Thursday, June 26, 2014

Full-Page Images of the 1896 Cynthiana Democrat and 1905 Log Cabin Added.

If you haven't seen them before in their full glory, now you can.  The purchase of a bigger scanner means bigger things can be added to the website.  One can now view a total of 66 full-page images of both the 1896 Special Edition of the Cynthiana Democrat and the 1905 Souvenir Supplement of the Log Cabin combined at www.HarrisonCountyKy.US.  Just go to the home page and click on the links to see what people once read over a hundred years ago and which you can still read today.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What Kept People Busy in 1850?

In the effort to fill in the blanks of a genealogy, one part of the record is largely overlooked, the documentation of what kept people busy from day to day. What did people do? How did they make a living? Where or to whom did one go to get a horse shod or a cabinet made?  The answers to those questions with regard to the 1850s have been around for a while, thanks to the efforts of two men named Thomson and Bassett.  Read the article, "What Kept People Busy in 1850?"

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Harrison Heritage News (April 2014)

The latest edition of the Harrison Heritage News was mailed a couple of weeks ago.  What, you don't have one?  Well, you've got to be a member of the Harrison County Historical Society to get one!  It is too late to have joined yesterday, but today and tomorrow are viable options, which brings me to the subject of the feature article for this month's issue, the title of which, "Before It is Too Late Too Soon", is very apropos to the message expressed so far.

The article is about Berry, Kentucky in the 1910s, a time before World Wars and Depressions when Harrison County's second largest community (after Cynthiana) basked in what seemed to be an aura of boundless energy and enthusiasm.  Work could be hard, but people still had time to have fun, and if you grew up there in the early decades of the 20th century, you might not want to trade that time of your life for anything else or any other place in the world.

A budding interest in genealogy combined with the opportunity to travel in the 1990s allowed me to capture such sentiments as expressed by my great-aunt, Martha Elizabeth (Elmore) Byerley (1906-1998) nearly eight decades later.  She spent her preteen years living life, having fun, and, yes, going to school at Berry.  The stories she told are short and entertaining and . . . maybe best of all . . . she took albums full of pictures to illustrate the "good ol' days," some which have been reproduced on the front page of this issue of the Harrison Heritage News.

So, don't you wait to until it is too late too soon to get your copy of the April 2014 issue of the Harrison Heritage News today!  Visit www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/Historical-Society for membership information.

     “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”—Dr. Seuss

Monday, March 31, 2014

We've Moved . . .

Welcome to The County Line, a companion blog to www.HarrisonCountyKy.US.  Announcements concerning the site, recent additions, new databases, new articles, and maybe a little original content not found at the site, will be posted here in the future.

One can keep up with this blog or follow the posting of updates on Twitter at

I have been busy updating the site, tweaking it a little, proofing the links, and will be adding even more in the near future.  One of those improvements has been to move the site to a new Internet Service Provider (ISP).

For several years now the site has been hosted by a free ISP account I have had with  The address for the home page looked something like this:

. . . and the portion above served as the prefix to all of the other pages at the site.

While just typing in "www.HarrisonCountyKy.US" would get you to the home page of the site in a process known as domain forwarding, many of the pages would show the full address, and that address is also what would appear in searches using Google, Bing, Yahoo! and other sites.

So, if you have bookmarked or favorited any pages at HarrisonCountyKy.US, you can either edit them individually in your browser, deleting the prefix described above, or go to the same page using the links provided on the new home page and then bookmarking the page again.

The home page at the new ISP will have a new background and layout, so you will know that you are at the new site of the old site.

And don't forget to delete your old bookmarks, or you will be going nowhere, when we want you to be coming back to . . .

P.S.  I am a newbie to blogging and to Twitter, so please bear with me if any extraneous posts or errors should appear on these pages.  Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014