Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Van Zandt County

Library of Genealogy and Local History

250 Grove St., Suite 2, Canton, TX 75103

County Courthouse Annex



 Highlighted Amenities
  Computers for public genealogy research   Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi)   Photocopiers (black/white) fee per copy

 FREE access to Ancestry library edition

  Printers (black/white) fee per copy


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 are always on duty to help researchers.

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. We have over 512 family histories and over 143 genealogy charts, lineage, abstracts, records, and general materials.

Family Histories

Genealogy Materials


The library has three computers for public genealogy research, wireless internet service, copier/scanner (per copy fee), flatbed scanner for digital photos, and printer (per copy fee). There are three microfilm readers/printers for the extensive collection of county newspapers and old school records.

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. Please be very specific with your request.

* Surname

*Approximate time period your family lived in Van Zandt County

*Area of Van Zandt County your family resided

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.

2016 Volunteer Librarians for the Library of Genealogy and Local History

MONDAY: Morning: Joan Driver and Sandra Jones
Afternoon: Ellen Wheeler and Sylvia Barbee

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

WEDNESDAY: Morning: Sherrie Archer and Tanis Williams
Afternoon: Cindy Cooper and Pam Furrh

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

THURSDAY: Evening extended hours 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Beth Gordon

FRIDAY: Morning: Shirley Fuller and Paula Wilborn
Afternoon: Ellen Wheeler and Beth Gordon

SATURDAY: Morning: Various librarians

Shirley Fuller, Scott Fitzgerald, Elvis Allen, and Carrie Woolverton


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.

The Library of Genealogy and Local History is located between Grove and Terrell Street at Hwy 19 in Canton, Texas. To get to the library from out of county or out of state, coming from I-20, get off at Hwy 19 and go south to Canton. The library is one block north of the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 64 on the right. For business other than research with either the society or the library Email

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This page last updated 26 October 2017