Mississippi, USA, the Magnolia State scroll down for research resources
20th State; Statehood 1817; First Us census 1820; Capital City, Jackson
Some family names associated with Mississippi:
- Edwin Barksdale Alford 1792 NC – 1878 MS
- Martha P. (Smith) Alford 1802 SC – 1861 MS
- Mildred Olga (Brown) Ball b 1902 MS
- Allen Moses Brown 1836 MS – 1870
- Edward S. Brown 1806 GA – 1856 MS
- Emmaline (Smith) Brown 1831 MS – 1920 MS
- Hubert Allen Brown 1894 MS- 1971 MS
- Ina Lucille (Brown) Alford 1890 MS – 1972
- Jasper Pascal Brown 1865 MS- 1950 MS
- Junius Earl Brown 1892 MS – 1956
- Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown 1867 MS – 1887 MS
- Roy Jesse Brown 1902 MS – 1956 MS
- Thelma Lady Brown 1908 MS – 1979
- Isaac Nelson Brumfield 1823 LA – 1909 MS
- Martha Elizabeth (Alford) Brumfield b 1846 MS
- Willis Brumfield 1794 SC – 1833, m 1818 MS
- Burrell Taylor Fortenberry 1820 MS – 1863 MS
- Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry 1888 MS – 1942
- Tate Edward Fortenberry b 1885 MS
- William Jasper Fortenberry c1772 SC- 1842 MS
- Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry 1786 – 1858 MS
- Lyda Mearl (Brown) Pierce 1900 MS – 1979 MS
- Euseba (Fortenbery) Smith 1809 SC – 1878 MS
- Jeremiah Smith Sr. 1755 – c 1827 MS
- Mavis Marie (Brown) Smith 1897 MS – 1928 MS
History & Overview. According to the History Channel Website:
Mississippi joined the Union as the 20th state in 1817 and gets its name from the Mississippi River, which forms its western border. Early inhabitants of the area that became Mississippi included the Choctaw, Natchez and Chickasaw. Spanish explorers arrived in the region in 1540 but it was the French who established the first permanent settlement in present-day Mississippi in 1699. During the first half of the 19th century, Mississippi was the top cotton producer in the United States, and owners of large plantations depended on the labor of black slaves. Mississippi seceded from the Union in 1861 and suffered greatly during the American Civil War. Despite the abolition of slavery, racial discrimination endured in Mississippi, and the state was a battleground of the Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century. In the early 21st century, Mississippi ranked among America’s poorest states.
Websites useful for Mississippi research:
- Access Genealogy – Free Data & Links for Mississippi
- The American Alford Family Association
- American Papers
- Ancestor Hunt – Many links to state resources; newspapers
- Cyndi’s List for Mississippi
- Genealogy Trails: Mississippi Links to State Data & County websites
- Mississippi Department of Archives & History
- Mississippi Facts & Trivia
- Mississippi Historical Society
- Mississippi Online Historical Newspapers
- Pike Amite Walthall Library System
- Pike Amite Walthall Library, Vertical Files Inventory: Alford & Brumfield
- South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society
- SW Mississippi Genealogy Society
- US Bureau of Land Management, Land Office Records; Land Patents
A few of my Blog Posts on MS Research:
- Book: Marion Co., MS Misc Records by Williams
- Book: Abstracts of Obituaries in LA & MS
- Mississippi Books in Salt Lake City
- The Pike – Amite – Walthall Library
- Maps of Amite Co., MS by Boyd
- Maps of Pike Co., MS by Boyd
Books for Mississippi research:
- Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike County, Mississippi. Deluxe. Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005. [Other counties available]
- Conerly, Luke Ward. Pike County Mississippi, Pioneer Families & Confederate Soldiers, 1798 – 1876. 2008 Edition. Madison, Georgia: Southern Lion Books, 1909.
- Conerly, Luke Ward. Resource Records of Pike / Walthall Counties MS, 1798 – 1910. Reprint. Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1989.
- Criminger, Adrianne Fortenberry. The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi with Early Records Concerning the Faulkenberry/Fortenberry Families of the South. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1984.
- Fortinberry, G. K. Abstract History of the Fortinberry Family. Privately Published, 1942. This is available on Microfilm #1036152 at the Family History Libraries.
- Potter, Dorothy Williams. Passports of Southeastern Pioneers 1770 – 1823. Reprint. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., 1990.
- Sartin Parish, Ary & June. Cemetery Inscriptions Pike County, Mississippi 1750 – 1978. 1979.
- Williams, E. Russ. Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee’s Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882 – 1924. Monroe, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1978. From the Louisiana Archives, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Williams, E. R. (2002). Marion County, Mississippi, Miscellaneous Records. Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press. (Original work published 1986).
Books from the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah:
- Arnold, Jr., Stanley W., and Louise Anderson. Marion County Mississippi Cemeteries. 2nd Printing. North Little Rock, Arkansas: Custom Printing, 1988.
- Marion County Historical Society, First. History of Marion County, Mississippi. Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Pub Co, Inc. 976.221
- Upton, Mrs. Robert Chester. Marriage Records Marion Co, MS 1812 – 1860. 1958. 976.221
- Williams, E. Russ. Marion Co MS Miscellaneous records, 1812 – 1859. Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1986. 976.221
- Williams, Jr., E. Russ. Abstracts of Deeds Marion Co, MS. 1962.
- Williams, Jr., E. Russ. Orphan Court Records 1812 – 1859 Marion Co, MS. Bogalusa, LA: 1962. 976.221
- Williams, Jr., E. Russ. Records of Marion Co, MS. 1965. 3. 976.221
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1878. Greenwell Springs, LA.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1885. Greenwell Springs, LA.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1890. Greenwell Springs, LA.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1900.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1912.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1920.
- Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike Co, MS School Census, 1933.