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Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.
Danville-Boyle County, Kentucky

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The Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. of Danville, Kentucky, would like to invite you to our meetings every third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless indicated differently on the Calendar page.  The meeting location is the Boyle County Public Library at the corner of Broadway and Third Street, Danville unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome to come hear interesting speakers, members or not.

For those of you who are fans, you will enjoy the group site there called "You may be from Boyle County if ...."  The site contains many old pictures of our county, also with interesting tidbits about schools, people, places and events.  Try it out and see if you don't enjoy it. 


REMEMBER: All dues-paying members of Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. get a 15% discount on any of the books that the group is selling. This discount does apply to Brenda Edward's new book.


To those of you who are interested in receiving our e-mail newsletter every two months, the following memberships are available:  Individual membership - $10, Family Membership - $15, Student membership - $7, and Corporate Sponsor - $100,  For paper copies of the newsletter, please add $5 to cover postage.  Send your membership dues to Carolyn Crabtree, treasurer; Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. (BCGHS); P.O. Box 24, Parksville, KY 40464. 

An example of the newsletter can be read at September 2013 Newsletter


Forkland Genealogy & History Workshop
Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum
Saturday, May 16, 2015  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Speakers for the day

To get a complete two page copy of the Genealogy Workshop Brochure, with speakers list and schedule, click below.
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Remember that the limited number of participants is 50, so get your reservations early. 
Pre-registration is required by May 11. 

 Reserve May 16, 2015 for a very special day. 
Cost $30 (lunch is included) No refunds after May 11th.

Contact for more information:

Wayne Thurman at

Carolyn Crabtree at

Shirley Sheperson by phone at 859-936-2061


MEETING MAY 18, 2015

The group will go to Lancaster to hear Kent Whitworth, Executive Director of the Kentucky History Center, Frankfort, Kentucky. Mr. Whitworth will speak about the relevance of history and its importance in Kentucky communities.  The meeting will be at 7:00pm at the Southern Bank Community Room.



After many years of begging Brenda Edwards to do a book containing her newspaper articles, the book is finally published and available from the Boyle County Genealogical Association.

Brenda Edwards began writing history and genealogical articles for The Advocate-Messenger in the 1980s, and has compiled more than 1500 of her many articles into the book entitled It's History: from Brenda's Notebook.  The articles, covering a time period from the 1980s to 2012, tell personal family histories of people, schools, locations, buildings, churches and memories of the past in Boyle County and the surrounding counties.  The book is fully indexed and contains photographs that were also used to accompany the articles.  Historical photographs not related to the articles were used to fill pages.

"I started reading Brenda’s columns a year before I actually moved to Kentucky,” said Mike Denis, president of the Boyle Genealogical Association. “Her stories and columns, many of which are reproduced in this book, were my first insight into the Boyle County area. It helped me to gauge what kind of community this area is, and was.”

The genealogy group is pleased to support the book project financially with money received from the sell of other books, such as the Boyle County Cemetery Records Book and Fackler's Early Days in Danville.  This money is set aside specifically for the purpose of publishing new books or reprinting books that contain valuable history of Boyle County. 

The genealogy group could not have published the book without the permission of Schurz Publishing Comany, since the newspaper owned the copyrights to the articles.

The cost per copy is $53, which includes tax; if mailed the cost is $60, which includs tax, postage and handling. To order a copy, contact the Boyle County Genealogical Association at (859)  236-1069 or e-mail  You may also call Brenda Edwards at (859) 239-8990.

REMEMBER: All dues-paying members of Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. get a 15% discount on any of the books that the group is selling.


Help Save Our Historic Cemeteries

Old Union CemeteryThose of us who attended the Cemetery Preservation Conference in Perryville in October are very concerned about the condition of our historic Boyle County Cemeteries.  We are planning in the spring to work on some of the cemeteries using the skills that we learned in this conference.  If any of you are interested in helping with the projects, please contact us.  We will be happy to share some of the information we learned with you and help restore private cemeteries that may be located on your own property.  Some restoration work has been started on the Old Union Cemetery and we appreciate the efforts of those who have been doing this important work.  There is still much work that needs to be done in our county to honor those pioneers and citizens who have built this wonderful place to live .

Contact Information:
Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.
Michael Denis, President
P.O. Box 24
Parksville, KY 40464-0125