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Van Zandt County Genealogical Society



The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society is proud of its committment to publishing genealogical resource books for the serious researcher. Every effort has been made for excellence and accuracy of the transcribed and compiled records of Van Zandt County. All publications, with the exception of the VZC History/Biographies Book II, are softcover and spiral bound in order to keep the cost to purchasers as low as possible and still provide a professional product. We regret that because of the rising costs of printing, we have had to increase the prices of our publications. But in order to benefit researchers, we have included the cost of postage, shipping and handling in all our society publications, books and CD's.


The following is a list of all Society publications. If you would like to make a purchase, write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.

Book Prices subject to change due to printing costs and postage increases

Complete listing, prices and Order Form


Please Note: There is a $4 cost per for shipping plus $1 for each additional book.


Van Zandt County Court Minutes, Vol. C, 1872-1881 transcribed and edited by Elvis Allen and Linda Mays is now available for purchase. This is a very important work as it contains the activities of the county government just after the Civil War. This soft cover volume is over 300 pages and contains a full name index. This book is a must for those interested in and researching Van Zandt County. To purchase, send a check or money order for $35 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton. (This volume won First Place for Excellence at the Texas State Genealogical Society's 2012 conference.)


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. VI, 1923-1926 transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from all the county newspapers that are available on microfilm. The years covered are from 1923-1926. The newspapers are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. This book is soft cover, spiral bound, contains over 300 pages with a surname index. The obits and death notices have been organized in chronological order as well. Available for $35.


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. V, 1919-1922 transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from all the county newspapers that are available on microfilm. The years covered are from 1919 to 1922. The newspapers are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. This book is soft cover, spiral bound, contains over 300 pages with a surname index. The obits and death notices have been organized in chronological order as well. Available for $35.


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. IV, 1914-1918 transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from all the county newspapers that are available on microfilm. The years covered are from 1914 to 1918. The newspapers are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. This book is soft cover, spiral bound, contains over 300 pages with a surname index. The obits and death notices have been organized in chronological order as well.

To purchase this new genealogical resource book, send check or money order for $35 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton.


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. III, 1908-1913 transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from all the county newspapers that are available on microfilm. The years covered are from 1908 to 1913. The newspapers are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. This book is soft cover, spiral bound, contains over 300 pages with a surname index. The obits and death notices have been organized in chronological order as well. (This volume won Third Place for Excellence at the Texas State Genealogical Society's 2010 conference.)

To purchase this genealogical resource book, send check or money order for $35 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton.


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. II, 1901-1907 transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from all the county newspapers that are available on microfilm. The years covered are from 1901 to 1907. The newspapers are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. This book is soft cover, spiral bound, contains 285 pages with a surname index. The obits and death notices have been organized in chronological order as well. This volume won Third Place for Excellence at the Texas State Genealogical Society's 2009 conference in Austin.

To purchase this new genealogical resource book, send check or money order for $35 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton.


"Early Obituaries and Death Notices of Van Zandt County, Vol. I, 1874-1900" transcribed and typed by members of the society and compiled by Sibyl Creasey, this book contains obituaries and death notices from 1874 to 1900. There are only three obituaries from 1874 and were for Milo Manning, an early pioneer. Those few from 1878 were re-published in 1900 by the Wills Point Chronicle. From 1884 to 1900, the obituaries and death notices were taken from those old newspapers that survived to be microfilmed and the rolls are housed in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the court house annex in Canton. Not all newspapers of that period survived to be microfilmed. Some issues in the earlier years are missing as well as some pages. Some obituaries are long and flowery but charming to read. Death notices might be a line or two taken from the community news columns. The book is soft-cover and contains 255 pages with surname index. (Won third place for excellence from the Texas State Genealogical Society)

To purchase this new genealogical resource book, send check or money order for $35 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton.


"Desperate Characters of Van Zandt County" by Cheryl D. Vaughn has been purchased from Cheryl. This is a very exciting book added to the society's publication List. The book belongs in every library housing Van Zandt County research and on the shelves of all serious Van Zandt County researchers. It contains information on inmates of the county jail taken from the County Sheriff's Prisoner Record Book plus biographies of the sheriffs in office during the time period which was between 1890 and 1917. Vagrants are also listed, as are indigents, some of whom were only indigent for a short while. Some became permanent wards of the county. People waiting insanity hearings and epileptics were also included among the inmates. excellent information and very interesting reading. The book is available for purchase by sending a check or money order for $30 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton. (Won Overall Excellence Award from the Texas State Genealogical Society)

"Reconstruction Records of Van Zandt County" is a new publication, transcribed and compiled by society member Linda Mays. It contains the voter Registration List, 1867-1869; Occupational Tax Records, 1869-1874 and Poll Tax Records, 1872. Soft cover, comb binding, this is a small volume that is crammed full of information on the people who lived in Van Zandt County during the Reconstruction following the Civil War. The cost is $20 and this book may be obtained by writing to the society at the address above or visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton. (Won first place for excellence from the Texas State Genealogical Society)


Van Zandt County Court Minutes, Vol. A & B, 1848-1871 transcribed and edited by Elvis Allen, assisted by Cheryl Vaughn, is now available for purchase through the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society. This is a very important work as it contains the activities of the county government from the creation of the county, up to, during and after the Civil War. It contains 305 pages, four maps and a 36 page full name index. This book is a must for those interested in and researching Van Zandt County. This volume captures 23 formative years of county history and the men and women who made the history. A hardbound copy is $35. Copies are also available at the Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton.


"Civil War Veterans of Van Zandt County" contains almost 300 pages of records relating to Civil War Veterans who lived and/or died in Van Zandt County. Many obituaries and family histories are included in this volume as well as around 50 photos. The photos did not reproduce very well so the society will be offering a CD with all the photos which may be printed in better quality. Although some of the information contained in this book came from previously published books, there is a multitude of new information. This book is soft-cover and spiral bound and is available for purchase for $30 and may be obtained by sending a check or money order to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton.


"School Days In Van Zandt County, TX, Vol. I" contains the scholastic census records for 1854, 1861, 1889-90, 1890-91, and 1892-93. This is the first of a series of books focusing on the scholastic census records for the early days, the 1890's, the period from about 1917 to about the 1930, and will include some histories of the school system in the county. Price $30. School records are sometimes the only record that exist for the period of time between census years and to offset the loss of the 1890 census. The records include the names of the student, age, sex, and a parent or guardian. (Won Second Place for excellence in the Texas State Genealogical Society's annual writing competition)


"School Days In Van Zandt County, Vol. II" includes scholastic census records for the years 1893-94 and 1895-96. Child's name, age and sex, and parent or guardian are listed. This book is soft-cover, spiral bound, with approximately 250 pages, very good material for linking children and parents inbetween census years, especially valuable because of the loss of the 1890 Federal Census. It is the second in the series and the last of the records for the 1890's. No more school records were preserved for this county until the 1920's. To obtain this book, send a check or money order for $30 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. Copies may also be obtained by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. (Won Honorable Mention for excellence in the Texas State Genealogical Society's annual writing competition)


"School Days in Van Zandt County, Vol. III" is a book of the county school census records for the years 1921-22 for the larger schools in the county, and 1923-24 for all the schools in the county. These are records that have been saved and microfilmed. This book has valuable information for connecting family members between federal census years. The book also contains brief histories of most schools and some school photos. It is soft-cover, spiral bound, indexed, and contains almost 300 pages. It is available for $30 by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. (Won Third Place Award for Excellence from the 2004 Texas State Genealogical Society's annual writing competition!)


"Graveyards of Van Zandt County, Vol. A, Revised" covers the following cemeteries in the Southeast section of the county: Allen-Enas-Oakes Family, Asbury, Bethlehem, Caldwell-Kennedy- Hill-Manley, Carter, Colfax, County Line-Redland Community, Cox, Douglass Child's Grave, Douthit Family, Edom, Flatwood, Frontier Red Hill, Geddie-McPhail Family, Gray Family, Holly Springs, Ingram, Jacobs, Liberty, Marvin Chapel, Morris Chapel, Mt. Pisgah, New Harmony (Primrose), Pleasant Hill, Prairie Creek, Prairie Springs, Smith Family, Tidmore, and Walters Family cemeteries. Price: $30, includes postage and handling. These cemeteries have been resurveyed and republished in Vol A, revised. It is a soft-cover, spiral bound, indexed, and contains over 300 pages. It may be obtained by sending a check or money order for $30 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. Copies may also be obtained by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History in Canton.


"Graveyards of Van Zandt County, Volume B" includes the following Northeast Section cemeteries: Central/Shields, Corinth, Creagleville, Dickerson, Erwin, Fairway Garden of Memories, Gipson, Jones Community, Kuykendall/Bratcher, Lide, Morris, Mt. Lebanon, Oakland, Old Stone/Bush, Padgett, Pate, Peterson, Poletown, Pool, Reid, Riverside, Rodgers, Sand Flat, Silver Lake, Starr, Woodside, and Yarborough cemeteries. Price: $30.



"Graveyards of Van Zandt County, Volume C" includes the following Northwest Section cemeteries: Allen/White, Barrett, Blair/Bundy, Bright Star/McBride, Daniel, Edgefield, Elliott, Howell, Johnson, Jones, Moore, Morence, Myrtle Springs, New Hope, North Side of Old Edgewood, Oak Hill, Rock Hill, Rocking G., Rocky Point, Small, Union Grove, White Rose, and Woodall cemeteries. Price: $30. (Won First Place for Excellence in the Texas State Genealogical Society annual writing competition)


"Graveyards of Van Zandt Co., TX, Vol. D" is the fourth in a series of updated graveyard books and covers the southwest section of the county. It is softcover and spiral bound. Cemeteries included in Volume D are: Aanonson/Aanonsen, Beard/Baird, Bethel/ Old Bethel, Cana, Chinquapin, Cool Springs, Elm Grove, Fairview (Scott), Field, Flatt-Roberts/Creed, Four Mile Prairie, High, Kennedy Family, Morris (China Grove), Phalba, Poor Farm, Tarver, Wesley Chapel, and Zion Hill cemeteries. Price: $30. (Won Third Place for Excellence in the TSGS annual writing competition)


"Graveyards of Van Zandt Co., TX, Vol. E." This book, the final one of a series of five, is soft-cover, spiral bound, indexed, and contains the updated surveys of Haven of Memories, Hillcrest, Scott/Johnson, Big Rock, Cedar Creek Memorial, Dave's Retreat, McBee, Moody Grave, Rohrer Springs, Riggs Family, Ryden Memorial, and Toumbes-Venable cemeteries. "Graveyards, Vol. E" may be obtained either at the Library of Genealogy and Local History or by sending a check or money order for $30 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. 1388, Canton, TX 75103. (Won Honorable Mention for excellence in the Texas State Genealogical Society's annual writing competition)



Census Records Van Zandt County: 1880, price $30.


1900 Van Zandt County Census Index: Head of Household index only, price $15,


Van Zandt County Marriage Index Book I: Book I covers the time period from 1848 to 1909. Alphabetical order according to Groom, surname index for Brides. Price $25 each.


Van Zandt County Marriage Index Book II: Book II covers the time period from 1909 to 1931. Both Grooms and Brides indexed. Price $25 each.


Marriage Book III, Van Zandt County, 1932-1950: This is a soft cover, spiral bound marriage index book, and contains over 550 pages, a project which took society members Quana Barber and Millie Shaw several years to complete. It has separate groom and bride sections in alphabetical order, and includes the officiant of each marriage. There are approximately 5,200 marriages included in the index book along with a separate listing of officiants. This fine book is a must for researchers desiring marriage documents for the years 1932 through 1950. To obtain this book, send a check or money order for $45 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. Copies can also be obtained by visiting the Library of Genealogy and Local History.


Divorce Records of Van Zandt County contains almost 200 pages and over 600 abstracts from county divorce records. It is soft cover, spiral bound. Either may be obtained for $30 by sending a check or money order to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103


"1890 In Van Zandt County, TX" is a compilation of 1890 county records as a partial replacement for missing 1890 census record. It contains the 1890 tax roll; list of 1890 county officials; 1889-90 Scholastic Census; 1890-91 Scholastic Census; 1890 List of Schools; 1890 Special Census for Union Veterans and Widows of Veterans; 30 biographies of VZC citizens; and extracts from the 1890 Canton Telephone Newspaper. Price $30. (Won First Place for Excellence in the TSGS annual writing competition)


Van Zandt County Histories and Biographies, Vol. II is a large, fully indexed, hardbound book. Contains biographies submitted by researchers with Van Zandt County roots. Also contains a large section covering the histories of post offices in Van Zandt County, includes histories of the communities and the early settlers who lived in them. Price $60. (only a few books left in stock, soon will be out of print)


Van Zandt County Histories and Biographies, Vol. I (Long out of print) Now available on CD. Price $50. Tax and postage included.


"Olde Tyme Recipes of Van Zandt County" is one of the best publications for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society and is a very unique volume, containing recipes that have been handed down by our ancestors, recipes found in old newspapers, excerpts from very old and battered (and treasured!) cookbooks in the possession of society members. This book also contains biographical information on the submitters and some historical data on most of the recipes. Sections of this book are fascinating to read and gives one the sense of the "good old days" in Van Zandt County. Chairman of the project and compiler of this volume, Betty Miller, combined good tried and true recipes with a "flavor" of the past in this county. The book is softcover, spiral bound, indexed for recipes and for submitters, and sells for $30. Also available on CD.


Van Zandt County Books on CD

For the convenience of our members, patrons, and researchers, the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society has begun a program of placing published books on CD's. The following is a list of what is available and the prices:

"Olde Tyme Recipes of Van Zandt County, TX": Price for CD: $15 each.

Marriage Books I, II and III, plus Divorce Book: Price for CD: $40 each.

Van Zandt County Quarterlies, 1980-2003: Price for CD: $15 each.

Graveyards of Van Zandt Co., TX, All Volumns: Price for CD: $40 each.

Van Zandt County Histories & Biographies, Book I: (out of print in book form): Price for CD: $50 each.

1890 in Van Zandt County, TX: Price for CD: $150 each.

All prices for CD's includes shipping and handling.


Send check or money order for any of the above items to:

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1388

Canton, TX 75103



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