When Brenda Edwards began writing history and genealogical articles for The Advocate-Messenger in the 1980s, she never thought about publishing them into a book.
However, with the encouragement of friends and readers, and help from the Boyle County Genealogical Association, a new, 186-page book titled “It’s History: from Brenda’s notebook” has been published.
Many photographs also are used to accompany the articles, and others not related to articles were used to fill pages.
It took many years to compile enough articles for the book, and about a year to get the information together, said Edwards.
“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 the area is, and was.
“Being a history teacher, I was pleased to learn not only the depth and breadth of history in the area, but also that people actually cared about it enough to support a weekly newspaper column,” said Denis, who moved a few years ago from Maine to Kentucky.
Carolyn Crabtree, local historian and treasurer of the Boyle Genealogical Association, has begged her for years to put the articles into a book, said Edwards.
“The genealogy group is pleased to support the book project financially with money. (The proceeds we) get from the books we sell (we) keep for publishing books,” said Crabtree.
“The new book was a work of more than 30 years and after much encouragement from from historians and readers, the book has finally arrived.”
The articles are from the 1980s to 2012.
“I’ve enjoyed helping with the book,” said Crabtree. “It was a good lesson for me of how much time it takes to finish books.
Crabtree said the history articles also have helped her and others with sharing information. “When doing research, I use the articles as a resource,” she said.
“Without the articles Brenda has written over the years, much of the history and genealogy of this area would have probably been lost.
“I’m also looking forward to her next book that will include military history.”
“We planned to have it before Christmas, but with delays it appeared at times that was not a possibility,” said Edwards. “The publisher, Walsworth Publishing Co., in Marceline, Mo., and its agent, Don Mills with County Heritage Inc., also made that possible.”
The genealogy group could not have published the book without the permission of Schurz Publishing Co. since the newspaper owns the copyrights.
The cost is $53, which includes tax for each copy, and if mailed, cost is $60, which includes tax, postage and handling. To order a copy, contact the Boyle County Genealogical Association at www.boylekygenealogy.org or call Brenda Edwards at (859) 239-8990.
The Genealogy Association also has two other books for sale.
“Early Days in Danville” by Calvin Fackler and “The Boyle County, Kentucky, Cemetery Records 1792-1992” are available through the website.