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(I sent the following e-mail to the KYHARRIS list earlier, and as Nicholas County borders on Harrison, I feel the resource discussed below will be of help to some doing research in the vicinity.)
Earlier this week I added pages to the website at www.harrisoncountyky.us. A main feature of the pages is a consolidated index of the Smith-Rees and Whaley funeral homes, neither of which is now in business, but which were purchased by successors still operating in Harrison County today. These two sets of records were microfilmed and individually indexed more than a decade ago. Several years ago I typed up the separate indexes and modified the data to come up with a consolidated index of the two sets of records, with additional burial data not to be found in the originals. This consolidated index is now online.
There are just over 16,000 entries listed. Of particular interest are the Whaley funeral home records (1893-1982), which predate the 1910 vital statistics law by nearly two decades, providing much needed dates of death for the 1893-1911 period, however the earlier records are much more limited in the information they provide than those of later years.
The index also acts as a supplement to the Kentucky Death Index, in that even though quite a few Harrison County citizens and family members have moved away from the county over the decades, and even died in other states, many are often returned to Harrison County for burial on family plots or local community cemeteries. Their deaths would not be indicated by the Kentucky Death Index, but as their burials were serviced by local Harrison County funeral homes, their names do show up in these indexes.
To show how powerful a tool these funeral home indexes can be, there are 16,260 entries listed in this online index (Smith-Rees and Whaley combined). From 1911 thru 1999, there were 19,909 deaths recorded in the Kentucky Death Index of people who died in the county, or who were residents of the county when they died. More than half of the funerals listed in this consolidated index are of Battle Grove Cemetery burials, and nearly 8,000 burials of Battle Grove's 14,000 were serviced by the Smith-Rees and Whaley Funeral homes (Battle Grove accounts for nearly three-fifths of all identified graves in the county).
More details are available about the funeral home records and the indexes at the site. To go the funerals page, visit www.harrisoncountyky.us/funerals. To go directly to the consolidated index of the Smith-Rees and Whaley funeral homes, visit http://www.harrisoncountyky.us/funerals/consolidated-funeral-home-records.... Just click on the first letter of your research subject's surname to begin your search. The names are arranged alphabetically, with the name of the funeral home in the far left column, and a burial location is provided in the far right. Dates of death are available for all, with some ages at death for some. This index is based on several separate indexes and so the information provided in each was different, and so not all columns could be filled out. A majority of the data regarding Battle Grove burials has been derived from a one-on-one comparison with the actual Battle Grove Cemetery burial records, and not from the funeral home records themselves. This information, however, has been added to give you a step-up in the progress of your research so as to make it easier and quicker for you to find out more about that ever elusive ancestor or cousin.
As stated before, the funeral home records themselves have been microfilmed, and the microfilms available at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library in Cynthiana. They may be available through interlibrary loan from the University of Kentucky via interlibrary loan or a visit to the library at U.K. in Lexington, but of either of the last two "facts" I am not absolutely sure. As the staff at the Cynthiana library does not take photocopy requests by mail, it will require a personal visit or the hiring of a researcher to lookup the record.
Many are the virtues of having had this valuable resource preserved and made accessible to the public, for which everyone should be grateful. Many thanks to those who had the foresight to preserve them.
Until later, "Good Luck" with your research,
An RAOGK Volunteer (www.raogk.org) for Harrison County, Ky.
Other Kentucky volunteers can be found at www.raogk.org/kentucky.htm.
Web editor of www.HarrisonCountyKy.US, where a local history & genealogy buffs come to discover & learn about Harrison County, Kentucky:
Be sure to take in the following subsites:
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/marriages (County marriage indexes for 1794-1947; over 40,000 names!)
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/1882-history (The text of Wm. H. Perrin's 1882 history of the county)
www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/chronicles-of-cynthiana (The text of Lucinda Boyd's history)
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Looking for any info on one of John Harvey Gray and Margaret Hopkins
Katty born AUG-1884 in Myers Nicholas County, KY
Found here on sensus of Ohio County, KY
She was living with a family John Bluckerburger list as a cousin. She was 16
Port of Cromawall house 242 family 261.
Thank for your time and trouble.
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