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Forkland Genealogy and History Research


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 PDF copy of the 2018 flyer, click here:

2018 Brochure for the Workshop 

Reserve May 19, 2018 for a very special day. 
Cost $30 (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

Directions to Forkland Community Center: From Danville, go south on US 127 to the traffic light at Junction City and turn right onto KY 300.  Then just after the railroad tracks turn left onto KY 37 and stay on KY 37 all the way (about 10 miles) to the Community Center on the right.  From Lebanon go east on US68, turn right on KY 243 (Gravel Switch turnoff).  Stay on 243 until KY 243 turns right over the bridge.  Here you should go straight on KY37.  The Community Center is about three miles on the left.  GPS Coordinates for the Forkland Community Center: N37.551286, W084.985209.

In Chapter 6 of Allan W. Eckert's book The Frontiersmen, we find a reference to forty people who accompanied Simon Kenton, the great Frontiersman, back to Kentucky from the Virginia mountains in 1783.  These people eventually settled in the Danville area on land that Simon Kenton gave to them.  These were family members and neighbors of his family who previously lived on small farms in what is now West Virginia.  In the notes section of the book, Eckert tells us that these families were the following surnames: Whitehouse, Laws, Berry, and  McGraw, as well as Kenton and some unknown.  These families settled in what is now called the Forkland area and along the Salt River in Western Boyle County.  The Laws family owned land where the Perryville Battlefield is now located.  Many of the genealogy materials housed at the Forkland Community Center are related to these families and others. 

The area is also where the descendants of very early pioneers live today, including relatives of Abraham Lincoln's grandmother Lucey Shipley Hanks Sparrow.  Genealogies, photographs, and artifacts relating to these families are on display at the Forkland Community Center in the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum and in the Genealogy Room of the Forkland Community Center.  Visitors are welcome to browse these displays and material and do research on their own families at the center.  The center is open May - October on Saturdays from noon - 4pm, during all special events at the center (view the calendar) and by appointment.  To make appointments for times to do research, please contact Pat Williams at or Wayne Thurman at  Experienced genealogists in the area will meet you at the center to help you.

Some of the many family names are:

  • NOE
  • MAY
  • PENN
  • McCORD
  • CROW

We are constantly adding materials for research at the Museum.  Our entire list with the link below was updated April 2018.

For a complete list of family and related files available for research in the Forkland Lincoln Museum library, click here.