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Selection Process

Selection of the “Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame”

The initial Executive Committee shall on or before the Oct. 2016 meeting, select 15 individuals who shall comprise the initial “Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame”. The Executive Committee shall seek nominations for the initial selection of members of the “Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame,” which group may include deceased members.   Annually thereafter, the Executive Committee shall select up to 5 additional members of the “Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame.” Nominees may include Texans who qualified while living in Texas, but have since died or moved out of state.

Annual meeting:

The Annual meeting shall be held each year at the Texas Heritage Societies Annual Meeting, organized and promoted by the Texas Society of Colonial Wars around the third week-end of October annually. This meeting rotates among Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, but meetings may be in other venues. The Executive committee shall meet on the Friday before the annual luncheon meeting.

Initial Diplomat Members:

Initial Diplomat Membership shall be limited to a group of those Texans who have served or are now serving as a national officer, executive committee member or Trustee of a national lineage, heritage, heraldry, or genealogy society; to those who are certified genealogists or who have published one or more books on genealogy/history/ family history; and those who have served as President, Governor or leader of a Texas State organization; Plus have served or is presently serving one or more years as a national officer.

The Founding Executive Committee shall consist of the following[1]:

Founder:

Judge Ed Butler – President General Sons of the American Revolution, 2009-2010; Founder & Charter Grand Viscount General, Order of the Founders of North America 1492-1692

Co-Founders:

Lynn F. Young – President General Daughters of the American Revolution, 2014-2017

Larry Casey – President General Society War of 1812, 2011-2014

John Wylie* – President, Texas Genealogy Society (* Request submitted)

Robert Kendal * – President General Sons of the Republic of Texas (* Request submitted)

Karen Thompson* – President General Daughters of the Republic of Texas (* Request submitted)

Karen McClendon – President General Guild of Colonial Artisans & Tradesmen; President General Sons & Daughters of the Colonial & Antebellum Bench & Bar; & National Guild of St. Margaret of Scotland

Karen Miller – President General Guild of Colonial Artisans & Tradesmen; Plymouth Hereditary Soc.; Order of First Families of Maine; Nat’l Soc. Sons & Daughters of Antebellum Planters; First Families of Conn.; Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry; Order of First Families of New Hampshire

Jane Power – President General Associated Daughters of Early American Witches

Jack Cowan – Governor General Texas Connection With the American Revolution

Tom Lawrence* – President General Sons of the American Revolution, 2015-2016 (*Request submitted)

Cheryl Rios – President General Colonial Sheriffs and Peace Officers Assn.

Tom B. Green, III – National Trustee, Sons of the American Revolution

Bill Marrs – V. P. General    Sons of the American Revolution

James T. Jones – V. P. General Sons of the American Revolution

Barbara Stevens – OFNA

Larry Stevens – OFNA

Peter Baron – OFNA

Don Stone – Historian General Order of the Founders and Patriots of America; OFNA

Rev. James Taylor – Chaplain General Sons of the American Revolution; OFNA

[1] As the Texas Genealogical Council grows we anticipate that we will discover a large number of additional individuals with similar qualifications. It is anticipated that as we grow, these individuals, when recruited, will become members of the Founding Executive Committee.