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Van Zandt County

Library of Genealogy and Local History

The Library of Genealogy and Local History is located at the County Courthouse Annex, Terrell St. & Hwy 19, Canton, Texas, 903-567-5012. Mailing and/or Shipping Address is: 250 Grove St., Canton, TX 75103. To get to the library from out of county or out of state, coming from I-20, get off at Hwy 19 and head for the center of town. Just before getting to the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 64, you will see a large parking lot on the right. The library is located at the back of this parking area. For business other than research with either the society or the library Email

The Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History is an off-site department of the main county library. It was established in August 1989 and has grown enormously since its beginning. Some consider it to be the finest library of its kind for the size county in the state of Texas. This library is manned, managed and totally supported by the Van Zandt Genealogical Society through the efforts of its dedicated members.

Hours of operation are regular and consistent, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteer librarians who are members of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society are always on duty to help researchers.

The library is located on the corner of Hwy 19 and Terrell St. near the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 64 in the Van Zandt County Courthouse Annex.

This genealogical library has over 75,000 pieces of research material and adding more each month.This collection includes books, periodicals, quarterlies, microfilm, microfiche, CDs and taped Oral Histories. There are four microfilm readers of which also print. There is a computer for public use for viewing the collection of genealogical research material on CD's containing records from many other states and three computers for internet connections.

The genealogical society maintains a massive Surname File at the library as well as Vertical Family Files containing contacts and family research material gathered for the past 10 years. And soon it will have Civil War Files, with individual files for over 500 Civil War veterans that were connected to Van Zandt County.

We are able to do limited research for those who can't visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in person. There is no charge for this service but we do ask that any copying charges be paid. Be very specific with your request, please. We will only look up your surname on specifically named records. We regret that we don't have the time to answer general requests, such as "all or any info that you have on John Doe." However, we can help you with that as well. We will place your research querie in our award winning quarterly, "Our Heritage." Please put "Lookup" or "Query" in the subject line of your email. When submitting a query to be placed in the society's quarterly "Our Heritage," always include your mailing address. Researchers are also welcome to write the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX, 75103, for information, enclosing a self addressed, stamped envelope. When writing either by mail or by email, please be very specific with your request.

The following is a list of the library's dedicated volunteer librarians. They are always happy to help patrons of the library and researchers everywhere.

2015 Volunteer Librarians for the Library of Genealogy and Local History

MONDAY: Morning: Linda Mays
Afternoon: Ellen Wheeler

TUESDAY: Morning: Joe Waddill, Kitty Wheeler and Tom Tyler
Afternoon: Linda Dean and Donna Carter

WEDNESDAY: Morning: Sherrie Archer
Afternoon: Laurie McDonald and Lisa McKinney

Thursday: Morning: Benja Mize and Larry Greer
Afternoon: Jan Crow

THURSDAY: Evening extended hours 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Ellen Wheeler

FRIDAY: Morning: Shirley Fuller and Jennifer Hadley
Afternoon: Ellen Wheeler and Beth Gordon

SATURDAY: Morning: Various librarians

If you live in the local area and would like to train to become a volunteer librarian for the Library of Genealogy and Local History, and are or would like to become an active member of the society, please contact society president Jan Crow.

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