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The photograph, above, is the home of Jasper Pascal Brown in Pike County, MS.

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:

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:

Mississippi Blogs:

A few of my Blog Posts on MS Research:

Books for Mississippi research:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike County, Mississippi. Deluxe. Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005. [Other counties available]
  • Casey, A. (2001). Amite County, Mississippi; 1699 – 1890; The Environs (Vol. 3). Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press.
  • 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.

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