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June Program

"The Mercer Colony of Northeast Texas" will be the program topic for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's meeting on Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at the main county library in Canton.
The featured speaker for the program will be Carol Taylor of Hunt County. She will give a brief history of this important colony but will focus primarily on the problems with land titles, the causes, the lack of leadership in Austin, and the delay until 1936 on some of the title claims. Part of the dispute went all the way to the US Supreme Court and was resolved in 1883.
Carol Taylor is the former director of the Northeast Texas Genealogy Center located in Greenville, Texas. She is chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission and has researched and written numerous historical markers for Hunt County.
She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Midwestern State University. She received a Masters Degree in History from Texas A&M University Commerce in 2008. Her Masters thesis reviewed the Mercer Colony of North East Texas from 1844-1850. She combines a love for history and genealogy into her specialty, "Merging Family History with Local History."
Carol Taylor began her family history at age twelve by interviewing relatives, some born in the 1890s. For more than thirty years genealogy has been an enduring interest. She has spoken to genealogy societies throughout North Texas and at the Angelina College Genealogy Conference in Lufkin.
She writes a weekly column "Tree Climbing," combining both local history and genealogy for the Greenville Herald Banner. Carol is co-author of The Devil's Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texas, and the War of Reconstruction. Mrs. Taylor is a member of APG, Lone Star Chapter of APG, National Genealogical Society, Dallas Genealogical Society, and Hopkins County Genealogical Society.



For further information on society membership, activities or the annual seminar, contact the Library of Genealogy and Local History at (903) 567-5012, or visit the library located in the courthouse annex in Canton.
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. Saturdays.

Library of Genealogy and Local History

Society members man and support the Library of Genealogy and Local History, an off-site department of the main county library, where members of the public can use to do genealogical and local history research at no charge. Volunteer librarians are always on duty to provide expert assistance.


Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month at the main county library, 2 p.m., with a variety of speakers presenting educational programs throughout the year. Visitors are always welcomed, and refreshments are served.


Shirley Fuller is the society's President and Ellen Wheeler is the Program Chairman. If anyone has an idea for a program, please let us know. Suggestions may be mailed to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or by emailing the Society.


Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Officers and Board Members for 2014

President: Shirley Fuller

1st Vice President and Program Chairman: Ellen Wheeler

2nd Vice President and Membership Chairman: Nancy Robertson

Recording Secretary: Sandra Jones

Corresponding Secretary: Jan Crow

Treasurer: Scott Fitzgerald

Public Relations: Sibyl Creasey

Parliamentarian: Beth Gordon

Quarterly Editor: Laurie McDonald

Members at large: Donna Carter and Sherrie Archer


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