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Forkland Genealogy and History Research

 

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Forkland Genealogy & History Workshop
Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum
Saturday, May 11, 2019 -- 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



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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 (lunch is included) No refunds after May 7th.

 

Contact for more information:

Wayne Thurman at thurman3394@roadrunner.com

Carolyn Crabtree at ctree1492@ctreeacres.com

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.
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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 gwill@mis.net or Wayne Thurman at thurman3394@roadrunner.com.  Experienced genealogists in the area will meet you at the center to help you.

Some of the many family names are:

  • BERRY
  • EDWARDS
  • MITCHELL
  • SHEPERSON
  • BILBO
  • ELDER
  • MONTGOMERY
  • SHIPLEY
  • BOTTOM
  • ELLIS
  • NOE
  • SINKHORN
  • BRUMFIELD
  • GORLEY
  • OVERSTREET
  • SPARROW
  • CHAMBERS
  • GUTHRIE
  • PARKS
  • TAYLOR
  • COSSAT
  • MAY
  • PENN
  • TERHUNE
  • COYLE
  • McCORD
  • PIPES
  • WHITEHOUSE
  • CRAWFORD
  • McGINNIS
  • PURDOM
  • WILSON
  • CROW
  • MINOR
  • RAWLINGS
  • WOOLDRIDGE

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.

 

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