Saturday, June 30, 2007

Military Hardware

The Commercial Dispatch offers a nice business history of Columbus' Military Hardware.


Courthouse Gets New Life

The Adams County Courthouse erected in 1853 is getting a new life as a federal courthouse. Renovations on the 154-year-old building are nearing completion.

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Rebuilding the Natural Barriers

The state of Mississippi is purchasing properties along the Gulf Coast to help rebuild natural barriers to prevent another disaster the size of Katrina.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Gulfport Church History

There is a new history of First United Methodist, Gulfport available. It was written Margaret and Dale Jackson.

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Mississippi Golf History

A post by Janice over at Cow Hampshire made me wonder what gems I might be able to uncover relating to golf's history in Mississippi. I discovered that there was a place called Keller's Green on the Mississippi Gulf as early as 1902 where one could find golfers. The first golf club in the state was called the Great Southern Club and was designed by a man from New Orleans, opening in 1908. You can read more about the history of golf on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the Gulf Coast Golf Association.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

American Baptist Register of 1852 Obituaries

Alvie Davidson has begun posting the American Baptist Register of 1852 Obituaries over on his blog. He's planning to post a letter a day until it is complete. He managed to get A-C posted today!

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Are You Indexing?

Many researchers are enjoying "giving" to the genealogical world by indexing records for Family Search Indexing. The 1900 Mississippi Census is one of the databases presently being indexed. We are up to Leake County, Mississippi alphabetically. If you aren't currently involved, consider joining! Other current options include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. I've actually indexed batches from almost every one of these states and a few others. However, I try to focus mainly on Mississippi.

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Pittsboro UMC Disbands & Gives Building to Historical Society

Pittsboro United Methodist Church is disbanding. The 77-year-old building will be donated to the Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society which plans to use it as a meeting facility.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mississippi . . . A Leader in Women's Property Rights

You can read all about it at the Itawamba Historical Society's blog.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Save a Pontotoc Home

The Pontotoc County Historical Society has 45 days to save the historic McMackin home which dates to the 1830s.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Pontotoc Historic District Planning

This article explores some of Pontotoc's past as it talks about the future or historic preservation in the city.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

SMGHS Seminar

South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society is hosting its annual seminar June 23 at the Peck House Annex in Hattiesburg. For more information, visit the seminar page. There is a link to a registration and lunch form on the left pane. Speakers include Grady Howell who will address the Civil War and Mexican War and Charles Sullivan who will talk about Beauvoir, researching the Gulf Coast counties, and Methodist camp meetings.

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New Mississippi Wiki

There's a new Wiki completely devoted to Mississippi. As an academic librarian, I feel compelled to remind you to always verify information obtained through wikis with recognized authoritative sources. Wikis can be edited by anyone, thus making it very easy for misinformation to be present. (Hat tip to Shawn.)

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Newsbank Adds Mississippi Paper

Newsbank has added Biloxi's Daily Herald for 7/1/1907 to 6/30/1916 to its Historical Newspaper collection. This database is available at many libraries.

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Mississippi's First Concrete Road

. . . was Lee County Road 681. Now all that remains is a portion which has been preserved. It was constructed in 1914 and cost $8,100 to build.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

GeneaBlogie blogs Mississippi

GeneaBlogie has been blogging about the Mississippi Delta this week. For specific posts, see:


Saturday, June 02, 2007

New Mississippi Databases at

Those of you with subscriptions to might want to check out this weeks' new databases. Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835 and Mississippi County Court Records are among the latest offerings.

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New Theater Database

Want to find out information about your favorite classic Mississippi theater? Information such as the opening date, architect, and number of seats can be found in the database at Cinema Treasures. There are 55 Mississippi theaters in the listings.


Friday, June 01, 2007

Tyrone Thomas Williams

Tyrone Thomas Williams was a Presbyterian minister who held ministries in Tippah and Tunica counties for many years. The Tunica Times article also documents much of the Tunica church's history.

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Tunica Woman Publishes Books

Vera Blue of Tunica has published two books documenting her family heritage.


Regional Genealogy Fair in Starkville

Mississippi State University's Special Collections will host the Regional Genealogical Fair IX on June 23, 2007. The event is co-sponsored by the local societies in Clay and Oktibbeha Counties and by MSU's libraries.

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