Karen Elizabeth McCandless McClendon, native of Dallas, Texas, is the daughter of the late H. R. McCandless, Jr. and Ruth King McCandless. She has three children - Lisa Lynn Lair, Leslie Ann Murray and John Kevin McClendon, Esq. as well as five grandchildren.

Mrs. McClendon completed her BA as well as her M Ed at West Texas A & M University and enjoyed a career in secondary education, teaching English, art, speech and drama.


  • National Gavel Society
  • American Descendants of the House of Burgesses 1619-1699 (Founding Member)
  • Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion (Dame)
  • Baronial Order of Magna Charta (Surety, Class of 2017; webmistress)
  • Colonial Dames of America (Chapter XXI President)
  • Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars
  • Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain
  • Descendants of Sheriffs and Constables of Colonial and Antebellum America
  • Dutch Colonial Society
  • First Families of Georgia
  • First Families of Kentucky
  • Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783 (Honorary President General; Founding Recording Secretary General)
  • Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies
  • Jamestowne Society
  • Military Order of the Crusades
  • National Guild of Saint Margaret of Scotland (Honorary President General; webmistress)
  • National Huguenot Society
  • National Order of the Blue and Gray
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
  • National Society Colonial Dames of America
  • National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century (Lone Star Chapter Corresponding Secretary)
  • National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars
  • National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Honorary Chapter Regent; Recipient of the SAR Medal of Appreciation)
  • National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede
  • National Society Descendants of Early Quakers
  • National Society Magna Charta Dames (D-FW Colony 3rd Vice President)
  • National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor
  • National Society Saints and Sinners
  • National Society Sons & Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861 (Texas Agent)
  • National Society Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims (Honorary Texas Branch Governor)
  • National Society Southern Dames of America
  • National Society US Daughters of 1812
  • One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal (Amanuensis)
  • Order of Alba (Founding Genealogist General)
  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry (President General)
  • Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America
  • Order of the Crown in America (Texas Councillor)
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters (Texas State Registrar; Treasurer)
  • Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers (Corresponding Secretary General)
  • Order of the Descendants of the Justiciars (Founding Genealogist General)
  • Order of Descendants of Physicians and Chirurgiens
  • Order of Descendants of Pirates & Privateers
  • Order of Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (Secretary General)
  • Order of Medieval Women: Women of Consequence (Founding Genealogist General)
  • Order of the First Families of Maryland
  • Order of the First Families of Mississippi 1699-1817
  • Order of the Founders of North America 1492-1692 (Founding Emissary General)
  • Order of the Merovingian Dynasty (Registrar General)
  • Order of the Norman Conquest (Founding Genealogist General)
  • Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192 (Councillor)
  • Presidential Families of America (Texas Regent)
  • Royal Society of Saint George (Texas Branch)
  • Society of Daughters of Holland Dames
  • Society of Descendants of the Knights of the Garter; Windsor Castle (Genealogist General)
  • Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva (Lady of the Council)
  • Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge
  • Sons & Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1561-1861 (Honorary President General)
  • Sons & Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers (Founding Genealogist General)
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy


Mrs. McClendon has compiled and edited numerous directories and newsletters as well as the OAAA Lineage Book II. She has written articles for and spoken to various societies on both genealogy-related topics and antiques.

In fact, she has recently gone back into the antiques business, opening a booth in a local mall. Other than genealogy and antiques, her interests include bridge, reading, theatre and travel.

A member of various county historical societies, Mrs. McClendon has also been affiliated with Dallas Heritage Village for over 25 years as a docent and fundraiser.

She is particularly proud to be a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.