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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 11, 2019 from  9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We are getting a late start but the Forkland Genealogy Workshop is a go for May 11, 2019. This is one of the most interesting and fun day you can spend if you love history and/or genealogy.
 We finally have our speakers lined up and day arranged. Below you may click on the links to the Genealogy Workshop Brochure for 2019 and see what we have planned. Please try to be there for
 a great day of research help and information, delicious food and fellowship with others who love history and genealogy.

Genealogy Workshop Brochure 2019 - Outside                                                                     Genealogy Workshop Brochure - inside

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

Reserve May 11, 2019 for a very special day. 
Cost $30 (catered lunch is included) No refunds after May 9th.

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