Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103
Vol. VI, No. 11...... E Newsletter ............Editor: Sibyl Creasey
"Show and Tell" will be the program topic of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's monthly meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Buchanan Room of the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton.
Society member Shirley Fuller of Grand Saline will be the organizer of this popular annual event. To sign up for a "Show and Tell," contact her at (903) 829-5879 or call the Library of Genealogy and Local History at (903) 567-5012. Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays with extended hours on Thursday until 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. There is always a volunteer librarian on duty.
Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of every month except December. Following the business meeting and the program, refreshments are served. Visitors are always warmly welcomed.
For further information on membership and society activities, contact the genealogical library.
The November issue of the quarterly is at the printers and will be mailed out shortly.
Congratulations Are In Order!
Van Zandt County Genealogical Society member Lawrence Greer of Canton was named Volunteer of the Year by the Texas State Genealogical Society during its annual conference held in Austin on November 1, 2 and 3.
The prestigious award was the result of his work on the Hillcrest Cemetery Restoration Project as well as other historical and genealogical contributions during the past two years.
A first place for excellence award was also presented to the local society for the publication, "Early Obituaries & Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. VI." This publication was compiled by society member Sibyl Creasey of Ben Wheeler. She was assisted in the project by society members Sherrie Archer, Sandra Jones, Lawrence Greer, Benja Mize, Nancy Robertson, Rose Cunningham, and Ellen Wheeler, all of Canton; Rita Cherry of Seagoville, Jan Crow of Mabank, Linda Easley of Edgewood, Shirley Fuller of Grand Saline, Elvis Allen of Fruitvale, and Carroll Robison of Lindale.
This book of obituaries is the sixth in a series covering the years from 1884 to 1926. Material for the publication was extracted from old newspapers on microfilm housed in the Library of Genealogy and Local History.
The society's ongoing project of publishing obituaries and death notices that are a valuable resource for genealogical research began with Lawrence Greer spending hours every day reading microfilm at the genealogy library for over a year.
The VZCGS has been a partner society with TSGS for almost 20 years and has submitted publications, columns, web sites and nominations for Volunteer of the Year almost every year winning many awards for excellence. The certificates have been framed and are displayed on the walls of the genealogy library.
Attending the conference this year were Lawrence and Mickie Greer and Elvis Allen. Society member Lisa McKinney also attended and was one of the featured speakers.
Editor's Note: Lawrence Greer has been an active member of the genealogical society for over 25 years and has been a great asset to the society and to the county as well. He not only deserves the honor of Volunteer of the Year, it is long overdue. He loves his county and he loves the people in it so he is a fine "ambassador of good will."
Society Dues Will Be Due Soon!
Annual membership dues for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society remain at $10 for an individual and $12 for a family. With prices of everything going up and up, this is still a bargain.
Dues are Due in January!
Remember, if you wait until after March 15 to pay your dues, we ask that you add an additional $5 because of mailing quarterlies individually. The extra $5 does not apply if you are able to pick up issues at the Library of Genealogy and Local History.
Reminders will be mailed out around the first of January to current members.
You never know what you might find in these award winning quarterlies! Members receive issues in February, May, August and November. Don't miss out!
The book of poems by member Martha Heard that were given free with book purchases at the seminar. These wonderful booklets are now available at the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton or by writing the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75193 and enclosing a check or money order for $5 plus $2 shipping.
This charming little book would make a great little Christmas gift for any genealogist. Just a thought!
2014 VZC Calendars Are Out!
The Van Zandt County Historical Commission has announced that the 2014 commemorative calendars are now available. This year's calendar features the old county schools and students. They can be purchased for $5 each by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton, located in the courthouse annex, or by sending a check or money order to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, attention Sibyl or Elvis, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
Sacred Harp Publication
The "Central Texas Musical Conventions" minutes and documents book is being completed and will be published very soon.
These precious records, donated by Jean Beard Sanders of Canton, are amazing and very interesting. Family history is not just dates and places, it is about what our ancestors' were like and what their daily lives were like.
Society member Benja Mize who is quite musically talented and just as her ancestors did attends the annual Sacred Harp conventions of today, pounced on these valuable old records and with the assistance of publication chairman, Sibyl Creasey, is preserving the documents in book form to be published sometime soon.
The old and crumbly handwritten documents were extremely difficult to read, faded and written in a sort of shorthand with misspelled words and almost no punctuation. But, still, very interesting and valuable because it reveals much about our ancestors, what their interests were and how they spent their spare time. The book will also include obituaries of deceased members that were read during the conventions as well as other information.
If anyone has material from the Central Texas (mostly Van Zandt and Henderson counties), please let us know by emailing BSMize@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Years in Van Zandt County Certificate
Our First Families of Van Zandt County certificate program has been so popular, we have added another lineage certificate. If your ancestor resided in this county more than 100 years from the current year, you would be eligible for a "100 Years in Van Zandt County" certificate. The rules are about the same, provide documentation beginning with you back to the ancestor who lived here at least 100 years ago. The cost is $25 and will get you an attractive certificate suitable for framing. The funds, of course, support the genealogical library.
For more details, check our website, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History, or email: BSMize@aol.com or email@example.com
Please note that the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society does not meet in December so there will be no newsletter for December. So.......
Happy Thanksgiving! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! ************ Happy Hunting, Everyone!
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