A Franklin County, Georgia native, Karen Ledford graduated from Franklin County High School, in Carnesville in 1971 and from North Ga. Technical College in 1973 where she received my diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology. She is certified with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She is also the author of a research series entitled “These Men Wore Grey”, which includes 9 volumes on N.E. Georgia Counties. She is a 25 year member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a member of the James Longstreet 46 Chapter in Gainesville, GA, with fifty supplementals. She is a recipient of  the UDC’s Jefferson Davis Historical Medal for her work in the interment records of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia and the Winnie Davis Medal for her work above and beyond the call of duty as a UDC member.   I In addition, she is 23 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and member of the Wm. Candler DAR in Gainesville, Ga, with two supplementals.  She is a member of both the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century in the Thomas Miller Chapter and The John Baytop Scott Chapter of The National Society of United Daughters of 1812, both in Athens, Ga.; a member of the Manakin Heguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Atlanta, Ga.;  and a member of the Daughters of American Colonists Chapter, Athens, Ga.  In 2008, She was chosen as “One of the Fifty Most Outstanding Women of Franklin Co., GA” over the last one hundred years of the counties history, in the “Literature and History Category”.  Married 44 years to Kenneth L. Ledford, they have one daughter, Ashley Ledford Culberson, Esquire, and two granddaughters Her hobbies include genealogy, and Saddlebred horses, Saddleseat horseback riding, and historical work.