday of the month). Make the society a special part of your
life by making this the year you decide to join!
If you haven't seen them before,
or 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
Harrison Heritage News. Archived issues of the Harrison County Historical Society's
monthly newsletter from early 2001 through 2013 are now available online.
Just click on
Harrison Heritage News to begin your trek
back in time.
In addition, William A. Penn, editor of the
newsletter and author of a newly revised history of the battles of Cynthiana,
has lent several of his literary efforts for posting to the site such his 1995 Civil
Rattling Spurs and Broad-Brimmed Hats about Cynthiana and
Railroads in Harrison County, Kentucky by George Slade which he edited.
www.BooneCountyKy.US is the younger sister of my site for Harrison
County. Offerings are limited now, but it may be worth a visit.
Keep watching for new additions in the near future.
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 at other
resources. 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 are also
With the publication of nearly
three-dozen issues, now seems a good time to commemorate the event and so all of
those which have been published are being posted online for the first
time. Just click on the link to begin your learning
The Genealogy Box.
Do you need any of the five
volumes of Harrison County marriage records which are available?
Then check out the details and make out an order for some of these fine
If you've ever had to get in your
car, take a bus, fly in a plane, or just plain "hoof it" to get somewhere in
Kentucky to do a little local or family research the old-fashioned way, then
you've probably been in a "Kentucky Room" somewhere. Most local libraries
have such a room, a place full of old books and microfilms, a place where all
the family and local historians and the genealogists congregate, no matter how
far or how long it takes to get there.
Nowadays, thanks to the internet,
every researcher can rest his bones a bit more; travel is no longer required. The
internet lets your fingers do the walking.
TheKentuckyRoom.com is my place to meet for all those fingers which have
a mind to do so. It is my place on the Web for local history and genealogy
in Northern Kentucky and the Bluegrass, focusing mostly on Boone and Harrison
Counties . . . some places in-between . . . some here-and-there . . . and a few
which were just lost in time . . .
If you have any questions or
suggestions about any of the sites listed on this page or about
genealogy or local history research in Boone or Harrison Counties,
Philip Naff, the website's creator, and he will see what can be done
to answer your queries or to improve the site.