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Forkland Genealogy and History Research

The Forkland Lincoln Museum is now open on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm. 
Please visit us and enjoy the history and uniqueness of the Forkland Valley and its people. 

For those of you who need help with genealogy, you may receive free help at the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm or by appointment at other times.  There is someone at the center on those Saturdays who can help you with your own genealogy, if you will contact the center and let us know you are coming.  Both the museum and genealogy center are open every Saturday from May 4th - October 26.  For appointments call Wayne Thurman at 859-936-7489 or e-mail him at  You may also e-mail Carolyn Crabtree at


Contact for more information:

Wayne Thurman at

Carolyn Crabtree at

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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. 

Forkland Community Center in Southwestern Boyle County, Kentucky
Located on KY 37, 30 minutes from Danville or Lebanon
Address: 16479 Forkland Road, KY 37
Gravel Switch, KY 40328
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.