The TXGenWeb
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  Last Updated
July 10, 2007
Texas Genealogy & History
"...the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic..."

- from the Texas Declaration of Independence, 2 March 1836
 

The History of The TXGenWeb Project
1996  Spring       A group of genealogist led by Jeff Murphy organizes the Kentucky
                   Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project, which evolves into the
                   KYGenWeb Project.
                   
1996  June         The KYGenWeb Project nears 100% county coverage. Interested
                   volunteers decide to create a similar set of pages for all states,
                   establishing The USGenWeb Project. By July of 1996 most states were
                   online with state homepages

1996  June/July    Ed Hayden answers the call for volunteers, adopts Texas and
                   becomes the first state coordinator of The TXGenweb Project.
                   He sets a state web site and templates for all county web sites and
                   begins to recruit volunteers to adopt the county projects.
                   
1996  July         Ed Hayden, forced with a move to Russia for business decides that
                   he will be unable to continue as state coordinator he turns the
                   position over to Mike Basham. Mike is coordinator for Dallas County
                   and becomes the second state coordinator of The TXGenWeb Project.
                   Ed's move is delayed until late September and he continues to
                   work with Mike to get the project established.
                   
1996  Sept 21      State Coordinator Mike Basham and Ed Hayden host a TXGenWeb Project
                   Seminar in Dallas, Texas to educate current and potential Texas 
                   County Coordinators. Meetings of this type will continue to be a 
                   semi annual event.

1996  Oct 24       Mike Basham announces a lookup policy for The TXGenWeb Project. It
                   is the same policy that USGenWeb Project National Coordinator John
                   Rigdon has published for the USGenWeb Project.  It instructs that
                   all lookups should be acceptable under US Copyright laws for "fair 
                   use"

1996  Oct 28       Mike Basham announces that 155 of 254 counties have been adopted.

1996  December     Mike Basham announces the County of the Week program to showcase
                   outstanding county sites. A similar program had been started by
                   USGenWeb a few weeks earlier. The County of the Week program 
                   would become the County of the Month Award by February 1997.

1996  Dec 8        Lamar County and CC Betsy Mills is named the first TXGenWeb
                   County of the Week.

1996  Dec 13       Mike Basham announces that 200 of 254 counties have been adopted.

1997  January      The first logo for The TXGenWeb Project is adopted. The logo is 
                   designed by Trey Holt. The unofficial logo that many counties were
                   using had a simple web design and the text "GenWeb". It is 
                   discovered that the term "GenWeb" and the logo are trademarked and
                   owned by Gary Hoffman and the GenWeb Foundation. The Genweb 
                   Foundation first used the term to describe the system of linked
                   genealogy databases in April 1994. The GenWeb Foundation requests
                   that the USGenWeb Project and its state projects cease using the 
                   term and logo. A call goes out to make sure that all USGenWeb
                   members use the correct terminology to include "US" or the two 
                   letter abbreviation for their state before "GenWeb" when referring
                   to the project.
                   
1997   Mar 27      Mike Basham announces that 231 of 254 counties have been adopted.

1997   Jun 12      Mike Basham announces a push for TXGenWeb Project volunteers to 
                   transcribe the 1850 Census for Texas and make it available online.
                   
1997   Jun 27      Mike Basham announces that 240 of 254 counties have been adopted.

1997   Jul 17      Mike Basham announces that an Internet chat is going to occur 
                   Sunday evening July 20 at 8:00 pm Central Time. He says, "If it 
                   works out and we feel that it is a productive thing to do, we might
                   schedule this chat session on a regular basis.
                   
1997   Sept 13-15  Mike Basham invites Trey Holt to become the Assistant State
                   Coordinator on Saturday, Sept 13. Trey Holt accepts the position on
                   Sunday, Sept 14 in an e-mail to Mike Basham. Monday morning, Sept 15
                   Mike Basham announces that Trey Holt has accepted the assistant
                   coordinator position.
                   
1997   Sept 15     TXGenWeb Project State Coordinator Mike Basham suffers a heart
                   attack and dies while playing tennis in Dallas, Texas.
                   
1997   Sept 16     Megan Zurawicz, The USGenWeb Project National Coordinator, invites
                   Trey Holt to assume the State Coordinator position for The TXGenWeb
                   Project. In the early days of the project before the bylaws it is
                   rare to hold an election for a coordinator position. Generally these
                   are appointed positions.
                   
1997   Sept 16-17  Trey Holt asks the TXGenWeb Project volunteers via the state mailing
                   list if they support him in taking over the position of state
                   coordinator. Based on support from the volunteers Trey Holt becomes
                   the Third State Coordinator of The TXGenWeb Project.
                   
1997   Sept 17     The TXGenWeb Project web site moves from its old location at chrysalis.org to
                   a temporary site until permanent space can be obtained.
                   
1997   Sept 19     The TXGenWeb Project web site moves to its new location at rootsweb.com.

1997   Sept 22     The County of the Month award is renamed "The Mike Basham Memorial
                   County of the Month Award" to honor the late state coordinator.
                   
1997   Oct 3-4     Trey Holt announces the appointments of Lela Evans as Orphan County
                   Director and Carla & Billy Clifton as New Coordinator Liaisons. These 
                   new positions are the first functioning assistant coordinators for
                   The TXGenWeb Project. The New Coordinator Liaison position later
                   becomes the Mentor Director.
                   
1997   Oct 27      The USGenWeb Project query system at dsenter.com goes offline and 
                   county coordinators are forced to come up with alternate methods
                   of handling queries for their counties. The USGenWeb Project
                   officers announce that a new query system will be researched and
                   if necessary a new system will be developed. Until that time
                   volunteers will have to come up with their own alternative.

1997   Nov 6       CCHelper, the first of several query alternatives is introduced by 
                   Jim Murphy of Austin Texas. It uses a mail merge system to either
                   have queries e-mailed to you or have them "written" directly to a
                   file at the county site. Setting of the files for CCHepler prove
                   to be difficult for some but the system works well and is well
                   received. Many counties adopt this system.

1997   Nov 7       Trey Holt announces the appointments of regional directors and the 
                   state counties are divided into 5 regions. The placement of some 
                   counties into certain regions drew some complaints but the divisions
                   were made more on equal proportions and less on geographical ares.
                   Among the first regional directors are Kay Bradley, Dana Thomas,
                   John Quigley, and Barry Best.
                   
                   The regional directors are to canvass their counties on a regular 
                   basis and help maintain a closer communication with their counties
                   than the state coordinator is able to do. This organization has
                   mixed results and eventually the regional director positions are
                   dissolved and the canvassing duties are absorbed into the successful
                   surfing committee that evaluates counties for the county of the
                   month award.
                   
1997   December    The TXGenWeb Project staff first discusses idea of having regular
                   roll calls for volunteers. The consensus of the discussion is that
                   having regular roll calls is a good idea to promote communication
                   and it is thought that it will be a good tool for assessing the 
                   status of volunteer involvement. It increasingly becoming a problem
                   of not being able to determine the status of some volunteers and
                   their county web site. It is also discussed that a process for
                   determining when a web site is in an "abandoned" state should also
                   be formulated.
                   
1997   December    1997 Counties of the Month were:
                   January:   Lamar County
                   February:  Brazos County
                   March:     San Augustine County
                   April:     Llano County
                   May:       Palo Pinto County
                   June:      Crosby County
                   July:      San Jacinto County
                   August:    Cass County
                   September: Austin County
                   October:   Fannin County
                   November:  Blanco County
                   December:  Zapata County
                   
1998   Mar 12      Nancy Trice announces the new USGW Query System. The system is a 
                   bulletin board forum system. Boards are set up for all counties
                   in the United States and volunteers are urged to adopt their county
                   board. They must adopt their board by a certain date. After that all
                   un adopted boards are made available to the public.
                   
1998   Mar 24      Barry Best agrees to take over the Mentor program at the request of
                   Carla Clifton.
                   
1998   Apr 25,26   The 2nd semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in College Station, Texas at the Ramada Inn. 
                   
1998   Apr 27      The name of the USGWQuery System changes to GenConnect.

1998   August      The first mandatory roll call of volunteers is announced. All
                   volunteers are asked to check in with their regional director. It
                   is announced that roll calls will be held every two months.
                   
1998   December    1998 Counties of the Month were:
                   January:   Bell County
                   February:  Navarro County
                   March:     Gregg County
                   April:     Johnson County
                   May:       Shelby County
                   June:      No Winner Named
                   July:      Hood County
                   August:    Dallas County,   Linda-Jeanne Dolby Coordinator
                   September: No Winner Named
                   October:   Dickens County,
                   November:  No Winner Named
                   December:  No Winner Named

1999   Feb 5,6     The 3rd semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Tyler, Texas. A welcome dinner is held on Friday night at the 
                   First Baptist Church. The main meeting on Saturday occurs at the 
                   Carnegie Local History Center in downtown Tyler.
                   
1999   Mar 16      State Coordinator Trey Holt announces that The TXGenWeb Project has
                   been accepted as a partner society of The Texas State Genealogical
                   Society. This relationship continues for a couple of years until
                   the State Coordinator fails to renew the dues.
                   
1999   May 21      The Surfing Committee takes over the selection of the County of the
                   Month. Up until this point the committee has selected finalists and
                   the State Coordinator has picked the winner. The committee drafts
                   guidelines that their selections will be based upon.
                   
1999   May 22      Lela Evans moves Orphan Co Director to Mentor Program Director.
                   The program is subdivided into helpers for new coordinators and
                   advisors with knowledge about a particular area that can aide
                   in that area.
                   
2000   January     Coke County and Coordinator Mary Love Berryman is named 1999 TXGenWeb
                   Project County of the Year. This is the first year a county of
                   the year is selected from the monthly winners.
                   
                   1999 Counties of the Month
                   January:   Erath County
                   February:  No Winner Named
                   March:     Rusk County
                   April:     No Winner Named
                   May:       Limestone County
                   June:      No Winner Named
                   July:      Henderson County
                   August:    Smith County
                   September: Panola County,
                   October:   Van Zandt County,
                   November:  Coke County, Mary Love Berryman, CC
                   December:  Williamson County

2000   April 29    The 4th semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Lancaster, Texas at Cedar Valley College.
                   
2000   July 9      State Coordinator Trey Holt announces that Dana Thomas has accepted
                   his request to become Assistant State Coordinator.
                   
2000   Sep 25      A new TXGenWeb Project logo is announced. It became necessary to redesign
                   the official logo because the old logo did not reflect the proper form
                   of the project name. Elements of the old logo were incorporated into
                   the new logo by designer Trey Holt.

2000   October     Kimm Antell becomes Orphan County Director.

2001   January     Frio County and Coordinator John Hawley is named 
                   2000 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
                   
                   2000 Counties of the Month
                   January:   Burnet County
                   February:  Lampassas County
                   March:     Red River County
                   April:     Fannin County
                   May:       Frio County, John Hawley, CC
                   June:      Clay County
                   July:      Lamar County
                   August:    Aransas County
                   September: Gregg County,
                   October:   Bowie County,
                   November:  Kaufman County
                   December:  Wilbarger County

2001   Apr 27-28   The 5th semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Atlanta, Texas. The meeting is hosted by the Cass County
                   Genealogical Society and is attended by several members of the
                   Society.
                   
2001   June        Rootsweb and Ancestry merge their respective county query boards.
                   Many county coordinators are unhappy and express their outrage
                   to this unilateral move by MyFamily.com the parent company of 
                   Rootsweb and Ancestry. Coordinators are no longer able to edit 
                   queries posted to the boards.
                   
2001   Oct 16      Bage Neimeyer, age 62 of Bowie, Texas and County Coordinator for
                   Clay Co dies in Bowie, Texas.
                   
2002   Jan 5       Bosque County and Coordinator Bettie Wood is named 
                   2001 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
                   
                   2001 Counties of the Month
                   January:   Parker County, Lela Evans, CC
                   February:  Fannin County, Susan Hawkins, CC
                   March:     Winkler County, Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, CC
                   April:     Runnels County, Terry Jenkins, CC
                   May:       Harrison County, Gail Brown, CC
                   June:      Gillespie County, Wanda Qualls, CC
                   July:      Tyler County, Barbara Dore, CC
                   August:    Kendall County, Catharine Stone Schwarz, CC
                   September: Bosque County, Bettie Wood, CC
                   October:   Lamar County, Betsy Mills, CC
                   November:  Nacogdoches County, Debbie Wayne, CC
                   December:  Crosby County, Linda Fox Hughes, CC
                   
2002   Apr 24      Wanda Lovell, former County Coordinator for Moore, Deaf Smith,
                   Hockley, Cochran, Terry, and Lamb Counties dies.
                   
2002   Aug 10      James Lantrip, 73, of Merkel Texas, dies. He was the former County
                   Coordinator for Taylor, Jones, Fisher, and Nolan Counties.
                   
2002   Sep 11      Dana Thomas resigns as Surfing Group Coordinator. Kimm Antell takes
                   over in the Interim.
                   
2002   Sep 18      Dana Thomas resigns as Assistant State Coordinator. Dana continues
                   as the coordinator of Cass County.
                   
2002   Sep 28      Trey Holt announces his resignation as TXGenWeb State Coordinator
                   effective as soon as a new State Coordinator is elected.

2002   Oct 1       John Dillon, 66, of Corpus Christi, Texas dies in Corpus Christi.
                   He was former County Coordinator of Nueces County.
                   
2002   Oct 16      Nominations for TXGenWeb State Coordinator begin and continue
                   until October 31. This is the first time the state coordinator
                   is elected in The TXGenWeb Project. Before this time the state
                   coordinator has been appointed.
                   
2002   Nov 4       State Coordinator Nominations are announced.
                   Kimm Antell - Accepted
                   Charlene Beachamp - Declined
                   Mary Love Berryman - Declined
                   Joe Deaver - Declined
                   Trey Holt - Declined
                   Gloria Mayfield - Accepted
                   David Morgan - Accepted
                   The election is scheduled Nov 8 through Nov 17.
                   
2002   Nov 10      The election committee announces a delay in the start of the election
                   due to a problem forwarding the voter list to the programmer.
                   
2002   Nov 12      Kimm Antell withdraws from the State Coordinator election.
                   David Morgan and Gloria Mayfield are the remaining candidates.
                   

2002   Nov 15      The State Coordinator Election begins and continues until
                   November 25, 2002.
                   
2002   Nov 25      David Morgan is elected the 4th State Coordinator of the TXGenWeb
                   Project. The vote is 58 for David Morgan and 46 for Gloria Mayfield.
                   
2002   Nov 26      State Coordinator David Morgan announces his new staff.
                   Bettie Wood, Assistant State Coordinator
                   Betsy Mills, Assistant State Coordinator
                   Shirley Cullum, Assistant State Coordinator
                   Kimm Antell, Webmaster
                   Lela Evans, Annual Meeting Coordinator
                   Joe Deaver, Weekly Chat Coordinator
                   Gina Heffernan, Family Group Sheet Project Coordinator
                   
2003   January     Refugio County and Coordinator Rena McWilliams is named 
                   2002 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
                   
                   2002 Counties of the Month were:
                   January:   Upshur County
                   February:  Shelby County
                   March:     Henderson County
                   April:     Grayson County
                   May:       Bell County
                   June:      Fayette County
                   July:      Refugio County, Rena McWilliams, CC
                   August:    Coryell County
                   September: Wise County
                   October:   Hidalgo County
                   November:  Clay County
                   December:  Live Oak County

2003   Jun 27,28   The 6th semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Austin, Texas. A tour of the State Archives is held on Friday 
                   and the main meeting is held at the REJ Conference Center.
                   
2003   December    TXGenweb Archives Project Coordinator David Morgan announces
                   that Lola Withrow is the new TXGenWeb Project Archives Coordinator.
                   
2004   Jan 5       Kaufman County and Coordinator Abby Balderama is named 
                   2003 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.

                   2003 Counties of the Month
                   January:   Andrews County, Teri Ramsey, CC
                   February:  Bosque County, Bettie & Bob Wood, CC's
                   March:     Upshur County, Sharon Pierce & Elaine Martin, CC's
                   April:     Tom Green County, 
                   May:       Val Verde County, Teri Brown, CC
                   June:      Grimes County
                   July:      Donley County, LaRae Hasley-Brooks & Eireann Brooks, CC's
                   August:    Panola County
                   September: Red River County, Cynthia Samples, CC
                   October:   Gregg County, Elaine Martin & Sharon Pierce, CC's
                   November:  Henderson County
                   December:  Kaufman County, Abby Balderama, CC

2004   Jan 13      Ray Weathers, 68, of Hamilton, Texas dies in Temple, Texas.
                   He was a long time coordinator of the Hamilton County project.
                   
2004   March       Mrs. Karen Kay Glass Ingargiola, long time supporter and volunteer
                   for the Cass Co Project dies.
                   
2004   Apr 2-3     The 7th semi Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Dallas, Texas. 
                   
2004   May 1-5     State Coordinator David Morgan announces that Hutchinson, Jasper,
                   Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, & Tyler counties are avail bale for
                   adoption. All of these counties are coordinated by Barbara Dore.
                   A coordinator speaks to Barbara Dore on the phone and reports
                   that she has had serious family medical problems and has not been
                   able to respond to e-mails. Many requests are posted to the state
                   mailing list for the counties to be restored to Barbara. David
                   Morgan explains that she has not responded to coordinator roll
                   calls for many quarters and the sites have not been updated for
                   quite some time. He states that if she will contact him they will
                   work something out.
                   
2004   May 5       State Coordinator David Morgan announces that Barbara Dore's
                   counties have been restored. He also announces in the same message
                   that vote counters are being selected for a State Coordinator
                   election and that nominations will begin shortly.

2004   May 6       Nominations for State Coordinator begin and continue through May 13.

2004   May 13      Nominations are concluded for State Coordinator and the election
                   period begins. Nominees for SC are Shirley Cullum, Bettie Wood,
                   and Betsy Mills. It is announced that the one with the most 
                   votes wins. No run offs.
                   
2004   May 21      Bettie Wood is elected the 5th State Coordinator of the TXGenWeb
                   Project. The vote is 37 for Bettie Wood, 36 for Shirley Cullum,
                   and 28 for Betsy Mills.
                   
2004   Jul 14      State Coordinator Bettie Wood announces the new project staff.
                   Elaine Martin, Assistant Coordinator
                   Shirley Cullum, Assistant Coordinator
                   Lela Evans, Annual Meeting Coordinator
                   Kimm Antell, Weekly Chat Coordinator
                   Carla Clifton, Mentor Coordinator
                   
2004   Jul 14      Leigh Compton and Kimm Antell announce the TXGenWeb virtual 
                   schoolhouse for the posting of tutorials and developer aides.
                   
2004   Jul 24      Donna Brand, 59, of Cleburne dies. She was the former coordinator
                   of the Palo Pinto Project.
                   
2004   Oct 7       The TXGenWeb Postcard Project becomes an official TXGenWeb special project.
                   Jan Cortez is named as the Coordinator.
                   
2004   Dec 2       The TXGenWeb Project County Hall of Fame Announced.
                   This new award begins on January 1, 2005. All counties that have won
                   the County of the Month award 3 times will be automatically added to 
                   the Hall of Fame. Kimm Antell designs a special County Hall of Fame
                   logo for each member to display. Counties in the Hall of Fame will
                   not be eligible again for the COM award unless a new CC takes over
                   the county, but will be eligible in each year's County of the Year
                   nominations. 
                   The new award will have 2 effects:
                   1) It will give more counties a chance at the COM 
                   2) It will encourage Hall of Fame counties to continue to update 
                      information and improve.
                   
                   Initial Members of the Hall of Fame are:
                   Bosque County:     Bettie Wood
                   Henderson County:  Bunny Freeman & Holli Kees
                   Fannin County:     Susan Hawkins
                   Upshur Couunty:    Elaine Martin & Sharon Pierce

2004   Dec 20      The state mailing list TXGen-L is placed on temporary moderated
                   status for the first time. Discussion of non TXGenweb Project issues
                   is cited for the reason for the moderated status.
                   The list continued on moderated status until early January 2005.
                                      
                   2004 Counties of the Month
                   January:   Grayson County
                   February:  Colorado County
                   March:     Upshur County
                   April:     Brooks County 
                   May:       Navarro County
                   June:      Hockley County
                   July:      Bosque County
                   August:    Brown County
                   September: Fannin County
                   October:   Henderson County
                   November:  Burnet County
                   December:  Orange County
				   
2005   Jan 12      Fannin County and Coordinator Susan Hawkins is named 
                   2004 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
				   
2005   Mar 1       Grayson County named February County of the Month and is entered into the
                   TXGenWeb Project County Hall of Fame. Susan Hawkins Coordinator.
				   
2005   Apr 22-23   The 8th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Galveston, Texas at the Rosenberg Library. 

2005   May 1       Gregg County named April County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Sharon Pierce & Elaine Martin Coordinators.

2005   Jul 1       Navarro County named June County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Ed Williams and Barbara Knox Coordinators.

2005   Sep 24      Hurricane Rita makes landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border as a Category 3
                   hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.
		
2005   Sep 26      State Coordinator Bettie Wood calls for a special voluntary roll call to find out
                   if all of the TXGenWeb Project volunteers are doing ok. Hurricane rita caused mass 
                   evacuations and power outages in Southeast Texas.	
				   
2005   Oct 4       William Grant Bost dies at age 58 in Killeen TX. Bill, as he was known in the project,
                   started the Bell County site for The TXGenWeb Project and continued until he 
                   turned the county over to Joe Deaver in October 1999. Bill continued to make 
                   contributions to the site for several years.
				   
2005   Oct 31      Panola County named County of the Month. Later that day it is announced that Panola
                   is not eligible because they had just won the award in July. The guidelines for the 
                   award stipulate a six month ineligibility period after being awarded the COM.
                   Johnson County is named the new October County of the Month.
				   			    
                   2005 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Grimes County,   Eleanor Colson Coordinator
                   February:   Grayson County,  Susan Hawkins Coordinator
                   March:      Victoria County, Jack & Cynthia Buttram Coordinators
                   April:      Gregg County,    Sharon Pierce & Elaine Martin Coordinators
                   May:        Marion County,   Connie Draper & Dana Thomas Coordinators
                   June:       Navarro County,  Ed Williams and Barbara Knox Coordinators
                   July:       Panola County,   Angela Weaver, Marylee Knight, & Barbara Bonner Coordinators
                   August:     Bastrop County,  Tammy Owen Coordinator
                   September:  Harrison County, Elaine Martin, & Sharon Pierce Coordinators
                   October:    Johnson County,  Wes Collins Coordinator
                   November:   Orange County,   Shirley Cullum Coordinator
                   December:   Wharton County,  Teri Brown Coordinator
				   
2006   Jan 3       Grayson County and Coordinator Susan Hawkins is named 
                   2005 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
				   
2006   Jan 30      Kaufman County named January County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Abby Balderama, Kathey Hunt & Justin Sanders Coordinators.
				   
2006   Apr 1-2     The 9th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Lancaster, Texas at the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library.

2006   Apr 2       State Coordinator Bettie Wood announces that the project leadership, after several
                   months of discussion, decided to allow a second TXGenWeb Project county site for
                   Floyd County. Both websites will be surfed independently of the other, & if one of 
                   the sites happens to win COM, the CC will be announced so there will no confusion as 
                   to which one has won. The two coordinators have two very different ways of site 
                   management and it is decided that both are valuable. This is a one time decision
                   and not a change in project policy.
				   
2006   Apr 4       State Coordinator Bettie Wood announces that Floyd County once again has only one 
                   site and coordinator. Longtime Floyd County coordinator Janet Milam resigns over
                   the controversy and Clarissa Lloyd is the new coordinator. The two website 
                   decision for Floyd County generates about 100 postings to the project
                   mail list discussing this controversial and unprecedented decision.
				   
2006   Apr 3       State Coordinator Bettie Wood solicits feedback from the TXGenWeb Project membership
                   regarding the addition of a provision to the guidelines calling for regular
                   State Coordinator elections. 
				   
2006   Jul 25      State Coordinator Bettie Wood announces the August roll call.  In addition to checking
                   in she asks members to decide if The TXGenWeb Project should have regular State
                   Coordinator elections and if so how often.	
				   
2006   Aug 30      Orange County named August County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Shirley Cullum & Elaine Stone Coordinators.		
				   
2006   Sep 9       Results of the referendum on State Coordinator elections announced. It is
                   added to the project guidelines that The TXGenWeb Project will have State Coordinator
                   elections every two years. 	
				   
2006   Sep 25      Beginning October 1st, Nominations are accepted the TXGenWeb State Coordinator
                   election.  The nomination period is October 1 through October 7th followed by a 
                   campaign period from the 10th through 21st. Voting is expected to begin Oct 22nd,
                   & end the 28th.  The new SC will take their seat November 1st.
                   In the event of only one nominee, there will still be a voting period, with the 
                   new State Coordinator to take their seat November 1, 2006.  
                   Every even year (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.) an election will be held, with the "new"
                   State Coordinator taking their seat November 1st.
				   
2006   Oct 19      Shirley Cullum, Elaine Martin, Trey Holt, & Bettie Wood are nominated for 
                   State Coordinator. Only Shirley Cullum accepts the nomination and is announced
                   as the 6th TXGenWeb Project State Coordinator. She officially takes office
                   November 1, 2006.
				   
2006   Oct 21      New State Coordinator elect Shirley Cullum announces that Elaine Martin and Bettie
                   Wood will serve as assistant state coordinators and Peggy Tebbets is the new Surfing
                   Committee Chairperson.
   				   
                   2006 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Kaufman County,  Abby Balderama, Kathey Hunt & Justin Sanders Coordinators
                   February:   Brewster County, Peggy Trammell Allen Coordinator
                   March:      Colorado County, Dorothy Albrecht Coordinator
                   April:      Nolan County,    Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   May:        Kendall County,  Catharine Schwartz Coordinator
                   June:       Houston County,  Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   July:       Hunt County,     Shirley Cullum Coordinator
                   August:     Orange County,   Shirley Cullum & Elaine Stone Coordinators
                   September:  Parker County,   Lela Evans Coordinator
                   October:    Fayette County,  Rox Ann Johnson Coordinator
                   November:   Nacogdoches County, Douglas Anderson Coordinator
                   December:   Bell County,     Joe Deaver & Mary Duke Coordinators
				   
2007   Jan 8       Colorado County and Coordinator Dorothy Albrecht is named 
                   2006 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
				   
2007   Mar 27      State Coordinator Shirley Cullum announces that a website header 
                   competition is being held for the TXGenWeb Project website.
				   
2007   Apr 13-14   The 10th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Austin, Texas at Towne Hall on the campus of the University of Texas.
				   
2007   May 28      5 & 10 year service awards are announced for coordinators. A graphic
                   that may be displayed on the county website is sent to each recipient.
				   
2007   Jul 1       The website header designed by Teri Brown is announced as the winning entry.				   

2007   Oct 12      Mrs. Bobbie Jean Ross, 71 of Gatesville passed away. Mrs Ross
                   was the long time coordinator for Coryell and Hamilton counties.	
				   
                   2007 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Medina County,   Margaret Simpson-Meyer Coodinator
                   February:   Yoakum County,   Jim Webb Coordinator
                   March:      Burnet County,   JoAnn Myers Coordinator
                   April:      Houston County,  Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   May:        Menard County,   Alicia Brown Coordinator
                   June:       Bandera County,  Susan Hawkins Coordinator
                   July:       Van Zandt County Betty Miller and Betty Phillips Coordinators    
                   August:     Falls County     Kay Cunningham Coordinator
                   September:  Rockwall County  Kathey Kelley Hunt Coordinator
                   October:    Nolan County     Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   November:   Refugio County   Rena McWilliams Coordinator
                   December:   Harrison County  Elaine Martin and Etta Withers Coordinators
				   
2008   Jan 7       Refugio County and Coordinator Rena McWilliams is named 
                   2007 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
				   
2008   Mar 7       A poll os presented to project volunteers in response to Rootsweb branding
                   all hosted pages with a corporate banner.  The question is asked whether
                   to move the TXGenWeb site off of Rootsweb to a paid site. Ultimatley TXGenWeb
                   moves to a paid server and many counties follow suit. Many other state
                   projects also leave Rootsweb/Ancestry for new server/ISP's. 
				   
2008   Mar 13      The Generations Network announced that Rootsweb.com is being transplanted 
                   onto the Ancestry.com domain.
				   
2008   Mar 26      The USGenWeb project announces that the projects national pages are now hosted
                   on ixwehosting.  This marks a move from Rootsweb for the national site. 		
				   
2008   Apr  2      Grimes County coordinator Eleanor Colson entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame based on the February County of the Month award.				   			   
				   
2008   Apr 12-13   The 11th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Wichita Falls on the campus of Midwestern State University.                                                       
                   It is announced that the 2009 meeting will be in Conroe.	
				   
2008   May  1      Nacogdoches County named April County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Douglas Anderson Coordinator.
				   
2008   Jun  1      Panola County named May County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Marylee Knight and Shirley Cullum Coordinators.			
				   
2008   Jun  6      An announcement is made that donations are requested for the TXGenWeb Domain/
                   Server Costs Fund to support the costs associated with paying for server hosting.
                   Donations may be made via PayPal.	
				   
2008   Sep  3      Shirley Cullum, State Coordinator announces a call for nominations for the bi-annual
                   state coordinator election.  Elaine Martin and Bettie Wood are in charge of the election.
				   
2008   Sep  7      Elaine Martin withdraws from the election committee.	Greta Thompson (IA), Emmett Mason (UT),
                   and Debbie Gerischer (IA) are announced to handle the election. 
				   
2008   Sep 11      Gulf Coast residents begin evacuating in advance of Hurricane Ike.  		

2008   Sep 13      Hurricane Ike makes landfall near Galveston as a Cat 2 hurricane. Ike causes devastation
                   from the Louisiana coast to Kenedy County Texas. Coordinators begin to check in
                   and telling their stories. Widespread power outages occur across eastern Texas 
                   as a result of the hurricane.
				   
2008   Sep 14      Due to Hurricane Ike the state coordinator election is postponed until at least Oct 1.	

2008   Sep 30      Colorado County named September County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Dorothy Albrecht Coordinator.	
				   
2008   Nov  7      Election committee anounces that only Shirley Cullum has been nominated for
                   state coordinator. Shirley Cullum is re-elected state coordinator for 2 more years.	      
				   
                   2008 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Cherokee County  Kaye Slover and Gordon Bennett Coordinators
                   February:   Grimes County    Eleanor Colson Coordinator
                   March:      Houston County   Billie Nichols Bennett
                   April:      Nacogdoches County  Douglas Anderson
                   May:        Panola County    Marylee Knight and Shirley Cullum
                   June:       Angelina County  Carla Karbowski Clifton Coordinator
                   July:       Lavaca County    Rox Ann Johnson Coordinator   
                   August:     Delta County     Dee Welborn and Betsy Mills Coordinators
                   September:  Colorado County  Dorothy Albrecht Coordinator
                   October:    Rockwall County  Shirley Cullum Coordinator
                   November:   Medina County    Margaret Meyer Simpson Coordinator
                   December:   Hunt County      Shirley Cullum Coordinator
				   
2009   Jan  7      Houston County and Coordinator Billie Nichols Bennett is named 
                   2008 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.	
				   
2009   Jan 19      Longtime county coordinator and project volunteer Bettie Wood
                   resigns from the project. Bettie served as a Surfer, 
                   County Coordinator, State Coordinator, Assistant State Coordinator, 
                   representative on the National Advisory Board and in many 
                   other capacities.
				   
2009   Jan 31      Dorothy Albrecht of LaGrange, CC of Colorado County for 7 years, passed away. 

2009   Feb 18      Call for design submissions goes out for a new look for the State website.
				   
2009   Apr 18-19   The 12th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Conroe at the Montgomery County Library.  The Montgomery 
                   County Library System and the Montgomery County Coordinators 
                   sponsor the meeting. Waco is selected as the 2010 site.
				   
2009   Apr 29      Jane Keppler becomes 2nd Assistant State Coordinator.

2009   May  1      Van Zandt County named April County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Betty Miller and Betty Phillips Coordinators.	
				   
2009   Jul  1      Nolan County named June County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator.	
				   
2009   Sep  1      Medina County named August County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Margaret Meyer Simpson Coordinator.	

2009   Oct 10      Call for recipes issued for the TXGenWeb 2010 Cookbook.
				   
                   2009 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Garza County       Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   February:   Victoria County    Jack and Cynthia Buttram Coordinators
                   March:      Montgomery County, Jane Keppler and Jean Huot Smoorenburg CC's
                   April:      Van Zandt County   Betty Miller and Betty Phillips Coordinators
                   May:        Llano County       Deb and DJ Pitts Coordinators
                   June:       Nolan County       Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   July:       Brewster County    Peggy Trammell Allen Coordinator   
                   August:     Medina County      Margaret Meyer Simpson Coordinator
                   September:  Clay County        Vicki Shaffer Coordinator
                   October:    Tarrant County     Barbara Knox and Rob Yoder Coordinators
                   November:   Bee County         Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinaotr
                   December:   Jim Hogg County    Amber Davidson Coordinator
				   
2010   Jan  5      Victoria County and Coordinators Jack and Cynthia Buttram is named 
                   2009 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.	
				   
2010   Jan  9      Aurale "Lee" Huff, long-time CC of Gonzales & Caldwell Counties, passed away.

2010   Mar 12      Dana Thomas resigns as county coordinator of Cass County after 12 years.
				   
2010   Apr 17-18   The 13th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Waco at the Ramada Inn.  
				
2010   May 17      A new TXGenWeb award called The Dedicated CC Award is announced that 
                   will be presented to CC's in the project. The Dedicated CC Award will 
                   be given to 2 CC's each month to show appreciation for their dedication 
                   and hard work. 
				   
2010   Jul 31      Victoria County named July County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Jack and Cynthia Buttram Coordinators.	
				   
2010   Sep  9      Sharon Pierce, Co-CC for Upshur, Gregg, Harrison, Marion Counties for 8 years, 
                   CC of Rains County, and in numerous other USGenWeb states passed away. 
				   
2010   Sep 24      Call for nominations for State Coordinator bi-annual election.

2010   Oct  8      Election committee reports that only on candidate was nominated for State
                   Coordinator.  Shirley Cullum is declared the winner and is reelected to
                   another 2 year term.
				   
                   2010 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Matagorda County   Carol Gibbs Coordinator
                   February:   Nueces County      Marti Brown Coordinator  
                   March:      Webb County        Teresa Stewart Sitz Coordinator
                   April:      Garza County       Billie Nichols Bennett Coordinator
                   May:        Haskell County     Shirley Webb Coordinator
                   June:       Reeves County      Luan Alaniz Coordinator
                   July:       Victoria County    Jack and Cynthia Buttrum Coordinators 
                   August:     Kerr County        Shirley Webb Coordinator
                   September:  Angelina County    Billy and Carla Clifton Coordinators
                   October:    Bexar County       Jimmy Epperson Coordinator
                   November:   Wise County        La Darla Keith and Sue Tackel Coordinators
                   December:   Hopkins County     Teresa Stewart Sitz
				   
                   2010 Dedicated CC Award of the Month
                   May:        Wanda Qualls          Darren McCathern
                   June:       Kimm Antell           Tom Graham
                   July:       Lela Evans 
                   August:     Carla and Billy Clifton
                   September:  Eireann Brooks and LaRae Halsey-Brooks
                   October:    Kay Cunningham        Alicia Brown
                   November:   Vickye White
                   December:   Faye Elder
				   
2011   Jan 16      Wise County and Coordinators La Darla Keith and Sue Tackel is named 
                   2010 TXGenWeb Project County of the Year.
				   
2011   Apr  4      Lamar County named March County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Betsy Mills Coordinator.	
				   
2011   May  1      Parker County named April County of the Month and is entered into the TXGenWeb
                   Project County Hall of Fame. Lela Evans Coordinator.	
				   
2011   Apr 29-30   The 14th Annual TXGenWeb Project Meeting of volunteers is held
                   in Paris at the Holiday Inn Express. 
				   
                   2011 Counties of the Month
                   January:    Lipscomb County    Eirann Brooks and LaRae Halsy-Brooks Coordinators
                   February:   Brewster County    Peggy Allen Coordinator
                   March:      Lamar County       Betsy Mills Coordinator
                   April:      Parker County      Lela Evans Coordinator
                   May:        Cherokee Couunty   Kaye Slover and Gene Uzzle Coordinators
                   June:       Montgomery County  Jane Keppler Coordinator
                   July:       Bee County         Billie Nichols Bennett
                   August:     
                   September:  
                   October:    
                   November:   
                   December:   
				   
                   2011 Dedicated CC Award of the Month
                   January:    No Winner Named
                   February:   Gayle Triller
                   March:      Paula Perkins
                   April:      No Winner Named
                   May:        Linda-Jeanne Dolby
                   June:       Norman Lewis Jr
                   July:       Bob Hudspeth
                   August:     Trey Holt
                   September:  
                   October:    
                   November:   
                   December:   
				   
				   
Updated: August 20, 2011

Shirley Cullum, State Coordinator.
The assistant state coordinators are Elaine Martin, & Bettie Wood.

Trey Holt, TXGenWeb Project Historian

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