A Mississippi Case Study
In her article "After Disaster Strikes the Courthouse" in the July/August 2007 issue of Family Chronicle, Emily Croom, author of Unpuzzling Your Past, uses a case study identifying the maiden name of Matilda Shelby of Smith County, Mississippi. The case was complicated because Smith, Jones, Covington, and Jasper Counties all suffered record losses. If you don't subscribe, you should purchase a copy at a bookstore or read a library copy. It's an interesting case! By the way, if you don't have a good introductory book on genealogical research, pick up a copy of Croom's book as well. It's shorter than some books of similar nature and gives a good introduction to the types of records available for research. I often recommend it to persons who are just beginning their ancestral quest.