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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 13, 2017 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Topics for the day
The Forkland Genealogy and History Workshop is on for May 13, 2017. 
We have some of our speakers committed and our topics chosen for the day. 
The topics will be:

 "Learning How to Read and Use DNA for Research" - Sarah Hamlin Kuchenbrod, DNA researcher

"Who are the Melungeon People, Really?" - Darlene Franklin Campbell, writer and researcher

"Researching Native American Ancestors" - Helen Danser, Chairwoman of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission

A forum with all the speakers will be held as the last event of the day.  Please plan to stay and have questions answered. 
You are welcome to bring your DNA results to have someone help you with it.

More information will be coming soon, but sign up early. Remember that the limited number of participants is 50. 
Pre-registration is required for the catered lunch.

To see a copy of the 2017 flyer, with an application form,  and get an idea of what is planned, click here:
Side 1            Side 2

Reserve May 13, 2017 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

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 September 15, 2015


The Boyle County Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. now 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.



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 $43, which includes tax; if mailed the cost is $53, which includes tax, postage and handling. To order a copy, contact the Boyle County Genealogical Association at 859-516-2028 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 and CDs that the group is selling.


Old Union CemeteryHelp Save Our Historic Cemeteries

Although much is being done preserve our local cemeteries, much more needs to be accomplished.  Please let us know if you are willing to help with the hard, labor intensive work that this demands.  We appreciate any help that can be given.  If you know of a cemetery that needs attention, please let us know.  Also, we need help compiling data bases on these smaller county cemeteries. 

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