Thursday, November 12, 2015

About "the Box"


In the beginning there was . . . the box.

Just about every family has such a box, what you might call a genealogy box, where all the old family photos, letters and notes, and all the other little treasured bits and pieces of past times and family history are kept. The type of storage ranges in type from the old standby, the trusty shoebox, stored in a dark closet somewhere, to the rustic old trunk or chest found in a lot of attics and basements.

The modern genealogist or family historian might at first replace the old shoebox with a Tupperware (or Rubbermaid or Sterilite) container or a spiral notebook or two, maybe even a three-ring-binder. But the effectiveness of these methods won't last for long. Soon a file box or two will become necessary, and then even more and more boxes, until visits to your local big box or office supply store will seem to be as numerous as those to the local grocery!

As I have made visits to Kentucky over the years I have sought out, collected, and saved all the information I could that would make my own research go a little more smoothly from home, information that I only wish I had only known about or had access to from the beginning of my research. And so the genesis of the title of this little newsletter, a little place to tell of all the research tools and methods I have learned about in climbing my own family tree and building a family history with Harrison County records.


Since 2007 this special supplement, published three to four times a year on average, has been added to issues of the Harrison Heritage News, the monthly newsletter of the Harrison County Historical Society. The Genealogy Box is its name and 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 facilities. Each issue basically serves as a research guide to one particular topic, in as much as any two printed pages can. More recent issues have not only served as guides to individual topics, but also contain content not to be found anywhere else such as transcriptions, abstracts, and indexes of records. News of recent genealogical events, features at this site, and other items of interest are also included.

If you are interested in researching a family history in or the local history of Harrison County, please visit HarrisonCountyKy.US for even more information and resources.

And if you are interested in the purchase of marriage record indexes for Harrison County, Kentucky, be sure to look at what is available at

Thanks for visiting, and the best of luck to you in your research!

Philip A. Naff
Indianapolis, Ind.

P.S. I also highly recommend a visit to the web pages of the Harrison County Historical Society While there, view the online archives of the Harrison Heritage News. Information about the society, its publications, and even more about Harrison County can be seen. Check out the online indexes of their publications before you buy to see what books you may need to add to your genealogy library at home. Spend just a little time with the Harrison County Historical Society and learn a lot!