ETGS meeting set Jan. 13 in Tyler


Speakers Benja Pittman Mize and Lawrence Greer are scheduled to discuss the historic Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton at the next meeting of the East Texas Genealogical Society at 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Tyler Public Library, officials said.

Mize and Greer have spent five years researching the cemetery and documenting their findings in their book, “Stories Beneath the Stones.’’

In addition to discussing their book, they are scheduled to talk about cemetery research and how to identify and document unmarked graves.

Greer is a native of Van Zandt County, with connections dating to the beginning of the county and the city of Canton. He resides on a portion of the property that his ancestors settled in 1860.

Mize lives on the family’s land grant farm and is a fourth generation native of Van Zandt County. She is a retired Assessment Specialist from Dallas ISD and is a member of several genealogical organizations.

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