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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 also 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.


Forkland Genealogy & History Workshop


Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum
Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The 2018 Genealogy Workshop is honoring our Kentucky Veterans this year.  The speakers will be:

"The Forgotten War: Kentuckians in the War of 1812"

Carolyn Crabtree, a former mathematics and English teacher, now spends her retirement researching and speaking about history and genealogy for her own family and well as
for others who have ancestors from Central Kentucky, Virginia and Western North Carolina.  Over the last 40 years she has written helped compile genealogy books for
the Forkland Community Center Abraham Lincoln Museum.  Carolyn has published articles in several magazines and has created books on the Caldwell family in the
United States and on the McDowell-Shelby-Warren family.

"North and South? Finding Your Kentucky Civil War Ancestor"

Don Rightmyer is a native of Harrodsburg and retired Air Force Veteran who served for 24 years.  He is a lifelong student of the Civil War and especially Kentucky's experience
during the war.  As editor of the Kentucky Ancestors Magazine, a publication from the Kentucky Historical Society, Don integrated genealogical research into his study of the war.
Don will help you find and learn about your Kentucky Civil War relative and whether he wore blue, gray, or butternut.

"Tribute to Valor and Courage -- The World Wars"

Eric "Rick" Lee is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He as commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completing Army ROTC at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  Rick earned a
Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters Degree from Murray State University.  The son of a World War II  and Korean War era veteran, Rick's eight-year
military tenure included assignments in leadership, personnel, and logistics.  He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and
the Third Armored Division.  Rick maintains close ties with World War II organizations as well as former service members throughout the country.  He has also worked with a team on
the Library of Congress' Veteran's Oral History Project.  He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America.  Rick has chronicled many of the stories of America's "Greatest Generation"
in his book, Tribute to Valor and Courage, and he has shared their accomplishment through his presentations in bookstores, churches, schools, retirement homes, libraries, and other venues.
He is currently working on a sequel to this book.

Please sign up early. Remember that the limited number of participants is 50. 
Pre-registration is required for the catered lunch.

To get a copy of the 2018 flyer, with an application form, click here:

2018 Brochure for Forkland Genealogy Workshop 

Reserve May 19, 2018 for a very special day. 
Cost $30 (catered lunch is included) No refunds after May 14th.

Contact for more information:

Wayne Thurman at

Carolyn Crabtree at

Shirley Sheperson by phone at 859-936-2061

To pay on line for registration by Pay Pal, click below


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 January 2017


From our own Stuart Sanders in the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort:

County directories, local histories and postcard images of Kentucky are now available through the Lexington Public
Library’s new Kentucky Room Digital Archives at The initial material begins a move to make
local history resources more widely available. Among the inaugural documents in the Digital Archives are:
• The 1940 Rural Directory of Fayette County
• 55 historic postcard images of Central Kentucky
• The 1896 illustrated program of the Woodland Park Kentucky Chautauqua Assembly.
• A published transcript of Maude Ward Lafferty’s 1917 local history speech, The Town Branch.
• The 1923 songbook, Mountain Ballads for Social Singing
• The 1892 and 1896 Annual Catalogue of Hamilton Female College
The items digitized are housed in the Central Library’s Kentucky Room. As with all the items in the Kentucky Room closed
stacks, they are available for viewing in the Kentucky Room by request. However, librarians expect digitization to make
these rare items more widely available while still safely preserved.
“We have more and more content online, but we’re specifically choosing items that don’t already have an online
presence,” Kentucky Room manager Sarah Hubbard said. “We have people from across the world contacting us for help
with research on local history and genealogy, and this goes a long way toward helping them.”


The Boyle County Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. offers for sale a CD of Bill and Beulah Jones' massive work on Danville's Bellevue Cemetery Records.  The new CD contains more than 14,000 documented and well-researched entries, adding to and correcting the city's records.

Though Bellevue is not the oldest cemetery in the county, many earlier interments have been moved to the Bellevue Cemetery, so Bellevue has become the resting place of many important historical figures in the central Kentucky area, including the members of Judge Samuel McDowell family.  Bill and Beulah Jones have spent several years working on this project by walking the cemetery and building the extensive data base that is now available to the public.  The CD contains a Microsoft Excel file of the records (printable on 8-1/2 by 14 paper), an Adobe PDF version, and explanatory page, and a series of overall and detailed maps of Bellevue.

The cost is $25 which includes taxes, shipping and handling.  If ordered by mail send a check for $25 payable to the Boyle County Genealogical and History Society, Inc. (BCGAS) and mail to Treasurer Carolyn Crabtree, P.O. Box 24, Parksville, KY 40464.





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