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Mel Bishop

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My primary research focus is Harrison County and surrounding areas in central Kentucky. Visit the Harrison County, Kentucky One Place Study for more information. My other primary areas of research are listed below in the Biography section. If I can assist you with anything in these areas, let me know.

Mel Bishop
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Profile last modified | Created 9 Apr 2021 | Last significant change: 20 Mar 2023
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My Research

Mel is researching Harrison County, Kentucky.
I primarily research Harrison County and surrounding areas in central Kentucky, with a focus on the 19th century. I am always interested in (historical) extended family groups, social networks and interactions, with the long-term goal of better understanding migration patterns of my folk to this area. I also have a fascination particularly with the lives of the women in these groups, the career of anyone who wasn't a farmer (which is not many), and discovering more detail about the ones who did farm.

Mel Bishop is a member of the Ruddle's Station, Kentucky, Virginia One Place Study.
Mel Bishop is a member of the Martin's Station, Kentucky, Virginia One Place Study.
Currently I'm spending a week or two each month working on the Harrison County, Kentucky One Place Study, and I've just started a New Sub-Project! If you have connections to this area, would like to participate, or have suggestions or questions, definitely feel free to contact me via message or comment below!

New Projects

New years are always exciting!

Mel Bishop is a member of the Appalachia Project (Central Appalachia Team).
Mel Bishop is a member of the Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harlan, Kentucky One Place Study.
Mel Bishop is a member of the Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky One Place Study.
  • In the year ahead I'll be focusing on the two place studies I coordinate as well. Both are centered in the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

Mel Bishop is a member of the Wolfe Name Study Project.
Mel Bishop is a member of the Ishmael Name Study Project.
Mel Bishop is a member of the Jewett Name Study Project.
Mel is researching Copes Families in Kentucky.
  • I've adopted the Wolfe Name Study and am looking forward to growing the pack. I've also started up a Name Study for Ishmael. And I'm hoping to really dig into Copes and Jewett research in the year ahead.

Other Routine and Occasional Projects

Friday Date Night
I found a date for 91 profiles during Friday Date Night!

You can usually find me sourcing the unsourced, doctoring the data, and finding dates for the dateless in Harrison County and in Appalachia. My other primary areas of interest in the region include Fleming, Lewis, Nicholas and Robertson Counties in Kentucky.

Mar/Apr '23 - Current WIP

  • Do a few RAWK profiles.
  • Harrison County, Kentucky: 1850 Slave Schedules
  • Wolfe ONS: Wolfe Families in 19th century Kentucky
  • Ishmael ONS: Ishmael basic set-up
  • Family focus: Improving, connecting and creating profiles for my 5th generation.
  • Review Settlement School OPS projects and set up for Connect-a-Thon.

Family Progress

Since my living relatives prefer to not be profiled online (regardless of privacy assurances), I'm not connected on WikiTree. You can view my 2nd great-grandparents (5th gen) and previous ancestors in the lists linked below. One day, I will spend more time working on them than other WikiTree projects :-)

7th generation: 32% present on WikiTree.
Current research:
6th generation: 92% present, 27% complete on WikiTree.
Current research:
5th generation: 100% present, 29% complete on WikiTree.
Current research:


Current Favorite Profiles I've Worked On:

Personal Genealogical Firsts Since Joining WikiTree:


Mel Bishop lives in Appalachia.
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Mel Bishop has English ancestors.
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Native Kentuckian (born and living in Kentucky). I did leave for a while, but I came back.
Mel Bishop has Irish ancestors.
Mel is a descendant of colonial Delawareans, Marylanders and Virginians.
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Mel Bishop has Scottish Ancestors.
Mel is a descendant of colonial Connecticuters and Pennsylvanians.
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Mel Bishop has Welsh ancestors.

WikiTree Education

US Black Heritage PATH Graduate
Mel Bishop is a graduate of the USBH Profile Improvement Track on the PATH.
Profile Improvement Voyager
Mel has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2022

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Hey Mel, first thanks for your work on Daniel Tebbs bio. I'm still fairly new and learning how to Wiki. A large portion of my ancestor were from Virginia and migrated Kentucky. I have several non-farmers, as well as farmers, from that region. Some names associated w/ my family are: Willis, Thornton, Taylor, Tebbs, Woodford, Green, Lewis and Smith. If interested, feel free to send me a private message and discuss if I would be of any assistance in your OPS or pointing out persons of interest. Look at Taylor-26870 and see if this is the type of p[rofiles of interest. Thanks Kevin
posted by K Smith
Hey K,

Thanks for reaching out (and apologies for the slow response - things have been hectic lately). The Harrison County, Kentucky study is always thrilled to have new folks who'd like to contribute. Our main study pages Harrison County, Kentucky and Harrison County, Kentucky Place Study list a few of the focus areas currently being worked on. If you'd like to participate with one of these, let me know and I can help get you started. Or if you've got ideas for other areas you'd like to work on, I can also help get you set up with those as well.

WikiTree does take a little learning, but that's half the fun! I'll be glad to help you out in any way I can!

posted by Mel Bishop
Hi Mel, could you make sure, when you re-name a category, that you also create the new category. Editbot cannot change the category on the profiles if the new category doesn't exist. I have done the one you recently sent to be renamed. See this help page,

Many thanks, regards, Margaret, Categorization Project.

Sure thing Margaret! Thanks for letting me know I wasn't doing it right.


posted by Mel Bishop
Glad to read about your interests and projects. And very grateful for your work on Copes ancestors. Jane
posted by Jane (Snell) Copes
Hopefully over the course of this year, the fairly small number of them in Kentucky will get sorted -- and some answers on where they came from and where they went can be found! I'm very glad to know another Copes researcher is working on other branches on WikiTree as well.
posted by Mel Bishop
edited by Mel Bishop
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