Genealogical society names volunteer of the year

Sandra Jones congratulates Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Volunteer of the Year Tom Tyler

At the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting Jan. 23, Tom Tyler of Canton was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for 2015. 

Tyler is a regular volunteer librarian at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History. He assists with numerous projects of the society and volunteers to take tombstone photos at local cemeteries in answer to requests through

A regular feature of the genealogy meetings is a short item of genealogical or historical interest presented by Martha Heard of Canton.  This month’s topic was the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.

An entertaining program was presented by Benja Mize of Canton to install the new officers. 

Officers for the new year are President Jan Crow; First Vice President Ellen Wheeler; Second Vice President Beth Gordon; Recording Secretary Sylvia Barbee; Corresponding Secretary Sandra Jones; Treasurer Scott Fitzgerald; Publicity Sherrie Archer; Directors at- Large Shirley Fuller and Tom Tyler; Quarterly Editor Laurie McDonald; Webmaster Angela Jobe; and Parliamentarian Donna Carter. 

The genealogical society meetings are held at 2 p.m.the fourth Saturday of each month except December, in the Buchanan Room of the Van Zandt County Library.  The meetings are open to the public and all are warmly welcomed, organizers said.

For more information about the society, visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History in the County Courthouse Annex in Canton or call 903-567-5012.