My name is Clarissa Loyd and I have been with the TXGenWeb &
USGenWeb Projects since 2005. Prior to becoming a County
Coordinator, I submitted information to websites that included cemetery
transcriptions and photographs. I saw a county for adoption
the TXGenWeb Project and became more involved by becoming a County
Currently, I am the County Coordinator for 6 counties:
I really like being a County Coordinator as well as a contributor to
the sites that I manage because I help other's in their quest for
answers to their families past. I majored in history and
in political science from Texas A&M University-Central Texas
like to incorporate as much county history and U.S. history as I can to
the sites that are relevant to their location to give researchers a
better idea of the events their ancestor's may have witnessed.
The sites in the USGenWeb Project would never be successful if it were
not for contributors and volunteers! If you have anything you
would like to add to Lee County or the other sites that I manage,
please email me
If you have information you would like to add for a different
Texas County, click
here for a full list of the counties and County
Coordinators. If the county you are looking for is in a
state, please visit the USGenWeb
and pick the state of your choice, located on the left hand side of
their page and from that state click on the appropriate
county, borough, or parish site.
the TXGenWeb Project
"The TXGenWeb Project is a grass-roots all volunteer
genealogical/historical effort. Each county webpage
is commercial free and contains useful tips, online databases
particular to that area, volunteer lookups, surname queries,
descriptions of local libraries, historical background information,
contact information, and much more. All information is
free. For more about the TXGenWeb Project,
or more information on volunteering, contact the TXGenWeb State
Coordinator, Shirley Cullum" (TXGenWeb Project).
To become a volunteer for the TXGenWeb Project, please check out Orphan
Counties to become a County Coordinator, as well as, the Guidelines/Rules
as a County Coordinator. If you would like to volunteer by
submitting information to county sites, please contact the County
Coordinator by selecting their name from the TXGenWeb All
the USGenWeb Project
"In the spring of 1996, a group of
genealogists led by Jeff Murphy organized
the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project,
which evolved into the KyGenWeb Project.
The idea was to provide a single entry point for genealogy data and
research for all counties in Kentucky. In addition, the information for
each county would be indexed and cross-linked to make it easier for
researchers to find a name or data that they sought.
In June 1996, as the KyGenWeb
nearing 100% county coverage, interested volunteers decided to create a
similar set of pages for all states, establishing The USGenWeb Project.
Bill Couch wanted
to follow in the footsteps of the KY Project with a similar site for Arkansas.
Jeff Murphy set up a main page for the states that included a template
for volunteers to use. Announcements were made to genealogy mailing
lists and newsgroups and news of this Project was spread by email and
word of mouth. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the
efforts for each state, and additional volunteers were sought to create
and maintain websites for every county in the United States. By July of
1996 most states were online with state homepages and most had several
There was a core group of people who
got involved very early
and were key to getting this new Project off the ground. It was these
people who laid the groundwork for assuring the success of The USGenWeb
Project. These people included Jeff Murphy, Dale Schneider, John
Rigdon, Linda Lewis, Joy Fisher, Kim Harris Myers, Billie R. McNamara,
Melissa Calhoun, Nancy Trice, Bill Couch, Betty Sellers, Jim Rothgeb,
Deke Smith, Sharon L. Rowe, Mary Lynne Ellis, Edward Hayden, Richard
Holler, Laura Cook, Gary Steiner, and Diane Miller.
In October 1996, "The USGenWeb Web
White Paper" was distributed
world-wide by The USGenWeb Project. The purpose was to summarize the
progress of the Project and to encourage additional people to
volunteer. The "White Paper" serves as a very good historical outline
of the Project's early days" (USGenWeb Project). The USGenWeb
Project also has a timeline of events, this can be viewed, here.
If you would like to join the USGenWeb Project, there are several ways
you can volunteer!
The possibilities to volunteer in the USGenWeb Project are endless!
Contact a County Coordinator, State Coordinator or Project
Coordinator for more information or to contribute transcriptions,
photographs or records.
- Become a County Coordinator for a
county, parish or borough where available by visiting the state you are
- Volunteer by submitting
transcriptions of cemeteries, census, vital records.
- Volunteer in any of the Special
- USGenWeb Archives Project
- USGenWeb African American Griots
- USGenWeb Lineage Project
- Tombstone Transcription Project
- Volunteer in any of the Sub-Special
- USGenWeb Digital Map Library
- The Pension Project
- Census Project
- Church Records Project
- Marriage Records Project
- Family Group Sheet Project
- Obituary Project
- Special Collections Project