In a ceremony on August 28, 2017, President Joyce Jones of the Bell County Chapter 101 United Daughters of the Confederacy presented the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal to Annette Lucksinger of the Bell County Historical Commission and the Bell County Genealogical Society.  Nancy Kelsey, who worked very hard to bring this event about, read the citation during the ceremony. 

Annette has published numerous articles reporting the Confederate history of Bell County and the activities of both the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy.  
The Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Metal Award includes a Medal and Certificate.  It is the highest non-lineage Award presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to a member or non-member adult.   

BCGS members Kathy Taylor, Nancy Kelsey, and Ginny Parsons attended the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy’s 6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute held March 7-9, 2017, at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio.  Kathy received a certificate for completing the track Becoming an Expert: Law and the Forensic Genealogist led by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL.  Nancy and Ginny received their certificates for completing the track Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty led by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG.  It was an enjoyable learning experience!

Debbie Parker Wayne


Pictured from left are Nancy Kelsey, Annette Lucksinger, and Joyce Jones.

Our dear friend Anice Thompson Vance, a native of Bell County and lifetime member of the society, passed away at age 95 on November 3, 2017.

Already putting the maps to good use, the ladies discussed Temple's roads prior to the routing of  Interstate 35 through the city.

Eight members of the Bell County Genealogical Society attended the Williamson County Genealogical Society's Genealogy Saturday with D. Joshua Taylor, M.A., M.L.S., on March 18, 2017.

Our thanks to Janice King Carter for her informative presentation about DNA at our March 2017 meeting.  An active genealogist and member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mrs. Carter is past Director of two Family History Centers; archivist for the Scruggs Family Association; President and DNA Project Administrator for the Scruggs Family Association; and a Temple and Family History Consultant for her church's local congregation.  Additionally, she is certified in US and Canadian research, and she helped Temple Public Library become an Affiliate Family History Center of the Family History Library, giving them the ability to order microfilm from Salt Lake City.

BCGS committee members Troy Brooks, Nancy Kelsey, Kathy Taylor, and Jalenn Ellis (committee chair) prepared records for placement in the new cabinet.

Pictured from left are Jalenn Ellis, Kathy Taylor, D. Joshua Taylor, Judy Tyler, Juanita Jones, and Brenda McGuire.

At the Commissioners Court on August 1, 2016, the Texas Historical Commission presented a Distinguished Service Award to the Bell County Historical Commission.  The commission won the award for its history and preservation projects.

BCGS members (from left) Nancy Kelsey, Judy Tyler, Kathy Taylor, Doris Kemp, and Michael Kelsey (not pictured) attended the ceremony.  These members are also members of Bell County Historical Commission.

Beverly Hadley, Director, Bell County Museum, spoke on the Chisholm Trail at our meeting on January 19, 2016.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, a genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher, and a co-host of the popular PBS program Genealogy Roadshow, presented four sessions during the Clayton Library Friends and Bay Area Genealogical Society Symposium at the campus of Rice University in Houston on August 6, 2016.


Pictured from left in the first row are Carol Owen, Jalenn Ellis, and Linda Judd, and in the second row are Kathy Taylor, Judy Tyler, Mary Duke, Juanita Jones, and Brenda McGuire.


Enjoying their time at the Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference held October 28-30 in Dallas are (from left) Kathy Taylor, Judy Bell, Eileen Heape, and Ora Penn.

Bell County Genealogical Society recently received a grant from Bell County Historical Commission to purchase a file cabinet and archival supplies for preservation and storage of the society’s records in a central location.

The society sincerely appreciates the commission's generosity and support.


Bell County Genealogical Society
Temple, Texas

Judy Russell with BCGS President Kathy Taylor

Several society members and Temple Public Library staff during presentation of books and maps the society donated to the library.  Several of the items donated were in memory of Claud Tate, a former member and president of the society.

Debbie Parker Wayne with Nancy Kelsey and Ginny Parsons


Mary Duke (left) and Kathy Taylor with Thomas W. Jones, featured master genealogist at the Austin Genealogical Society's annual seminar in April 2017.


Jalenn Ellis placed the first record in the new cabinet.  

Judy Russell

With D. Joshua Taylor at the symposium are BCGS members (from left) Kathy Taylor, Nancy Kelsey, and Judy Tyler.