Marriage Indexes for
Harrison County, Kentucky
In Print & Available for Purchase!
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was about ten years ago that the transcription of the three oldest
marriage record index volumes for Harrison County, Kentucky, were
completed, published and first offered to the genealogical public,
volumes which should be useful to anyone researching genealogies or
family histories with ties to Harrison County or nearby counties in the
region of Northern Kentucky, especially along the Ohio and Licking River Valleys.
Beginning in the early 1890s and continuing until 1985 four general marriage indexes were
compiled and maintained for use in the Harrison County Court Clerk's offices in
Cynthiana. They were entitled
General Cross Index to Marriages 1
General Index to Marriages 2
General Index to Marriages 3
General Cross Index to
Marriages - Colored
The valuable genealogical information contained in these
volumes was only available in the court clerk’s vault or on microfilm at select
facilities . . . until now.
The Three "General" Marriage Indexes--After several months of visits to the court clerk’s offices in Cynthiana and
hundreds of hours spent at a computer keyboard, I was able to develop a new and
improved set of marriage record indexes. Combined, these three published volumes
contain approximately 35,000 individual entries (General Index to Marriages
No. 1 indexes 17,656 individuals; No. 2 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.
illegible entries found in each original index have been proofed, checking also
to see that every document, numbered from 0 to 18167 (1794-1947), has been
accounted for. In the process the names of nearly four hundred individuals, who were not accounted for in the original
volumes in the court clerk’s vault,
have been added to these published indexes.
For marriages from 1985 to the present day the index for
the county's marriage records is a part of the clerk's office's computer system,
which has also been transcribed and proofed and is now available in print as
Marriage Records Index, 1985-2008.
African American Marriages--While a portion of Harrison County’s marriage records have been indexed and/or
abstracted before, although never beyond 1858, none of the African American
marriage record indexes had ever been transcribed until now.
All African American marriage records and their indexes have now been examined
and transcribed for a more accurate and complete index of African American
records than has ever existed.
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.
If you would like an index or indexes for yourself,
know of a relation or other genealogist who would like one, or know of a
library which might need one for their genealogy room, please consider one
of the publications below for your genealogy library, whether in your own
home, in a friend or relative's, or for the the library down the street or in your
I certainly thank
you for taking the time to read about these new publications and hope that you
may realize their value by deciding to add them to your own genealogy library.
Please contact me anytime if you should have any questions.
Bookshelves and libraries everywhere will be all the
happier for these new additions!
instructions on how to obtain a photocopy of a marriage record are
also offered at this site, but the photocopies aren't free . . .
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