Mississippi Genealogy

Mississippi Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Mississippi ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Mississippi history.

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Mississippi Biographies

History of Mississippi

  • The Origin Of Certain Place Names In The State Of Mississippi
    The contribution, of which this paper forms a part was prepared for publication as a bulletin of the U. S. Geological Survey under the title of The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States.
  • Alcorn’s Administration
    James L. Alcorn presided as Governor of Mississippi during the Reconstruction period. This article should be read in context of the generation it was written in, and deference given by the obvious proclivities of the author, Dunbar Rowland.
  • Advent of the Flag
    The United States flag was first raised in the Natchez district, at the mouth of Bayou Pierre, by a little guard of American soldiers, on the evening of February 22, 1797, the birthday of George Washington, and in the last fortnight of his administration as president. It had required eight years of war and diplomacy under his unwavering and steadfast leadership, to unfurl the flag at Detroit and Natchez.
  • Mississippi History
    With most of the recent additions made to the site centered around the history of Mississippi, I have developed a page where you will find an outline of Mississippi history as it occurs on this website.
  • Early Mississippi Forts
    Forts were a crucial requirement for French and English settlement in the United States. The fort buildings themselves were often constructed before a town building would be created. Any movement west was normally foretold by the construction of a fort in the area. This section of our site showcases the history of many of the early forts which were constructed in Mississippi.
  • Plantation Life in Mississippi Before War
    A pleasing picture of plantation life in Mississippi before the Civil War, and an attempt to preserve something of the manners, customs and deeds of that time. As in many Southern writings soon after the Civil War, the history of the “Old South” which included slavery is often painted as an idyllic setting rather then a realistic portrait of that time. That is true in this portrayal we bring to you. Please realize that the latitude with which a writer has is expansive, and this author took such liberties to heart, as he readily admits.
  • The Catholic Church In Mississippi During Colonial Times
    Early in Mississippi colonial history, the Catholic Church sent missionaries to the various Indian tribes of Mississippi to preach to the natives. These missionaries were largely unsuccessful in converting the tribesmen to Christian religion. This article introduces the reader to the early missionaries and discusses their successes and failures.
  • The Clinton Riot
    1875, the second year of the administration of Adelbert Ames as the Carpetbag Charlatan of a mongrel governmental mixture, was made notorious by the outbreak of race wars over the State, in which freedmen were arrayed against freemen
  • Mississippi Counties, Cities and Towns, 1891
    A brief visit to each county as known in 1891.  Each county lists some historical facts, Person of Interest, Business, Churches, Secret Societies of the town. In the years since this was written many of the county lines have changes, some no longer exist.
  • American Domain
    The prompt cession of western lands to the United States by Virginia and more northern states simplified the problem of asserting American jurisdiction in the northwest. But in the southwest the refusal of Georgia to adopt this policy complicated the problem. It was doubtful under the articles of confederation whether the United States congress had a right to treat regarding Indian boundaries in the wilderness claimed by any one of the states. This was one of the most vexatious questions of that day. Georgia was uncompromising in claiming exclusive domain back to the Mississippi. and did all she could in assertion of a power to sell the land without regard to the Indian title.
  • Early Agricultural Organizations of Mississippi
    Provides a brief overview of the early history of the State Grange, Farmers’ Alliance, Agricultural Wheel, State Horticultural Society, Mississippi Valley Cotton Planters’ Association, and Southern Cotton Association.
  • History of Agriculture in Mississippi
    Provides an overview of agriculture in Mississippi from the French settlement of the Natchez until 1900.

Military History of Mississippi

  • The Battle of Tupelo, or Harrisburg, July 14th, 1863
    After the Confederate victory at the battle of Brice’s Crossroads, the supply lines for William T. Sherman’s armies in Georgia became increasingly vulnerable. District commander, Cadwallader C. Washburn dispatched a force under General Andrew J. Smith to deal with Confederate cavalier, Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Battle of Tupelo was a Union victory over Confederate forces in northern Mississippi which ensured the safety of William T. Sherman’s supply lines.
  • Battle of Brice’s Cross Roads, Or Tishomingo Creek, June 2nd to 12th, 1864
    The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads was fought on June 10, 1864, near Baldwyn in Lee County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. It pitted a 4,787-man contingent led by Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest against an 7,900-strong Union force led by Brigadier General Samuel D. Sturgis. The battle ended in a rout of the Union forces and cemented Forrest’s reputation as one of the great cavalrymen.

Native American Battles

County Websites

Neighboring States

1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi Census

Finally I found some time this weekend to place online the 1850 census for Lawrence County, Mississippi. This census provides information on residents of Lawrence County, Mississippi during 1850. The 1850 census was the first census to provide names of all members of the household, prior to this census, only…
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Lawrence County, Mississippi Genealogy

Welcome to Lawrence County, Mississippi Genealogy! My name is Dennis Partridge and I am the host for Lawrence County, MSGenWeb.  If you have any information that you would like to contribute to our site such as family Bible records, cemetery records, land records, deeds, wills, marriages, obituaries, old newspaper articles,…
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Ruth Denson Death Certificate Transcription

The following death certificate transcription was forwarded to Madison County, ALGenWeb by Jeanne Hicks. State of Mississippi Mississippi State of Department of Health Vital Records Registration District No 557 File No 1070 Primary Registration District  No 8987 Place of Death: Silver Creek, Lawrence County, Mississippi Full Name: Mrs Ruth Denson…
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Robert A. Cole Death Certificate Transcription

The following death certificate transcription was forwarded to Madison County, ALGenWeb by Jeanne Hicks. State of Mississippi Mississippi State of Department of Health Vital Records Standard Certificate of Death State File No 4340 State of Mississippi Registrar’s No 19 Place of Death: Monticello, Lawrence County, Mississippi Inside or Outside City?…
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James J Denson Death Certificate Transcription

State of Mississippi Mississippi State of Department of Health Vital Records Place of Death: Silver Creek, Lawrence County, Mississippi Registration District No 557 File No 12781 Primary Registration District No 4449   Full Name: Jas J Denson Veteran: Not Male White widowed Birth date of deceased: 29 Feb 1836 Date…
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Family of William H. Bowen

William Bowen was born in North Carolina about 1794. William was a merchant while living in 1850 in Lawrence County, Mississippi, and a druggist while residing in Jefferson County, Mississippi in 1860. He married Eliza K. ? and had at least the following children, all born in South Carolina: John…
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Mt Olive Church Of Christ Cemetery

Bogue Chitto, Lawrence County, Mississippi This information is taken from photographs made by Nancy Kossum and Marie Alexander Kossum in 1994. The photos are very clear; however, a few stones are weathered and did not photograph sharply. This information is transcribed as correctly as possible. If it was not entirely…
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Mount Moriah Cemetery, Silver Creek, Mississippi

Mount Moriah Cemetery, Silver Creek, Mississippi The following cemetery photograph was taken in the 1930’s by J. Howard Pennington. Transcribed on the back of the photo is the following: Click on the thumbnail photo above to see a larger version. J. Howard Pennington was the grandfather of Gerald Pennington who…
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1870 Lawrence County Census

  Monticello P. O. P 173-180 FN Name Age Sex Race Occupation Value R. E. Personal Place of Birth 1/1 Learey Spewis ? W 2/2 Nairne Wm. ? W 3/3 Moore Mary B 4/4 Block Catherine W 5/5 Bloom Sibley W 6/6 Blount Finsey B 7/7 Dillion Dillard W W…
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12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

12th Infantry Regiment was assembled at Corinth, Mississippi, in May, 1861. The men were from the counties of Hinds, Adams, Lawrence, Copiah, Warren, Panola, Claiborne, Yazoo, Jefferson,  Holmes, and Calhoun. Ordered to Virginia, it was assigned to General Rodes’, Featherston’s, Posey’s, and Harris’ Brigade. The regiment participated in the various…
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