Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just Added - DURHAM family

Added to genealogy collection: 

2 big binders of information on the DURHAM family. 

Just a few of the names are Mathew Durham and wife Susanna Lindsay; Thomas Durham and wife Margaret "Peggy" Lindsay; and William Washington Durham and wife Mary Jane McKinnon Durham. (many other names - too many to list!)

These binders include copies of pictures and correspondence, family group sheets, and more

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pike County Deaths, 1929-1933

PIKE COUNTY DEATH DATES, April 1929 - October 1933
                                                          (and April, 1934)

NEW! This list is now online! 

Click the link below to view and for more information: 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015


FYI: Ancestry Library Edition is no longer available through 
the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System. 

Library patrons may still access the U.S. Census and other records 
Search Census Records, US Indian Census Rolls, Freedman's Bank, and More
TO ACCESS: Go to pawl.ent.sirsi.net
On the left menu, click "More Links"
Scroll down and click "Heritage Quest" 
(PAWLS Library Card Required)

HeritageQuest can be accessed through the library and also from home (with a valid library card)
 More information on HeritageQuest is here: 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Genealogy Program!


A presentation by 
Adrianne Fortenberry Criminger

primary author of 
The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi (1984)

Join us for a discussion of: 

* New advances in researching family history

*how DNA can help you find relatives you
never knew you had

* Great ways to preserve your unique family stories

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P. M.
McComb Public Library Meeting Room
1022 Virginia Ave., McComb, MS   

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Important Announcement

Effective Monday, September 14, 2015, I will be the new Reference Librarian for the McComb Public Library. I will still be handling any Genealogy requests and maintain this blog and my Facebook page as I am able.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Historical Newspapers

New Additions to Chronicling America Historical Newspapers:

Access here:  Chronicling America - Mississippi

New Newspapers were added to that site for:

Also, one issue of Liberty's Southern Herald from 1866 has been added, and other newspapers on the site have had more issues added. 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Marriage Records

A new page has been added - Marriage Records

The McComb Public Library has microfilm of marriage records for Pike, Amite, Walthall, and Marion Counties. Please see this page for more information!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

African-American Resources

Newly cataloged African-American Resources 
(Located at the LIBERTY Public Library)

1. Negro Soldiers: Free Men of Color in the Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812
by Rosemarie Fay Loomis

2. Celebrating 117 Years! 
Rose Bower Missionary Baptist Church

3.  Lanterns At Our Feet: Legacy and Lessons from Amite County
Butts, Bradley, Walker, Robinson, Kenerson
by David Walker
(NOTE: See also the book Butts, Bradley, Walker, Robinson, and Kenerson by David Walker, also located at the Liberty Library)


Newly Cataloged

*McCOMB Library*

1. Lions Club History, 1938-1996
History of McComb Lions Club

2. The Canary Island Migration to Louisiana, 1778-1783
The history and passenger lists of the Islenos volunteer recruits and their families
Compiled and written by Sidney Louis Villere'

3. Conflict of the 1860s
The 7th Mississippi Regiment
written by William Hadskey 

 *LIBERTY Library*

1.  History of Liberty Presbyterian Church

2. The 1795 Chimney-tax of New Orleans 
A guide to the census of proprietors and residents of the Vieux Carre'
by Winston De Ville

3. Brown 
Descendants of Joseph Brown of Old Pike and Old Lawrence Counties, Mississippi
Researched and compiled by Gregory S. Smith

4. The Eli Robertson and Elizabeth Webb Family 
Lineage records compiled by Ouida Robertson Cooke

*GLOSTER Library*

1.  History of Operation of the Valley Lumber Co., Gloster Lumber Co., Inc., and the
Gloster Lumber Manufacturing Co. (a partnership) 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

It's Fixed!

The microfilm machine is repaired! That was fast. I am so happy someone was able to come right over and work on it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We Interrupt This Program...

Unfortunately, the microfilm machine here is out of order. A service call is being placed and hopefully someone can come soon and repair it. I'll post again once it is fixed. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blog Updates

*New Page Added - Family Files

*Yearbooks added to the Yearbook page 
(Located @ Progress Public Library and Walthall County Public Library)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Books added to McComb

Books Added to the Genealogy Collection of McComb Public Library

1. Residents of the Natchez District: 1784
by Carroll Ainsworth McElligot

2. Parish Maps of Ireland 
Depicting all townlands in the four Ulster Counties of Armagh, Donegal, Londonderry and Tyrone

3. Fighters for Independence
A guide to sources of biographical information on soldiers and sailors of the American Revolution
Edited by J. Todd White and Charles H. Lesser (1977)

4. The Toll of Independence 
Engagements & Battle Casualties of the American Revolution
Edited by Howard H. Peckham (1974)

5. Little Railroads which Helped Build Communities
A Study of Southeast Louisiana Railroads
by E. E. Puls

6.  Le Raconteur: Le Comite des Archives de la Louisiane
1987 Annual Edition
(Book is in English)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Heroes in Our Midst - June 6, 2015

The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System is celebrating HEROES this summer!

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., 
the McComb Public Library will host "Heroes in Our Midst." Several military veterans will be here to talk about their experiences. Light refreshments will be served.

Please come and show your support for America's heroes!

"Heroes in Our Midst"
McComb Public Library - Meeting Room
Saturday, June 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.

Address: 1022 Virginia Ave. McComb MS
Phone: 601-684-2661, Ext. 6

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"And speaking of which...": Holmesville

 Pike County turns 200 this year!!!!! 

There will be a ceremony in December to unveil a new historical marker at the original courthouse in Holmesville

Bicentennial Celebrations Planned

Blog post about Holmesville, Mississippi 
from the blog "And Speaking of Which..." by Jim Woodrick 

"And speaking of which...": Holmesville: In Pike County, Mississippi, there is a place – now just a ghost town – which was once a thriving center of commerce in the county. The ...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Added to Collection!

@McComb Library

* The Woodville Republican
Volume 5: January 1, 1881 - December 22, 1883
Volume 6: January 5, 1884 - December 26, 1891
Volume 7:  January 5, 1892 - December 28, 1895

Compiled by O'Levia Neil Wilson Wiese

* Compendium of the Confederate Armies - Mississippi
by Stewart Sifakis

* 1890 Genealogical Census Reconstruction - Mississippi Ed. 
Volumes 1 & 2  

by Sherida K. Eddlemon

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Look Back: March 29, 1915

McComb City Enterprise
Thursday, April 1, 1915

Pike County Field Day Contests Attract Large Crowd

Magnolia, Miss., March 29 ---
The annual field day exercises of the Pike county schools were held here Saturday, and attracted a large crowd. All contestants and visitors were entertained at dinner on the high school grounds by the ladies of Magnolia. The repast was served in picnic style. The musical and literary contests were held in the auditorium of the Magnolia High School and resulted as follows:

High school contests: Declamation, Charles Garland, McComb school;
expression, James Huff, Magnolia;
music, Mary Goza, Magnolia;
advanced spelling, Stella Kausler, McComb.

Grammar school contests: Declamation, Frank Goza, Magnolia;
expression, Dorris Lenoir, McComb;
music, Julia Lane, McComb;
spelling, Lillian Venable, McComb.

The athletic contests took place at the Pike County Fair Grounds and resulted as follows:

Senior athletics:
Standing broad jump: Herbert Cain, McComb, first; Enoch Gerald, McComb, second.
100-yard dash: Lucius Pigott, McComb, first; Gus Nelson, McComb, second.
1 mile run: Charles Lewman, McComb, no contest
Running broad jump: Enoch Gerald, McComb, first; Maxey Magee, second.
220-yard dash: Lucius Pigott, McComb, first; L. Brumfield, Silver Creek, second.

Standing high jump: Herbert Cain, McComb, first; John Burkholter and L. Brumfield tied for second place.
Half mile run: Russell Lewman, McComb, first; R. Dale, South McComb, second.
Running high jump: Herbert Cain, McComb, first; Kenna and McDaniel tied for second place.
Pole vault: Ardis Rushing, McComb, first; L. Simmons, Silver Creek, second.
Mile relay race: McComb, first: H. Larson, H. Cain, C. Lewman, and G. Nelson;
McComb second: L. Pigott, C. Gerald, J. Hart, and R. Lewman

Junior athletics:
Boys' 50-yard dash: Sammy Tuminello, Magnolia, first; David Felder, Jones, second.
Girls' 50-yard dash: Mary Ott, Osyka, first; Sallie Jourdan, Magnolia, second.
Quarter-mile relay: Won by Magnolia: George Lambert, Frank Goza, Sammy Tuminello, and Curtis McCormick

Monday, March 9, 2015

Newspapers Added to Chronicling America

Chronicling America has added more Historical Mississippi Newspapers! 

The most recently added newspapers cover the following areas: 

 NEW! Updated as of April 6, 2015!

Other Mississippi newspapers on Chronicling America cover: 


Click Here to see and view available titles and issues!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Titles Added!

McCOMB Library & LIBERTY Library

·         Autobiography & Stories of Henry P. Lewis, Itinerant Minister
New, revised edition, with added stories & photos about Methodism, the times & places in Mississippi, as well as Henry’s ancestors, his wife, Rebecca Tillery & their children, well sourced with new, detailed index
Compiled by Martha A. McKay & Edward Allen

McCOMB Library

·         Holmes County, Mississippi Pioneers
Tax Rolls for 1833, 1837, 1845; Abstracts from Will Book 1; Abstracts from Lexington Standard & Holmes Co. Record and Lexington Union; 1850 Slave Schedule; Information on Early Families
By Betty C. Wiltshire

·         Madison County, Mississippi Will Abstracts
Abstracts from Will Book A, 1829-1892
By Betty C. Wiltshire

·         Abstracts of Marion County, Mississippi 2nd District Marriage Records
(Held in Lamar County, MS)
These marriages took place in the part of Marion County that is now Lamar County.
            Compiled by Clarise Soper and Myrna Lazenby

·         Yazoo County, Mississippi Pioneers
Tax Lists for 1823, 1825, 1834, 1843; Abstracts from Will Book A; Probate Records Minute Books A, B, C, D; Marriage Books A & B; The Mexican War; Information on Early Families
By Betty C. Wiltshire


·         Index to Early Will & Probate Records of Adams Co., MS
By Carolyn Cole

Friday, February 20, 2015

Added to Our Collection!

LIBERTY Public Library

Sarepta Baptist Church History, 1810-1976

Paul Parker, Pastor --- Meadville, MS

MCCOMB Public Library

William Magee and Mary Margaret James

And Their Descendants, 1770-1993

The Youngblood Family

Some Descendants of Three Generations:
Benjamin and Susannah (Collins) Youngblood (Marion County, MS)

Henry and Sarah (Harvey) Youngblood

John Pearl and Matilda Elias (Norwood) Youngblood

Of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas

Compiled by Reba Holmes Brown

The Richest Poor Man of Two Centuries

The true story of our daddy, Claude Boone (1895-1965)

Written and compiled by A. D. Boone, a family member

Sartinsville, Mississippi (Published in Summit, MS)

Some Wills from the Burned Counties of Virginia

And Other Wills Not Listed in Virginia Wills and Administration 1632-1800

By William Lindsay Hopkins

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Just a note...

The Contact Me widget that was previously on the right side of my blog under the picture of the Genealogy Room is now located on my CONTACT page. It is now accessible to anyone whether on a computer or a mobile device.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Titles @ McComb

Titles Recently Donated to Genealogy 

@ McComb Public Library: 

* Mississippi Newspaper Obituaries, 1876-1885
by: Betty C. Wiltshire
Includes abstracts from a variety of Mississippi newspapers, including The Brookhaven Democrat, The Brookhaven Ledger, The Brookhaven Leader, and Summit Conservative Times.

* Index to Early Will and Probate Records of Adams Co., MS
by Carolyn Cole

*  Pardons by the President
Final reports of the names of persons who lived in Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, or Georgia, were engaged in rebellion and pardoned by the President, Andrew Johnson. 

* A List of the Early Settlers of Georgia
edited by E. Merton Coulter and Albert B. Saye

* Vital Records of Three Burned Counties
Births, marriages, and deaths of King and Queen, King William, and New Kent Counties, Virginia
by Therese Fisher

*  Alexandria and Alexandria (Arlington) County Virginia
Minister Returns and Marriage Bonds 1801-1852
Transcribed by T. Michael Miller

* Apprentices of Virginia, 1623-1800
  Harold B. Gill, Jr. 

*  Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750
Eliza Timberlake Davis

* Butler, Denson, and Allied Families
Research by Hoyt Butler
Other surnames appearing: 
Davidson, Spears, Spillman, Poindexter, Wilkinson, Heard, Jagers, Collins
* Virginia Genealogist
Volume 1, 1957
Volume 2, 1958
Volume 3, 1959
Volume 4, 1960
Volume 5, 1961
Volume 6, 1962
Volume 12, 1968
Each book includes January through March of each year.