Norine, The information you have you would proberly have more luck at your end. If Harve's parents were German you could contact Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft, Genealogischer Verbande, (DAGV) Schlosstrasse 12 W-5040 Bruhl, Germany. Bit of a mouthfull. They may have some records or point you in the right direction. There was a lot of German emigration up to the middle of the 1800's If he was born in Kentucky the Office of vital statistics 275 east main st. Frankfort KY 40621 for Births and deaths and ships passenger lists. There is also a Melson in Lexington if you want the address or you may already know.Another good source of information is the Mormans of salt Lake city. And ships passenger list information The National Archives. Atlanta 1557 st. Joseph Avenue, East Point, GA 30344 Includes Kentucky.Good luck. Tom.