County of the Month Award

The TXGenWeb Project has a program to recognize efforts of county webmasters
who provide
outstanding resources and assistance

to county visitors.
Listed below are the counties and their coordinators who have been recognized during past years.
Click on the county link to see the very best sites Texas has to offer!
To nominate a Texas County for the award, go to the Nomination Form.
Be sure to fill in ALL the areas on the form or your nomination will not be considered.




Month, Winning County, Coordinator

Award Highlights:
January 2014
Award Highlights:
  • A treasure to research; many records online
  • Page about airplane accident with 18 servicemen killed
With this win, Wise County is now in the Hall of Fame.

Honorable Mention: Angelina, Austin, Cherokee, Crane, Garza, Gray and LaSalle.
February 2014

Award Highlights:
  • over 4,000 pages for patrons to look through for their genealogy research.
  • a huge undertaking this has been over the years
Honorable Mention counties are: Coke, Gillespie, Morris, Parmer, Shelby, and Tarrant.
March 2014


Award Highlights:

  • Donna has worked hard to get as much information as she can for her patrons
  • The site is user friendly.  
  • She put out a plea for history and pictures of old gas stations 
  • Lots of volunteers submitting information 
  • Really good military page.
Honorable Mention counties are: Coryell, DeWitt, Dickens, Erath, Limestone, Newton and San Augustine.
April  2014

Award Highlights:

  • Shirley has done a great job in obtaining information for her patrons for their research.
  • The layout is user friendly.
  • singer Selena was from Nueces County is buried there
 Honorable Mention counties are: Crane, Gray, Hardeman, Jack, Marion, Morris and Washington.*
May 2014

Award Highlights:

  • User friendly and has so much great information
  • The plane crash of 1959
  • Great set-up for cemetery surnames; a great amount of time spent on on this
Honorable Mention counties are: Calhoun, Childress, Crane, Kimble, Mitchell, San Patricio, Titus and Washington.
June 2014

Award Highlights:

  • a great webpage and so full of bells and whistles
  • a wealth of information for patrons
Honorable Mention counties are: Crane, Garza, Harris, Mason, McMullen, Morris, Oldham, Tarrant and Trinity..
July 2014
Award Highlights:

  • very user friendly
  • offers an enormous amount of research information for patrons
  • several very interesting stories
With this win Garza County is now in the HALL OF FAME

Honorable Mention counties are: Bexar, Burleson, Carson, Crane, Delta, Frio, Jack and Shelby.
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014



Bee County

is the
 2013 COUNTY OF THE YEAR
Billie Nichols Bennett, CC

Awarded for exceptional resources at the site:
  • very user friendly
  • many hours spent getting records online
  • many old obits
  • Colonist who came to Bee County in 1829
Honorable Mentions for County of the Year:  Fayette and Trinity

Bee County is also awarded
2013 Hall of Fame County of the Year



2013

Month, Winning County, Coordinator

Award Highlights:
January 2013

Comanche County
Tim Self  and
Barbara Peck, CCs

Award Highlights:
  • early newspaper transcriptions
  • Picture Gallery -- Comanche county history in pictures
  • Fugitives from Justice
  • and much more
Honorable Mention:
Armstrong, Bee, Cass, Fayette, Glasscock, Gray, Guadalupe, Lavaca, Newton, Shelby, Throckmorton

February 2013
Kerr County
Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
Kerr County has won COM  two times before this, so this now puts it in the
HALL OF FAME. 

Honorable Mentions: Anderson, Armstrong,Garza, Glasscock, Johnson, Karnes, & Wise.  
March 2013
Bee County
Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Lots of military information
  • A great poem at the bottom of the page 
  • Passports online
Bee County has won the COM two times before this, so it is now in the HALL OF FAME.

Honorable Mentions: Cherokee, Delta, Donley, Garza, Irion and Wise.  
April 2013

Fayette County
Rox Ann, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Rox Ann is constantly updating the website with information.
This is the third win for Fayette County and puts it in the Hall of Fame

Honorable Mentions: Anderson, Delta, Dimmit, Ft Bend, Howard, Lynn and McLennan.
May 2013

Lavaca County
Regena Williamson, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Thousands of obituaries online
  • Many vital records
  • Many volunteers contributing information to the site
Honorable Mentions:  Armstrong, Bandera, Burleson, McLennan, Nueces, Shelby and Titus.
June 2013

Comal County
Donna Schulte Loth, CC
Award Highlights:
  • orphans in 1850,
  • women homesteaders and 
  • LOTS of ships and their passengers
Honorable Mention: Austin, Cass, Cherokee, Irion, Parmer, Shelby and Tarrant.
July 2013
Menard County
Alicia Brown, CC
Award Highlights:
  • a link for advertisements.
  • ...too much stuff to mention, you'll have to see for yourself.
Honorable Mention: Angelina, Cass, Cherokee, Cottle, Gray, Guadalupe, Jack, Menard, San Patricio, and Trinity.
August 2013
Trinity County
Susanne     , CC
Award Highlights:
  • Most interesting -- scans of the hand-written records of the Trinity County Board of Dentistry 1886-1898
Honorable Mention: Andrews, Bexar, Jack, Madison, and McLennan.
September 2013

October 2013
Armstrong County
Gina Heffernan
, CC
Award Highlights:
  • very user friendly and has many resources for patrons to find information
  • a page of interest is the Misspellings
Honorable Mention: Burleson, Dimmitt, Gillespie, Harris, McLennan, Rusk and Wise.
November 2013
Bosque County
Gayle Triller, CC



Award Highlights:
  • Bosque County is set up so user friendly. 
  • Page called Jackson Mystery
  • Births of Bosque County, with death date and location
  • Page called "Out of Our Past"
Honorable Mention: Freestone, Gray, Guadalupe, Jefferson, Nueces, Palmer, Scurry and Titus.
December 2013
Burleson County
Gayle Triller, CC

Award Highlights:
  • very user friendly website for patrons with many resources
  • Interesting page called "Wagon Train to Texas"
Honorable Mention:  Cherokee, Coryell, Harris, Morris and Throckmorton



2012

 2012 COUNTY OF THE YEAR
Gayle Triller, CC

Awarded for exceptional resources at the site:
  • newspaper extracts,
  • biographical
  • sketches,
  • vital records,
  • wagon trail to Texas names,
  • old Masonic lodge
  • records,
  • and so much more!
Honorable Mentions for County of the Year:


Month, Winning County, Coordinator

Award Highlights:
January 2012

San Patricio County
Jimmy Epperson, CC
Award Highlights: 
  • website user friendly with loads of materials for patrons
  • a lot of images from volunteers
Honorable Mention Counties:  Austin, Bexar, Cochran, Hunt, Martin, McLennan, Oldham and Trinity
 
February 2012

Austin County
Joy Neely and Steve Alvarez, CCs
Award Highlights:
  • they have over 4,000 pages on the site
  • lots of naturalizations records
  • so much to browse through
Honorable Mention counties: Bexar, Cochran, Hunt, Martin, McLennan, Oldham, San Patricio and Trinity

March 2012

Armstrong County
Gina Heffernan, CC
Award Highlights:
  • is full of interesting information about the county and its residents throughout the years
  • a death database from Armstrong County death certificates
  • an interesting article on misspelled names. As genealogists, we know all too well about those. However, most of our researchers are not. How many times have you had someone say "our name is spelled xxx, so the document you found can't be for my family"
Honorable Mention counties:  Angelina,  Bee, Bexar, Coke, Lamb, Shelby, and Terrell

April 2012

Kerr County
Shirley Webb, CC
Award Highlights:
  • A master list of all the cemeteries
  • Advertising for Yesteryear
  • Hospital Memories
Honorable Mention counties: Culberson, Fayette, Hardeman, Lavaca, McLennan, Tarrant, & Titus
May 2012

Montgomery County
Jane Keppler and
Jean Huot Smoorenburg, CCs
Award Highlights:
  • a full list of all the Cemeteries within Montgomery County
  • a page called “A Tragical Affair in Old Montgomery.”

Honorable mention counties: Culberson, Freestone, Gillespie, Hardeman, and Morris

June 2012

Matagorda County
Carol Gibbs, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Matagorda County History of the Women Suffrage
  • A page to honor the County's Fallen Heroes in the most recent wars
In winning the June COM, Matagorda is now in the Hall of Fame.

Honorable Mention counties: Anderson, Hunt, Lampasas, Pecos, Tarrant, Angelina, Dimmit, and Eastland.

July 2012


Hunt County
Shirley Cullum, CC
Award Highlights: 
  • Hunt County Fugitives From Justice 1878,
  • In The Line of Duty,
  • Hunt County Officeholders From 1846-1860.
By winning the July COM, Hunt County is now in the Hall of Fame.

Honorable mention counties: Fayette, Freestone, Harris, Karnes, Lamb, Limestone, McLennan, Mitchell, Oldman, Terrell

August 2012

McLennan County
William Tye, Jr., CC
Award Highlights: 
  • McLennan County school yearbook scans,
  • various journals and letters, and
  • McLennan County Naturalization records
Honorable Mention counties: Andrews & Hopkins

September 2012

Mitchell County
Christina Palmer, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Mitchell County death certificate project,
  • Salute to Our Veterans,
  • Salute to Fallen Heroes.
Honorable mention counties:  Karnes and Harris

October 2012

Burleson County
Gayle Triller
Award Highlights:
  • Wagon Train to Texas,
  • Early Newspaper Extractions,
  • Mystery Photos,
  • Wills and Probates
Honorable Mention counties are: Dickens, El Paso, Freestone, Guadalupe, Harris, Hopkins, Irion, Karnes, Marion, Scurry & Wheeler

November 2012

Eastland County
Tim Self  and Barbara Peck

Award Highlights:
  • Businesses in 1893,
  • Early Newspaper Extractions,
  • Mystery Photos,
  • Stories & Letters
Honorable Mention: Bowie, Childress, Crane, Fayette, Gray, Guadalupe, Harris, Irion, Karnes, Rusk

December  2012
Andrews County
Christina Palmer
Award Highlights:
  • Brick Wall page,
  • Early Newspaper Extractions,
  • County Photos,
  • Veterans
Honorable Mention counties are: Armstrong, Childress, Fayette, Freestone, Guadalupe, Harris, Irion, Karnes, Limestone, Throckmorton



2011

Nolan County

Is The
2011 County of the Year

Billie Nichols Bennett, CC

Awarded for exceptional resources at the site:
  • Biographies
  • Entertainment
  • First 100 Years
  • Passport Applications
  • Photos
Honorable Mentions for County of the Year: 
Bell, Colorado, Fannin, Gregg, Hopkins, Houston,
Kaufman, Lamar, Lipscomb, Matagorda, Montgomery,
Rockwall, and Terry



Month, Winning County, Coordinator

Award Highlights:
January 2011

Lipscomb County

Eirann Brooks and
LaRae Halsy-Brooks, CCs
Award Highlights:
  • Small population yet full of great information for the researcher
Honorable Mention Counties:  Calhoun, Cass, Crosby, Garza, Loving, Madison, Parker & Trinity.
 
February 2011

Brewster County

Peggy Trammell Allen, CC
Award Highlights:
  • A great wealth of information
  • The information is well organized and easy for researchers to locate 
  • Numerous military records.
Honorable Mention counties: Anderson, Comal, Dallam, Karnes, Lamb, Shackleford, Somervell, and Walker.
March 2011

Lamar County

Betsy Mills, CC
Award Highlights:
  • Outstanding database of over 80,000 cemetery and death records; some cross-referenced with marriage dates and notes.
  • Excellent military records
  • Lamar county was the very first site selected for the COM award in 1997; again in July 2000.  This third award puts the county in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame!
Honorable Mention counties:  Anderson, Garza, Kendall, San Patricio, Somervell, Ward, and Wheeler.
April 2011

Parker County

Lela Evans, CC
Award Highlights:
  • 1867 Voters Registration list,
  • Double Log Cabin,
  • Indian Raids
  • Will Index 1874-1916
Because this is Parker County's third County of the Month award, it is now in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

Honorable Mention counties: Bee, Burleson, Kerr, Shelby, Terry, Wharton, Wheeler, and Wood.
May 2011

Cherokee County

Kaye Slover and Gene Uzzle, CCs
Award Highlights:
  • a wealth of information for genealogy research
  • tons of obits, cemeteries, photos, you name it, Cherokee has it.
  • an interesting article on how the Texas Bluebonnet was named.
Honorable mention counties: Burleson, Comanche, Guadualupe, Howard, Lamb, Marion and Stephens.

June 2011

Montgomery County

Jane Keppler and
Jean Smoorenburg, co-CCs
Award Highlights:

  • many different types of records
  • several interesting stories about the people who lived there
    • From Buddy Moorhead, who has a football stadium named in his honor,
    • to William J. McGrew who was a "scalawag".

Honorable Mention counties: Bee, Bosque, Clay, and Gillespie.

July 2011

Bee County

Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
Award Comments:
  • outstanding records for Military and Cemeteries
  • scanned pages about the history the county
  • early doctors
  • scanned pass ports and
  • the list can go on and on of the information online.
Honorable mention counties: Bexar, Cass, Coke, Cottle, Gray, Loving, Matagorda and Rusk

August 2011

Limestone County

Cheryl Burks, CC


Award Comments: 
  • a great deal of information for researchers
  • so easy to find information
  • items of interest are
    • bible records,
    • slave narratives, and
    • great historical data.
Honorable mention counties: Bosque, Delta, Donley, Erath, Fayette, Johnson, Starr, Sutton and Terry

September 2011

Rockwall County

Shirley Cullum, CC
Award Comments:
  • patrons should be very fortunate to have this great website for their research. 
  • very interesting article about the "Rock Wall"
  • enjoyed the article about the murder of the sheriff
  • just so much to explore on the Rockwall site
Because this is Rockwall County's third County of the Month award, it is now in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

Honorable mention counties:  Archer, Austin, Coke, Cottle, Dimmit, Gaines, Hopkins, and Trinity.

October 2011

Matagorda County

Carol Sue Gibbs, CC
 Award Comments:
  • chock full of the information we expect to find and
  • some information that goes beyond the basics
  • list of epidemics and the years the county was affected,
  • several links for African American research in the county -- great for African American researchers
  • a 1906 Telephone Directory on it.
The Honorable Mention counties: Bosque, Fayette, Shelby, Swisher, and Ward.

November 2011

Hopkins County

Teresa Stewart, CC
Award Comments:
  • great resource for researchers
  • early photos of the county,
  • cemetery records,
  • and other records we expect to find
  • enjoyable article titled, "Life at Sulphur Bluff," about life in early days of the county through a 12-year-old's eyes

Honorable mention counties: Karnes, Blanco, Erath, and Lavaca.

December 2011

Terry County

Shirley Webb, CC
Award Comments:
  • a wealth of information
  • transcribed  early birth records from 1904-1925.  
Honorable Mention counties: Anderson, Austin, Cass, Crane, Dallam, Karnes, Mitchell and Trinity.




2010

Wise County

Is The
2010 County of the Year

La Darla Walker Keith and Sue Tackel, CCs

Awarded for exceptional resources at the site:
  • over 33,000 marriage and divorce records
  • over 19,000 records for birth records
  • probably way over 100,000 images of headstones and documents
  • starting a county school yearbooks project.

  • Honorable Mentions for County of the Year: 

    No Honorable Mentions.


    Month, Winning County, Coordinator
    Award Comments
    January 2010

    Matagorda County

    Carol Gibbs, CC
    Award comments:
    • fallen soldiers of Iraq;
    • a list of the deceased that died in 1862 from yellow fever;
    • Santa Claus letters 1929-1931;
    • Mickey Mouse Club 1932;
    • and Shocking Stories
    Honorable Mentions:  Burleson, Caldwell, Harrison, Haskell, Lipscomb, Reeves and Somervell
    February 2010

    Nueces County

    Marti Brown, CC
    Award comments:
    Honorable Mentions:  Eastland, Haskell, Leon, Montgomery, and Red River.

    March 2010

    Webb County

    Teresa Stewart Sitz, CC
    Award comments: 
    • a great wealth of research information
    • can be viewed in several lanaguges
    • has a lot of Hispanic records available to researchers
    • under Images, click on the webcam for Laredo and see who is crossing into and out of Laredo.
    Honorable Mention: Angelina, Cherokee, Delta, Guadalupe, Jefferson, Lynn, and Reeves.

    April 2010

    Garza County

    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
    Award Comments:
    • You'll find many items of interest on the site, including 
    • biographies, historical markers, photos, stories, and towns.
    Honorable mention: Bexar, Burleson, Hudspeth, Hunt, Jefferson, Shackelford, and Shelby.
    May 2010

    Haskell County

    Shirley Webb, CC
    Award Comments:
    • a great wealth of information for her patrons and researchers with easy to find information and links.
    • many photos of families, farms, football and even a prize goat. 
     Honorable Mention: Armstrong, Bexar, Fayette, Lavaca, Refugio,Throckmorton, and Ward
    June 2010

    Reeves County

    Luan Alaniz, CC
    Award Comments:
    • older birth, death and marriage records
    • some great old photos
    • great records for the county
    Honorable Mention: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Deaf Smith, Karnes, Llano, Parmer and Victoria
    July 2010

    Victoria County

    Jack and Cynthia Buttram, CCs
    Award Comments:  Third County of the Month award, which puts it in the Hall of Fame.  Victoria also won County of the Month in March 2005 and February 2009; awarded County of the Year for 2009.
    • great wealth of data and information
    Honorable Mention: Andrews, Bandera, Clay, Hopkins, Hutchinson, Lamb, McLennan and Rockwall.
    August 2010

    Kerr County

    Shirley Webb, CC
    Award Comments:
    • offers researchers the usual information researchers look for, such as births, deaths, and cemetery listings.
    •  "Kerr Photos & Stories" features Indian attack in 1856 and an earthquake in 1931
     
    The Honorable Mention counties:  Childress, Lavaca, Oldham, Rains, Refugio, Trinity, and Young.
    September 2010

    Angelina County

    Billy & Carla Clifton, CCs
    Award Comments:

    Some of the items of interest on the site are: 
    • Indigent list of residents,
    • many photos of tombstones along with
    • many of the cemetery transcriptions online. They have a
    • page called, Genealogy, things to do or not do; a great resource for newbies or older researchers.
    • a photo of the Angelina River Bridge

    Honorable Mention counties: Austin, Bee, Dickens, Gaines, Gray, Lamar, Mason, and Smith
    October 2010

    Bexar County

    Jimmy Epperson, CC
    Award Comments:

    Interesting files on the Bexar County website are:
    • the 1900 State Hospital Patients and Employees.
    • a file on the people at the Alamo and
    • another that lists those who died there.
     
    The Honorable Mention countes: Guadalupe, Lavaca, McLennan, Montgomery, and Yoakum.
    November 2010

    Wise County

    La Darla Keith and Sue Tackel, CCs
    Award Comments:

    Items of interest on the site include:
    • World War I Discharge Papers,
    • Funeral Home Records,
    • 1906 Old Timers Reunion,
    • Mystery Pictures,
    • Huff Family Massacre
    Honorable Mention counties: Bee, Guadalupe, Harris, Hopkins,
    Montgomery, and Rockwall
    December 2101

    Hopkins County

    Teresa Stewart Sitz, CC
    Award Comments:
    • a great wealth of information
    • is very easy to find even for the beginner genealogist.
    • check out her What's New Page-- a picture of her is there.  A great picture of you Teresa!!!!
    Honorable Mention are: Armstrong, Bosque, Crosby, Gillespie, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Parker & San Patricio.



    2009

    Victoria County
    is the

    2009 County of the Year
    Jack and Cynthia Buttram, CCs

    Awarded for exceptional resources at the site:

    • Vital Extractions from theVictoria Advocate,
    • Short Bios of Early Residents,
    • Fugitives,
    • IndianolaCasualties of the 1875 Storm,
    • and
    • Old Postcards of Victoria County.

    Honorable Mentions for County of the Year: 

    Garza, Gregg, Houston, Kaufman, Medina,
    Upshur, and Van Zandt.



    Month, Winning County, Coordinator
    Award Comments
    January 2009

    Garza County
    Billie Nichols Bennett CC

    "...found the most interesting photo at the Photo-Unknown link."
     
     Honorable Mention counties:  Hill, Leon, Martin, and Montgomery.
    February 2009

    Victoria County

    Jack and Cynthia Buttram, CCs
    Some of the items of interest on the Victoria Co. site are
    • Fugitives 1866-1877,
    • Notes from the Victoria Advocate Column,
    • Civil War Muster Roll, 
    • Indianola Casualties of the 1875 storm, and
    • Pictures of Old Victoria - Today and Yesterday.
     
    Honorable Mention counties: Bowie, Brewster, Dallam,Goliad, Haskell, Kendall, Leon, and Washington.
    March 2009

    Montgomery County

    Jane Keppler and Jean Huot Smoorenburg, CCs
    Some of the items of interest on the Montgomery County site are:
    • ATragical Affair in Old Montgomery,
    • Exemption Board at Work on Claims,
    • Isaac Conroe Biography,
    • Montgomery County Postcards,  and
    • Oral History of Minnie Powell Bowers.
    • Did you know that Montgomery County was the birthplace of the Texas Lone Star Flag?

    Honorable Mention counties:  Brazoria, Clay, Coke, Freestone, Marion, Val Verde, and Webb.

    April 2009

    Van Zandt County

    Betty Miller and
    Betty Phillips, CCs


    This is Van Zandt County's 3rd win and is now in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Some of the items of interest on the Van Zandt site are
    • Robinett & Scott Saloon Register of 1894,
    • Early Van Zandt County Doctors and
    • Medical Society Minutes,
    • County Abstracts to 1941,
    • The Free State of Van Zandt,
    • Texas Muster Rolls 1835-1836, and
    • Tunnel Harry.

    Honorable Mention counties: Austin, Burleson, Childress, Dallam, Duval, Kerr, Llano, and Tarrant.

    May 2009

    Llano County

    Deb and DJ Pitts, CCs
    Llano County has much to offer researchers and visitors. Some of the information on the site includes
    • Founding Fathers,
    • Naturalization Papers,
    • Newspaper Clippings,
    • Old Land Grants, and
    • Probate Records.
    You may also be able to help identify some of the unknowns on the Old Photos page.

    Honorable Mention counties: Andrews, Bell, Dallam, Harris, Nolan, Starr, and Washington.
    June 2009

    Nolan County

    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the Nolan site are
    • "The First 100 Years",
    • Passport Applications,
    • Novelette Kone Cook - One Woman Shares Her Blessings,
    • Entertainment, and
    • Photos. 
    This is Nolan County's third win and is now in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Honorable Mention counties are Childress, Kerr, Red River, Refugio, and Rusk.
    July 2009

    Brewster County

    Peggy Trammell Allen, CC

    Some of the items of interest on the Brewster site are:
    • Diseases and Epidemics,
    • Family Stories,
    • Genealogy Terms,
    • Historical Markers,
    • Postmasters & Post Offices, and
    • WWI Draft Registrations.

    Honorable Mention counties for July are Dallam, Dickens, Falls, Harris, Marion, and San Patricio.
    August 2009

    Medina County

    Margaret Meyer Simpson, CC
    Some of the many items of interest on the site are:
    • Early Immigrants,
    • Texas Union Soldier Schedule - 1890,
    • Historical Sites,
    • Castro Colonist's Land Grants, and
    • Photos.
    This is Medina County's third award and is now in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Honorable Mention counties for August are Bastrop, Delta, Jackson, Starr, and Young.
    September 2009

    Clay County

    Vicki Shaffer, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the site are
    • Museum Memories,
    • The 1912 Harry Bridgewater Disappearance,
    • Bellevue Tornado of 1906, 
    • Photos,
    • Obituaries,
    • Original Land Owners.
    Honorable Mention counties are: Fayette, Harris, Johnson, Karnes, Limestone, Nacogdoches, and Wood.
    October 2009

    Tarrant County

    Barbara Knox and Rob Yoder, CCs
    Some of the items of interest on the site are:
    • the beautiful picture of the courthouse taken at night
    • a great number of pictures on the photo gallery
    • numerous biographies of early citizens
    • a wealth of information on the historical markers of Tarrant County. 
    Simply OUTSTANDING! 
    • The Table of Contents is a must-see.
     
    Honorable Mention counties are: Bastrop, Dimmitt, Howard, Hunt, Jefferson, Leon and  McLennan.
    November 2009

    Bee County

    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the site are
    • many articles and stories about Bee County people
    • numerous family histories
    • lots of photos of locations
    • many obits, and
    • great information on the history of Bee County
    • quite a wealth of information online for the researchers for Bee County.
    Honorable Mention counties are: Baylor, Fayette, Freestone, Hopkins, Marion, Victoria, and Zavala.
    December 2009

    Jim Hogg County

    Amber Davidson, CC
    Award comments:
    • Jim Hogg County not formed until 1913, so there are only 2 census
    • great job of getting what information she can find online for researchers<>
    • started this project while in high school and is now a college student. 

    Honorable Mention counties are: Archer, Austin, Bastop, Falls, Gillespie, Jackson, Lamar and Rockwall.



    2008


    Houston County

    is the
    2008 County of the Year
    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC

    Awarded for the following exceptional resources:

        • Early Homes,
        • Early Businesses,
        • Sawmills 1819-1996,
        • Post Offices 1846-1930,
        •  Confederate Pension Applications Index,
        • Early Marriage Records,
        • Black History, and
        • Photographs.

    Honorable Mentions for County of the Year:  Henderson, Hunt, Orange, and Upshur.



    Month, Winning County, Coordinator
    Award Comments
    January 2008

    Cherokee County

    Kaye Slover, CC
    Gordon Bennett, Assistant CC
    Cherokee County has much to offer researchers and visitors. You can read
    about the Hometown Heroes, take a trip back in time with the Indian
    Historical Markers, and salute the men and women who served from
    Cherokee in the Military.

    Honorable Mentions  are: Angelina, Bowie, Coryell, Guadalupe, Hartley, Lavaca, and Maverick.
    February 2008

    Grimes County

    Eleanor Colson, CC
    Grimes County has much to offer the researcher and visitor. You can tour
    the Historic Homes, read about Grimes County in the News, view the photo
    gallery, and read the wills and estate records.

    Honorable Mentions go to the following counties: Bell, Coleman, Dallas,
    Houston, Travis, Victoria, and Wheeler.

    Grimes County has been added to the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame for winning County of the Month in February 2008, January 2005, and June 2003.
    March 2008

    Houston County

    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
    Houston County is chock full of information for researchers and
    visitors. You can "tour" the early homes, read about Bonnie and Clyde's
    revenge on Eastham Prison, help Ms. Verna Durham celebrate her 101st
    birthday, and salute the veterans throughout the years.

    Honorable Mention Counties for the month are: Gaines, Lamar, McClennan,
    Montgomery, and Victoria.

    Houston County has been added to the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame for winning County of the Month in March 2008, April 2007, and June 2006.
    April 2008

    Nacogdoches

    Douglas Anderson, CC


    Nacogdoches County has much to offer the researcher and visitor. You can read and view a letter from Sam Houston, written in 1835, view records of partitions from 1843-1871, and read the 1858, 1860, and 1861 rosters of the old Nacogdoches University.

    Honorable Mention counties this month are: Lavaca, Rockwall, Sabine, San Patricio, and Wood.

    Nacogdoches County has been added to the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame for winning County of the Month in April 2008, November 2006, and November 2001.
    May 2008

    Panola County

    Marylee
    Knight and Shirley Cullum, CCs

    Panola County has much to offer researchers and visitors. You can read the List of Fugitives from Justice -1878, view photos from the county, read through various news clippings, and view an 1848 street map of Carthage, TX.

    Honorable mention counties for May are: Clay, Cochran, Delta, Falls, Montgomery, and Terrell. 

    Panola County has been added to the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame for winning County of the Month in May 2008, July 2005, and August 2003.
    June 2008

    Angelina County

    Carla
    Karbowski Clifton
    Some of the items of interest in Angelina Co. are Postmasters and Post Offices from 1847-1930, Confederate Pension Applications, and Historical Places. There are also photos of many of the county's cemeteries for you to view.

    Honorable Mention counties this month are Austin, Coryell, Dimmit, Gaines, and Nolan.
    July 2008

    Lavaca County

    Rox Ann
    Johnson, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the Lavaca County site are Historical Markers, Creeks and their namesakes, Baptism records of some of the county churches, Unidentified photos, and Tales from Lavaca County.

    Honorable Mention counties for the month are: Childress, Dallam, Montgomery, Rusk, and Shelby.
    August 2008

    Delta County

    Dee Welborn
    and Betsy Mills, CCs
    Some items of interest on the Delta Co. site are: 1871-1876 Marriage Certificates, Public Officials Index, Land Indices, Brands, and the
    Veteran's Record Book.

    Honorable Mention counties for the month are: Dallam, Dickens, Duvall, Fayette, Fisher, Hudspeth, and Matagorda.
    September 2008

    Colorado County

    Dorothy Albrecht, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the Colorado site are: Day book of Walker Furniture from 1900-1902, Family Land Heritage Program, It was in the News, Reminiscences, Golden (or more) Wedding Anniversaries, and over 10,000 obituaries.

    Colorado has now won 3 COM awards, and is therefore in the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Honorable Mention counties are Archer, Childress, Gaines, Hartley, and Mason.
    October 2008

    Rockwall County

    Shirley Cullum, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the Rockwall site are:  Photos of Civil War Veterans, Early Ministers of Rockwall County, Old Newspaper Articles, School Records and Photos, Ghost Towns, and The Life of Sad John Gardenhire.

    Honorable Mention counties for October are Falls, Haskell, Kerr, Rains, and Victoria.

    November 2008

    Medina County

    Margaret Meyer Simpson, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the Medina site are:  Early Immigrants, Naturalization Records, Castro Colonist's Land Grants, Historical Sites, and Photos of Early Residents.

    Honorable Mention counties for the month are Archer, Dallam, Dickens, Howard, Refugio, and Washington.
    December 2008

    Hunt County

    Shirley Cullum, CC
    Some of the items of interest on the site are African American Genealogy, Fugitives from Justice - 1878, History in News Clippings,
    Letters, Newspaper Extracts, Photos, and Registered Voters - 1868.

    Honorable Mention counties are Leon, Matagorda, Montgomery, and Washington.




    2007
    2007 County of the Year is
    Refugio County

    Rena McWilliams, County Coordinator

    Award comments:
    • Criminal Dockets,
    • Probate and Wills,
    • Letters and Manuscripts,
    • African American and Hispanic Archives,
    • Businesses,
    • Clubs and Teams, and
    • Photo Albums,
    • in addition to other databases.

    Honorable Mention counties for County of the Year are Bandera, Bosque, Fannin, Grayson, Houston, Menard, Navarro, and Nolan.


    Month, Winning County, Coordinator
    Award Comments
    January 2007

    Margaret Simpson-Meyer, CC
    Margaret has included some interesting databases on the Medina site.
    Researchers can view the Ships and Passenger Lists of early immigrants
    to the county, see Naturalization Records, tour the Historical Sites of
    Medina Co., and look to see if their ancestors are included in the
    Photos of Early Residents.

    Honorable MentionsAnderson, Brooks, Coryell, Haskell, Sabine, and Wise.
    February 2007

    Yoakum County

    Jim Webb, CC
    In addition to biographical sketches and historical markers, Jim has included Yoakum Co. Memories, Sheriffs and Pictures. You can also hop in your old jalopy and check out the Early Auto Registrations.

    Honorable Mention counties this month are: Comal, Coryell, Kendall,
    Leon, Polk, San Patricio, Van Zandt, Winkler, and Young.

    March 2007

    Burnet County

    JoAnn Myers, CC
    The Burnet County site has a lot to offer researchers and visitors. You
    can learn from the pioneers by reading some of their original stories,
    view the naturalized citizens of the county prior to 1906, read about
    the Indian attacks, and even "attend" the McGuire Murder Trial of 1899.

    [Also included on the site are indexes and inventories for the library's surname vertical files, as well as an index to the historical community vertical files.  A huge photo album is present with links to and from descendant charts and obituaries.  An ongoing project is to place online Burnet County's Confederate pension applications with links to "Sketches" of Confederate Veterans.]

    This COM award is Burnet  County's 3rd, so it is also now a member of the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Honorable Mention counties this month are Clay, Colorado, Crosby,
    DeWitt, Harrison, Sabine, and Van Zandt.

    April 2007

    Houston County

    Billie 
    Nichols Bennett, CC
    The Houston County site has much to offer researchers and visitors. 
    You can view pictures of past residents in the Photographs section,
    take a ride with Bonnie and Clyde on a prison break in Articles and
    Stories, and stop by and salute the Veterans in the Military section.

    Honorable Mentions for April are: Cherokee, Erath, San Patricio,
    Terry, and Trinity
    .
    May 2007

    Menard County

    Alicia Brown, CC
    Menard County has various databases and other items of interest for the 
    researcher and visitor. You can read about horse rustlers and the flood
    of 1938, see the 1915 & 1916 girls basketball teams, and drop in for a
    "cold one" at the Legal Tender Saloon.

    Honorable Mentions for May: Angelina, DeWitt, Harrison, Palo
    Pinto, and Rockwall Counties.

    June 2007

    Bandera County

    Susan Hawkins, CC
    The Bandera County site has a lot to offer visitors and researchers. You
    can view the 1890-91 Gazetteer and Business Directory, read about the
    Tragedy Tree, and check out the photo of the deer that got his revenge
    on a hunter in Stories and Places of Interest.

    Honorable Mention counties: Cherokee, Dallam, Dawson,
    Garza, Johnson, Lubbock, Montgomery, San Patricio, and Victoria
    .  
    July 2007
    Van Zandt County

    Betty Miller and Betty Phillips, CCs
    Van Zandt County has much to offer visitors and researchers. You can
    find out how the county came to be called the Free State of Van Zandt,
    read the obituary of Mrs. Belle Wilson, who passed away at the age of
    107 in 1974, and learn about Chief Duwa'li Bowles. You may also wish to
    go to the Kids Corner and color the Ben Wheeler School!

    Honorable Mention counties: Angelina, Coleman, Karnes,
    Kerr, Lavaca, Pecos, Rusk, and Webb.

    August 2007
    Falls County

    Kay
    Cunningham,  CC
    Kay has done a wonderful job finding interesting items for inclusion on
    the Falls County site. There are calling cards, original scanned marriage licenses, letters, stories from pioneers, African American newspapers, and
    assorted treasures in "This and That".

    Honorable Mentions are: Frio, Gaines, Hardeman, Harris,
    Panola, and Sutton. 
    September 2007

    Rockwall County

    Kathey Kelley Hunt, CC

    Kathey has a variety of interesting items and databases on the site. You 
    can read about the murder of Rockwall's 1st elected sheriff, view copies
    of old newspaper articles, check out the unique genealogy help files,
    and get acquainted with the pioneer families.

    Honorable mention counties are: Brazos, Cochran, Delta, Gray,
    Kleberg, and Palo Pinto.

    October 2007
    Nolan County

    Billie
    Nichols Bennett, CC
    Billie has included many interesting databases and items for researchers 
    and visitors. You can read about Pvt. Francis Healer's personal
    experiences in World War II, view photos of Nolan Co. people and towns,
    share the blessings of Novelette Kone Cook, and read some of the First
    100 Years of Nolan County.

    Honorable Mention counties are: Angelina, Gaines, Gray, Milam, Parker, Red River, Refugio, Val Verde, and Victoria.
    November 2007
    Refugio County

    Rena McWilliams, CC

    The Refugio County site has much to offer researchers and visitors. You 
    can read through many wonderful manuscripts, including the Joys and
    Sorrows of Maggie Murphy Plummer, view the bounties paid for scalps of
    various wild animals, read through the newspaper abstracts, and view the
    African American and Hispanic Archives. When you're through with all of
    that and more, drop by the 1957 Dairy Queen and get an ice cream or
    shake. You can join the folks already there in Businesses, Clubs, and
    Teams.

    Honorable Mentions are: Archer, Brazos, Childress, Nacogdoches, Pecos, and Victoria.

    December 2007

    Harrison County

    Elaine Martin and Etta Withers, CCs
    Harrison County has much to offer visitors and researchers. You can read
    about the 1861 Volunteer Aid Society in the Old Newspaper Articles, view
    the 1909 Marshall High School Baseball team and other folks and items of
    interest in the Photo Album, and read about Anna LuElla Ratcliff's
    signature quilt in the Scrapbook. Please stop by and visit Elaine, Etta,
    and the wonderful people of Harrison County here:
    http://www.txgenes.com/TxHarrison/

    Honorable Mention counties  are Angelina, Cochran, Crane, Goliad, Johnson, and Young.





    2006

    2006 County of the Year is
    Colorado County
    Dorothy Albrecht, CC

    Award comments:  ...Colorado County has much to offer researchers. Dorothy has a very interesting collection called "It Was In The News" that has bits of information that was in the newspapers from 1850 onward.

    Other collections and databases of interest for Colorado researchers are
    • Obituaries,
    • Photographs,
    • Military, Early German Settlements,
    • Church and Bible Records, 
    • Early Recollections of Colorado County,
    • Walker Furniture Store Day Book,
    • and many more.



    Month, Winning County, Coordinator
    Award Comments
    January 2006

    Kaufman County

    Abby Balderama and Kathey Hunt, CCs.

    Justin Sanders, Assistant CC.

    Kaufman County has consistently been in the nominations and has now earned the right to be added to the Hall of Fame as this is its third COM award. Abby has done a great job in keeping the website up to date and is always adding useful information.

    The Honorable Mention counties for January are Delta, Fayette, and Refugio. Each of these counties displays the dedication and hard work involved in maintaining a county website.
    February 2006

    Brewster County

    Peggy Trammell Allen, CC
    Peggy has worked diligently to make the Brewster County website a great source for researchers. The site is very user friendly and easy on the eyes as well.

    The Honorable Mention counties for February are Brown, Kendall, and Jackson. As usual, these counties are great and congratulations go to the CC's for all their hard work.

    March 2006

    Colorado County

    Dorothy Albrecht CC
    The Colorado County website has lots of great information stored in its pages. A unique feature that Dorothy has used on the site is that each link in the main directory has a description of what may be found when the link is activated.

    The Honorable Mention counties for this month are: Bandera, Brown, and Hunt. Congratulations to the CC's of these counties as well.

    April 2006

    Nolan County

    Billie Nichols Bennett, CC
    Nolan County is a great example of a well planned website that is easy to navigate. Billie has lots of information on the site that make it very useful to the researcher. 

    The Honorable Mention counties for April are Bastrop, Coleman, and Panola. These counties and their CC's are to be congratulated as well. All are representative of the best of the TXGenWeb.


    May 2006

    Kendall County

    Catharine Schwarz, CC
    ...the CC has done a great job keeping the Kendall County website up-to-date with lots of information. The Family Photo Album and the section on Stagecoach Stops are only a couple of the many various records on the website.

    Honorable Mention go to Briscoe, Brown, and Milam Counties this month


    June 2006

    Houston County

    Billie Niichols Bennett, CC

    Billie Nichols Bennett is the CC and she has created a website that is easy to navigate as well as informative.

    The Honorable Mention counties for June are: Fayette, Tarrant, and Val Verde.
    July 2006

    Hunt County

    Shirley Cullum, CC
    Hunt County is easy to navigate and has a great deal of information for researchers. Some of the records that Shirley has included on the site are: Officeholders from 1846-1860, History in News Clippings, and Registered Voters in 1868.

    Honorable Mentions for July are Franklin, Garza, and Harrison.
    August 2006

    Orange County

    Shirley Cullum, CC and Elaine Stone, Asst. CC
     Shirley and Elaine have put together a site that is chock full of information, some of which includes: Brands and Marks, Embalmers and Funeral Directors, History in News Clippings, Social Events, Wills, and Woodmen of the World.

    Orange County has now won 3 County of the Month awards and therefore becomes a member of the TXGenWeb Hall of Fame.

    Honorable Mentions for August are Live Oak and Nacogdoches Counties.
    September 2006

    Parker County

    Lela Evans, CC
    A very user-friendly website that is chock full of information! 

    The Honorable Mention Counties are: Garza, Goliad, and Grimes.

    October 2006

    Fayette County

    Rox Ann Johnson, CC
    Fayette County is a great example of a well planned site that is easy to navigate and informative. Rox Ann has included old newspaper articles, historical markers, and doctors in 1886 & 1896. 

    Honorable Mentions go to the following counties: Brazoria,
    Dawson, Garza, Lavaca, and San Patricio.
    November 2006

    Nacogdoches County

    Douglas Anderson, CC
    Douglas has included Naturalization Records, Obituaries, Military Records and Battles, and Bibles in the databases.

    Honorable Mentions go to the following counties: Frio,
    Mitchell, Garza, Martin, and Grimes.
    December 2006

    Bell County

    Joe Deaver and Mary Duke, CC
    Bell County has a lot to offer the researcher. Some of the databases
    include: Nanny's Scrapbooks, Visit the "Poor Farm", and Bell Co. Photos.

    Honorable Mentions for December are: Bexar, Brazos, Harrison, Live Oak, and Palo Pinto.




    2005

    [Award comments:  ...her efforts to keep Grayson County in top-notch shape is displayed on the extremely attractive site that is easy to use and offers both useful and interesting information.  A unique feature of this site is the Threads of Grayson County with beautiful photos of quilts made by Grayson County residents. Newspaper articles include a story about Raymond Hamilton (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) being captured in the county.]


    The County of the Year Honorable Mention counties are
    (in alphabetical order):

    Bosque - Bettie Woods, CC (not a monthly winner in 2005)
    Very useful site that is easy to navigate. The section on Early News Items gives a look back into time for the county. The Old Letters are interesting and the College Song is a great addition.

    Henderson - Bunny Freeman, CC (not a monthly winner in 2005)
    Simple, uncluttered site - easy to use with lots of information. The sections for Black History and the Old Letters are very informative and the Military Page is quite impressive..

    Orange - Shirley Cullum and Elaine Stone, CC's, (Nov 2005)

    Upshur - Ealine Martin and Sharon Pierce, CC's
    (not a monthly winner in 2005)
    Easy on the eyes, with scads of data and links to more data. The Cemetery photos number more than 4,000! The Scrapbook offers tidbits of the county's history.

    Wharton - Teri Brown, CC (Dec 2005)




    2005 Monthly Winners

     [Award Comments:  Wharton County is a very informative website with lots of great photos.

    The Honorable mention counties for this month are: Cass, Crosby, Frio, Howard, McCulloch, Nolan and Rusk. Hats off to the CC's of these counties! They are all excellent sites and are great examples of what the TXGenWeb has to offer researchers.

    County of the Year Honorable Mention Award.  Easy to use website that has lots of information. A unique feature of this site is the Tips for Spanish Genealogy. There are lots of photos on the Old Photos page that are very interesting.
    [Award Comments: none]

     Honorable Mention counties: (in alphabetical order), Angelina, Coke, Culberson, Garza, Gray, Nacogdoches, Tarrant, and Webb.

    County of the Year Honorable Mention Award.  Well-designed site with alphabetized directory makes it easy to find whatever you are looking for. The site has scans of the registered Brands and Marks in the county and the Election Results for 1861. Even the animals are represented with a section called In The Wild.
     [Award Comments:  Wes has been the CC for Johnson County for a couple of years and the website has recently been given a new look that presents the available information in an easy to use format. There is a wealth of information on the website that attests to the amount of time that is required to maintain a TXGenWeb county.] 

    The Honorable Mention Counties are: Bowie, Burnet, Dallam, El Paso, Panola, Refugio, Rockwall, Shackelford, and Yoakum. Congratulations to the Honorable Mention counties and their CC's. These counties can be proud that they represent the best in the TXGenWeb.
    [Award Comments:  Elaine and Sharon work hard on all their counties and Harrison County is another example of their dedication to free genealogy.] 

    The Honorable Mention counties for this month are: Burnet, Orange, Red River, Refugio, and Rockwall. These counties represent the cream of the crop in the TXGenWeb and their CC's deserve to be acknowleged.
    [Award Comments:  The Bastrop County website has a lot of information arranged in a user-friendly format that is combined with a very fresh look that gives it great eye-appeal. Tammy has worked hard to make the site one of the best in the TXGenWeb.]

    The Honorable Mention counties for this month are: Brazoria, Burnet, Karnes, McMullen, Reeves, and Wilbarger. As usual, the Honorable Mention counties are all great sites themselves and the CC's have every right to be proud of the Honorable Mention status.

    [Award Comments:  The CC's of the Panola County website have made great strides in adding information to the site and always keep the site up to date. There is a lot of usable information on the website and it is very easy on the eyes.] 

    The Honorable Mention counties for July are: Angelina, Bowie, El Paso, Jackson, Live Oak, and Orange; and as always, these are great websites as well.
    [Award Comments: This is the 3rd COM award for Navarro County, so the Hall of Fame Award is also awarded to the site. The CC's have done a great job in keeping the site updated and in presenting the information in a user-friendly format.]  

    The Honorable Mention counties for June are: Bandera, Frio, Gray, Lavaca, McLennan, Mitchell, and San Jacinto. Kudos to the CC's of these counties as they also represent the best of the TXGenWeb.
     [Award Comments:  Marion County and the Honorable mention counties are representative of the amount of hard work and dedication that is put forth in the TXGenWeb each and every month. The TXGenWeb just keeps getting better!]

    The Honorable Mention counties are: Colorado, Donley, El Paso, Hunt, McMullen, Rains, and San Jacinto. Congratulations to the CC's of these counties as well.
     [Award Comments: This is the third time Gregg County has been selected as the COM, so it now joins the ranks of the Hall of Fame and will display that award on its website. Sharon and Elaine have worked hard to keep the Gregg County site updated and very user friendly.] 

    The Honorable Mention counties for April are: Jeff Davis, Lavacca, Milam, Refugio, and Wise. These counties are all capable of COM status and deserve to be acknowledged.
     [Award Comments:  Susan has worked diligently to make Grayson County informative and up-to-date. She is always adding to or "sprucing up" the website. Grayson County has now won the COM 3 times and may display the Hall of Fame Award as well.] 

    The Honorable Mention Counties for February are: Frio, Kerr, Lavaca, Madison, Milam and Walker counties.

    County of the Year Winner.
     [Award Comments:  Grimes County has lots of great information for the researcher and is an easy-on-the-eye website.] 

    The Honorable Mention counties for January are: Grayson, Kerr, Parker, Refugio, Shelby, and Victoria. 


    2004
    County of the Year for 2004 - Fannin County - Susan Hawkins, CC
    (chosen from monthly award winners)
    Honorable Mention 2004 websites are:  Orange, Burnet, Henderson, Brown, Bosque, Upshur, Colorado, Grayson, and Lamar.

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted

     

     

    2003

    County of the Year for 2003 - Kaufman County, Abby Balderama CC

    (chosen from monthly award winners)

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted

    2002

    County of the Year for 2002 - Refugio County, Rena Williams

    (chosen from monthly award winners)

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted

    2001

    County of the Year for 2001 - Bosque County - Bettie Wood

    (chosen from monthly award winners)

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted

     

    2000

    County of the Year for 2000 - Frio County - John Hawley

    (chosen from monthly award winners)

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted

     

    1999

    County of the Year for 1999 - Coke County - Mary Love Berryman

    (chosen from monthly award winners)

    County of the Month, with outstanding page areas noted
     

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