Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Photo Found

A lady in Memphis has found a photo of an African-American family in her closet. Because of the ties Memphis has with various areas in North Mississippi especially, I thought I'd include it here in case anyone can help her identify the subjects and get the photo to someone who would truly appreciate it. [Free registration required.]

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

New Every Name 1900 MS Census Index has announced the completion of a new every name index to the 1900 Federal Census for Mississippi. Many libraries subscribe to Ancestry Plus which can be used on site in the library. Individual subscriptions to are a bit pricy and follow a controversial practice of automatic renewal if you don't cancel in time; however, many researchers find it a helpful tool.

Susie Mitchell Marshall

A 91-year-old Oxford woman is honored by Blue Cross, Blue Shield. She recalls her life in this article. She has written several regional history books.

Petal H. S. Class of 1941

The Petal High School Class of 1941 held a reunion this week.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Fernwood, Columbia, and Gulf Railroad

A history of one of Mississippi's short line railroads.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Columbus Pilgrimage

The annual Columbus Pilgrimage begins March 29 and runs through April 10. Tours of antebellum homes, gardens, and historic churches are among the highlights of the event.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Nathan Bedford Forrest Seminar

In conjunction with the Aberdeen Pilgrimage, a seminar will be held Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 6 PM at the Adams French mansion on N. Meridian St. The Civil War Re-Enactors in town for the North-South Skirmish will be camped on the grounds, and Gen. Parker Hills will speak on the tactics of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads. Admission to the seminar is free.

The seminar will be hosted by Terence Leary, and will be sponsored by Terence Leary, John Dwight Stevens, Stevens Auction Co., and Jerry Harlow and the Monroe County Historical Society.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Aberdeen Pilgrimage & Civil War Speaker

The 30th Aberdeen Pilgrimage will be April 7-10, 2005. I'm awaiting more specific information on the date and time of the event; however, Col. Parker, a popular Civil War historian, will address General Nathan Bedford Forrest's tactics in the Battle of Brices Crossroads. The event will be held at the Adams-French Mansion.

Partial Cemetery Relocation

When an airport runway is extended, 11 graves in the Reuben Chapel CME graveyard near Booneville will be relocated.

Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove, one of Vicksburg's historic homes that now is a bed and breakfast and restaurant, has a great house history online.

Sunday, March 20, 2005


Your early memories of Elvis are needed.

Phillip Hearn to Sign Books

Phillip Hearn, author of Hurricane Camille, will be autographing copies of his book at Reed's Gum Tree Book Store in Tupelo this Wednesday. For more about the appearance at the bookstore, at the library, and about the book, check out this review.

Millsaps College Offers Genealogy Class

Millsaps College is offering a genealogy class on Monday nights beginning in April.

Family History and Medicine

Family historians are being invited to a medical fair in New Orleans because of the importance of heredity in many diseases.

George Morgan to Speak

George Morgan, author of the popular "Along those Lines" column, is scheduled to speak in Hattiesburg on April 23, 2005.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Tupelo's Veterans Park

Archaeological tests show evidence that it is a former Indian site.

Mississippi - Movies - Morgan Freeman

An interesting article about Mississippi and its Hollywood connections.

Jackson & Civil Rights

Jackson's prominence in civil rights history attracts lots of tourists.

Green Hill Primitive Baptist Church

The Choctaw County Historical & Genealogical Society's Church series featured the Green Hill Primitive Baptist Church on March 7.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Family Research Association

This group meets on Tuesday evenings in the Jackson area. A few of the upcoming topics are mentioned.

Percy E. Foxworth Papers

The papers of Percy E. Foxworth, a native of Purvis, have been donated to the Ole Miss library. Mr. Foxworth was an FBI agent.

Camp Van Dorn Museum

The Camp Van Dorn Museum will officially open on Saturday in Centreville. It is located in a former bank building on Main Street.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Pascagoula Seeks Historic Designation for Beach

Pascagoula wants Beach Boulevard designated as an historic district.

Tupelo Hospital Honors Archer

The North Mississippi Medical Center has honored James Archer, the helicopter pilot who lost his life after 17 years of service, by placing a monument in his honor and naming its landing as the Archer Memorial Helipad.

Update: More here.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Genealogy Workshop Series

It will be held in the Jackson area. The first workshop will be at Mississippi College. All workshops are on Saturday mornings.

Jefferson Military College Reunion

Alumni and former faculty members met Saturday for the annual reunion for the college which closed its doors in 1964.

Natchez Pilgrimage Begins

Stanton Hall, Hawthorne, Elms Court, and Longwood have opened for the Pilgrimage.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Blogging to be Light

Blogging will be light for the next couple of weeks.

Update: I would suggest that you try Shawn Zehnder's Everything and But Nothing Blog which often contains Mississippi news items and some items of historical interest and Dick Eastman's EOGN's Other News which contains items from newspapers across the country related to history and genealogy. He includes Mississippi things regularly. I'll be back to my normal blogging schedule around March 13.

Tracks Disappearing

A piece of Pontotoc's history is being removed--its train tracks.

Mississippi Oral History Project

A lot of organizations are participating in the Mississippi Oral History Project.