Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Workshop in Canton, Texas, Aug. 12, 9:30 to 2 p.m.

All are welcome! The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will hold a research workshop Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Van Zandt County Library in the Buchanan Room, 317 First Monday Lane, in Canton. Workshop leaders will help both beginning and experienced researchers move ahead with their genealogy. The day-long workshop will begin with a session on basic research and will cover the gamut of genealogy topics, including birth, marriage, tax, census and death records. The new records available on the Internet and how to use them will also be covered. In addition, newspaper, funeral home, phone and business directories will be explored. Participants will also learn how to “Think Outside the Box” and to organize a genealogy research trip. A video outlining the rich resources of the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History will cap the day. Cost is $5. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Door prizes will be given. Registration can be made in person at the Library of Genealogy and Local History at the County Courthouse Annex at the corner of Terrell St. and Hwy. 19 in Canton; by phone 903-567-5012; or by email at ellnwheeler@aol.com. Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month, with a variety of speakers presenting educational programs throughout the year. Visitors are always welcomed, and refreshments are served. For further information on society activities, call or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, 903-567-5012. The email address is vanzandtgensoc@etcable.net. (Meetings are held at the main library at 317 First Monday Lane. The main library itself is closed on Saturdays, but the meeting room is open.) Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The genealogy library is also open Thursday evenings until 6 p.m.