Van Zandt County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse



Cherokees occupied the area under a grant from Mexico in 1822 and were removed in 1839. The first post office, grist mill and saw mill were set up in 1845. During the Civil War the county was popularly known as the "Free state of Van Zandt".

Parent County

1848--Van Zandt County was created 20 March 1848 from Henderson County. County seat: Canton [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Cemeteries of Van Zandt County with photos and some bios of folks buried there can be found on Van Zandt County Website under the heading of Cemetery Listings .




Local Histories


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.

Societies and Libraries

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1388, Canton, Texas 75103
Phone: 903-537-5012

We spent a week there this summer. The library they have is WONDERFUL  and the staff extremely helpful. The location is at the court house annex. They have published Graveyards of Van Zandt Co., Tx - Vol A-E,  Marriage Record Books of Van Zandt Co. The library is open from 9AM - 5 PM - staffed by local volunteers who know about the county.

Web Sites

  • TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).