ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AUTHOR bRENDA kELLOW BIO
Brenda began researching her family history as a young girl tromping through Collin County cemeteries checking on grave conditions with her mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas-Dallas, graduating cum laude.
Brenda has seven certificates from Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, three of which were earned on a scholarship from the Institute. She received a certificate of completion in 1994 from the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington D.C., and in 1997 at the Samford University London Studies Center in Kensington, London, England.
While in England she researched several archives including The Guild House in London, and Cornwall Record Office in Cornwall. Despite her research in other countries, she specializes in Southern research. She has traveled extensively to research her family in the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR library, Canada, England and Cornwall as well as many other libraries, courthouses, and archives across the United States. Brenda has spoken at several national and regional conferences in Texas and other states as well as to the Huguenot Society in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999.
Her teaching experience began in 1978. In 1995 she began teaching extensive genealogy courses at Collin County Community College, now Collin College, and at Southern Methodist University-Plano, and in her workshop, until 2005.
Since 1995, she has published a weekly genealogy column in the Sunday Edition of the Plano Star Courier newspaper, and Star Communications newspapers serving North Texas and in national journals. She authors family history books and won multiple awards for her book on the Stibbens Family. In 1996 she was nominated for the J. C. Penny Golden Rule Award, received a trophy and certificates from the Plano Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and from Governor Ann Richards in 1992, for her dedication to historical research.
Brenda is Founding President and Director and of Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. She was the President from its inception in October 1997-2005, and from 2007-2010.
Before retiring from teaching and as a public speaker to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist, No. 376, (10 May 1995- 2007) and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor, No. 2 (15 February 1997-2007 ) granted to her from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D.C. She served as an officer and committee chair in several of the many genealogical lineage societies to which she belongs, 27 to be exact.
A fifth generation Texas, she is a proud wife, mother and grandmother.
BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR:
(Three books currently in process of publication.)
Masters of the 19th Century, And Related Lines, Bailey, Ball, Drain, 2001. Floyd, Gray, Guthery, Hardin, Hawk, Homesley, James, Kaiser, Largent, McKenzie, Phillips, Richards, Robbins, Sherrel, Stibbens, Tunnell, 2nd edition, 2009.
Scanlan Ancestors and Related lines of Boylan and Stibbens Families of Saint Paul, Collin County, Texas, 2007.
Quattromani and Stella Family and Related Lines, Della Chiesa, Garand, Richard, Robert, 2001.
Robert and Jane (Chandler) Jeffers, Seventeenth Century Colonial Residents of Chester County, Pennsylvania, A Brief History, 1998.
Colonial Ailments, Cures, Ills, Brews, & Concoctions, 1997.
Military History, Red, White and Blue, U. S. National Archives Military Series, 1997.
Charles C. Stibbens, Citizen of the Republic of Texas, Soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto, 1992.