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Harrison County, Kentucky Facts

When was Harrison County, KY Created?
Harrison County was created on December 21, 1793 from Bourbon County and Scott County. Currently the county was named in honor of Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791), co-author of the Kentucky Constitution .

What is the County Seat of Harrison County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Cynthiana additionally, the county government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Harrison County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Pendleton County (north), Bracken County (northeast), Robertson County (northeast), Nicholas County (southeast), Bourbon County (southeast), Scott County (southwest), Grant County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Harrison County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Berry, Cynthiana, Leesburg.


Harrison County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Harrison County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Harrison County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Harrison County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.


Harrison County, KY Census Records

What Harrison County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Harrison County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Harrison Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Harrison Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Harrison Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Harrison Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide


Harrison County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Harrison County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Harrison County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Harrison County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Harrisond County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 313 Oddville Avenue, Cynthiana, KY, 41031
    • Phone: (859) 234-7130
    • Marriage Records: 1794
    • Land Records: 1794
    • Probate Records: 1794
  • Harrison County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Harrison County Justice Center, 115 Court St., Suite 1, Cynthiana, KY 41031
    • Phone: (859) 234-1914
    • Court Records: 1794
  • Harrison County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  • Harrison County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Harrison County USGenWeb Archives Project

Harrison County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Harrison County, KY?
A list of Harrison County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Kentucky Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Harrison County, KY Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Harrison County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Harrison County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Harrison Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Harrison Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Harrison Co. KY General and History Websites

Harrison Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Harrison Co. KY Military Records

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