John A. Sellers is a fifth generation native of Hopkins County, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in advertising/public relations and received his teaching certificate in history from Texas A & M, Commerce. He has been doing genealogical and historical research since 1985; his favorite area of research is in the courthouse. He has visited courthouses in several southern states and has conducted extensive research in Texas and Louisiana.
John is an active member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, serving fifteen years on the executive board and as President 1997-1998, 2017-. He was a speaker at the FGS National Conference in 1997 and 2004 and NGS in 1994. He has been the featured speaker for more than 60 all day seminars located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. John has given over 250 programs on genealogy and history. He was the featured speaker at the DRT Genealogical Conference at the Alamo in 2002, 2003, and 2011 and also the Louisiana Historical and Genealogical Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2007 and 2011. He has been a faculty member for Angelina College Genealogy Conference 1999-2014 in Lufkin and was a featured instructor at the new Texas Institute of Genealogical Research in 2017. He has completed Genealogy as a Profession, Advanced Methodology, and Advanced Library Research courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Samford University. John was a lecturer at the Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford University, 2009, 2010 and 2014. He compiled an addendum to the 1850 Census of Hopkins County.
Additionally, John is an Assistant Vice President - Director of Marketing with City National Bank of Sulphur Springs and Mayor of Sulphur Springs, currently serving his third term on the City Council.