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The speaker is a 56-year-old White woman with a college education from Harrodsburg, Kentucky; she was recorded in 1969.

County: Mercer
State: KY

Founded in 1774, Harrodsburg is the oldest permanent settlement in Kentucky and the first English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. The city has a population of around 8,300, and the area???s economy is based on farming and tourism. Fort Harrod (site of Revolutionary War battles in which settlers clashed with Native Americans fighting for the British) and the Dixie Belle riverboat are popular attractions for visitors. In this segment the speaker talks about a topic related to the area???s rich history: genealogy.
Inf: Well, we, uh, do research for people that are interested in tracing their family tree. And uh, many, many people were through Harrodsburg real early in our history that did not live here permanently. Some of them stayed maybe, uh, a week or two, and some maybe stayed a year or two or three and then moved on to Missouri and Kansas and Ohio and Indiana, Illinois. And, uh, another project that we do is to, um, to copy, uh, all the gravestones that we can find in the county that are real old. We have, um, visited about oh, a hundred or more family graveyards that we find out in the fields that uh, well sometimes we find them where the stones have been knocked down and where they have been tramped underground partly and just part of ???em sticking up. And we um, clean the stones off and try to copy the inscriptions. And then we???ve also visited, uh, all the church cemeteries and copied the inscriptions off gravestones there. And many of the city cemeteries. And we have at this time two, uh, complete volumes of cemetery records for sale. And two more volumes ready to go to the printers.

FW: Do you find some unusual things written on some of the gravestones?

Inf: Yes, sometimes you do. [Laughter] Uh, we sometimes find where these people came from, uh, some other state, or, uh, country. And sometimes there are uh, funny little, uh, verses about them. Uh, and um???

FW: Can you think of any of these offhand?

Inf: No, I can???t. Uh, then there are some important information sometimes given about them.

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