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

Ben Wheeler | Canton | Edgewood | Edom | Fruitvale | Grand Saline | Martin's Mill | Van | Wills Point

Neighboring Counties



  • Cemetery Listings Cemeteries of Van Zandt County with photos and some bios of folks buried there from the Van Zandt County TXGenWeb site.




Local Histories

  • Some History of Van Zandt County, 1919; reprinted,1977, by Wentworth Manning.
  • A History of Van Zandt County, 1976 by Margaret Elizabeth Hall.
  • History of Van Zandt County, 1950, by William Samuel Mills.
  • History of Van Zandt County, 1984, by the Van Zandt County History Book Committee.
  • Historical Places in Van Zandt County Many Van Zandt County historical sites and research helps on Bobby Pearce's "Field Guide to Historical Sites in Van Zandt County".
  • Van Zandt County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.



  • Veterans of Van Zandt County Muster Rolls, Civil War Pensioners, 1890 Texas Union Soldier Schedule, World War I Casualties, World War I Draft Registrations (by town), World War II Veterans  with pictures, from the Van Zandt County TXGenWeb 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

  • OPHGR (Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records)
    P. Vinson, President
    Canton, TX
    email: Website:
    These folks go to county courthouses, churches and other places where old documents and records are housed. They either scan the very old records with their oversized scanner or they transcribe those old documents and then publish them as books. Membership is $10.00/year if you have an email address and you get their Newsletter sent to you quarterly. Visit their web site for Publication Listings as well as membership information.
    They also host several workshops during the year. Topics include: Beginning Researcher, Internet Research, Beginner Computer Help as well as Native American/Melungeon/African American Research.
  • 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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • Miss B's Place. Some genealogical information concerning: Miller, Hickman, Edens, Christian, Payne, Teal, Long, Hollis, Ledbetter, Hodge, Heddins and Peebles.
  • Betty's World Genealogical information on Betty's Families of Abney, Boxley, Bradberry, Breazeale, Brown, Carter, Middleton, Norman, Pickens, Phillips, Stone, Summers, Tinsley, Wade, Wills/Wells, and General Andrew Pickens
  • Family History Library Catalog


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