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This page is dedicated to our local authors who have taken the time to research and create a manuscript and have that manuscript published. This takes time and dedication to a particular subject. All these books contain material from Van Zandt County. If you or someone you know has published an article in a magazine, a book or other published material that you would like to share with others, please contact Sibyl and the material will be place on this page.
"Building A County: Van Zandt County, 1848-1992" by Elvis Allen
The most recent publication by local author Elvis Allen is "Building A County, Van Zandt County, 1848-1992." This definitive story of Van Zandt County's progress from 1848 to 1992 is basely primarily on Commissioners' Court Minutes, records of the day to day business of the running the county. Mr. Allen is an avid historical researcher and has an impeccable reputation for factual accuracy. He serves as County Historian for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society and is a member of the Van Zandt County Historical Commission.
History is not boring to Mr. Allen and he conveys this in his writings, turning what could be a dry treatise into an exciting trip though the years of Van Zandt County existance, the county's ups and downs, its failures and its triumphs. His writing style is easy to read and flows from one chapter to the next.
This book contains maps, footnotes, bibliography, appendices and is fully indexed, a must for Van Zandt County researchers and an asset to any library. It is a beautifully hardbound volume with 235 pages. "Building A County" may be purchased for $32 at the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton. If shipped, the cost would be $35, and may be purchased directly from Elvis Allen, Allen Publishing, 452 CR 1130, Fruitvale, TX 75127
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