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Monday, March 24, 2014

Inventory of the Marriage Records "Colored" Books

Today, I visited the Office of the Circuit Court  at the Courthouse Annex (located at 108 West Main Street: near the corner of Dr. Douglas L. Connor Drive & Main Street). to looking at marriage records in Room #166.  While there, I decided to organized the twenty-nine (29) "Marriage Records Colored" books and then inventory them.  Here is what I found.


# Title Number Dates (from) Dates (to) Notes:
1 Marriage  Record Colored 1 Apr. 20, 1866 Nov. 28, 1869 black leather cover
2 Marriage  Record Colored 2 Nov. 30, 1869 Dec. 13, 1873 black leather cover
3 Marriage  Record Colored 3 Dec. 13, 1873 Dec. 19, 1873 black leather cover
           
4 Marriage  Record Colored 9 Mar. 24, 1880  Feb. 4, 1885 black leather cover
5 Marriage  Record Colored 10 Feb. 9, 1885 Dec. 28, 1888 black leather cover
6 Marriage  Record Colored 11 Dec. 29, 1888 Mar. 11, 1893 black leather cover
         
7 Marriage  Record Colored 13 Mar. 25, 1893 Dec. 18, 1895 black leather cover
         
8 Marriage  Record Colored 16 Jan. 20, 1888 
    (s/b 1898)
Sep. 26, 1900 white cloth cover
9 Marriage  Record Colored 17 Oct. 3, 1900 Apr. 20, 1903 black leather cover
           
10 Marriage  Record Colored 19 Apr. 25, 1903 Sep. 30, 1905 black leather cover
11 Marriage  Record Colored 20 Oct. 4, 1905 Dec. 12, 1908 white cloth cover
           
12 Marriage  Record Colored 22 Dec. 12, 1908 Nov. 20, 1911 white cloth cover
13 Marriage  Record Colored 23 Nov. 25, 1911 Mar. 23, 1914 black leather cover
14 Marriage  Record Colored 24 Mar. 25, 1914 Sep. 11, 1918 black leather cover
15 Marriage  Record Colored 4 [sic] Sep. 14, 1918 Jul. 29, 1922 black leather cover
16 Marriage  Record Colored 5 [sic] Aug. 5, 1922 Jul. 26, 1926 black leather cover
17 Marriage  Record Colored 6 [sic] Jul. 29, 1926 Jan. 2, 1930 black leather cover
18 Marriage  Record Colored 7 [sic] Jan. 4, 1930 Dec. 22, 1933 black leather cover
19 Marriage  Record Colored 8 [sic] Dec. 22, 1933 Feb. 20, 1938 black leather cover
20 Marriage  Record Colored 9 [sic] Jun. 4, 1937 Dec. 30, 1940 white cloth cover
21 Marriage  Record Colored 10 [sic] Jan. 1, 1941 May. 27, 1944 white cloth cover
22 Marriage  Record Colored 11 [sic] Jun. 1944  Mar. 1947 black leather cover
23 Marriage  Record Colored 12 [sic] Mar. 1947 Aug. 1950 black leather cover
24 Marriage  Record Colored 13 [sic] Aug. 1950 Jun. 1954 black leather cover
25 Marriage  Record Colored 14 [sic] Jul. 1954 Apr. 1958 black leather cover
26 Marriage  Record Colored 15 [sic] May. 1958 Feb. 1966 black leather cover
27 Marriage  Record Colored 16 [sic] Apr. 1966 Nov. 1971 black leather cover
28 Marriage  Record Colored 17 [sic] Nov. 1971 ???.1977 black leather cover
29 Marriage  Record Colored 18 [sic] Jul. 1977 May.1983 black leather cover

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Mississippi Department of Archives: Death Certificate Indices (1925 - 1943)

Ever been on a research trip and felt like you hadn't accomplished any of your research goals?  

That was my experience, last weekend, in  MDAH's Microfilm Room and I completely blame myself.  When it comes to death certificates, you have to have a game plan or you'll quickly find yourself spinning your wheels needlessly.  So, take heed and consider the following:
  
1) Bring your Reading Room card (a replacement card costs $5.00).  Or, if you don't have one, be sure to read, print, and complete pages 4-5 of the Reading Room policies

2) Bring your list of surnames currently being researched and then convert them to their "Russell" Soundex equivalencies: here’s my list.   Don't waste your time converting last names the old fashion way, get your Soundex codes here.
3) In each microfilm carrel, on the side panel, is a Mississippi map which contains unique codes for each county.  Oktibbeha County’s code is 53.

4) Death Certificates Index     Microfilm #  

          1925 – 1927                         1850
          1928 – 1929                         2291
          1930 – 1933                             76
          1934 – 1941                           848
          1942 – 1943                          885

5) Lastly, and most importantly, once you locate the death certificate number (d/c#), don't forget to  write down the year of death so that staff can quickly locate the appropriate microfiche (e.g., Rosie Boyd: d/c# 7401, year - 1941). 

Here's my findings list sample.  Your findings list should not be a complete extraction of the death certificate but, rather, a quick reference guide to let you know if you're tracking the correct individual(s).  Keep in mind that negative research is still good research.  For me, personally, as there are three sets of Boyd families, in Starkville, this is great way to track who belongs to whom.

Good luck!

Monday, June 18, 2012

What would you be worth to John McDowell's hiers?

As a researcher, you hope and pray that your ancestor's slaveowner died before the end of the Civil War.  Imagine that it's September 1861 all over again, the worse time of your life: "Massa" is died.

Will you be rented out?  Or, will his executors have you sent to the Oktibbeha County Courthouse where the auctions are held to pay off his debts?  Will you and your loved ones remain as one?  Or, will you be split up amongst his hiers and their families?   Today, three suspicious men have come by the plantation. 
 
What follows is a transcription of the actual slave inventory and appraisement of John McDowell's estate.  To give you a buyer's perspective and for the purpose of this exercise, I have eliminated their names and reframed it with a focus on property value.  In 1861, his slave inventory, valued at $7874.97, represented a fourth of his estate.  Based on your own age, exactly what would you be worth to his hiers?

NB: Harriet McDowell, the "Sand Creek" Boyd family matriarch, is found at the bottom of this post as the 66 year old "girl" who is described as superannuated (i.e., no longer of monetary value).  On the 1870 U.S. Census for Oktibbeha County, she was also described as blind.     

Sex                          Age                 (1861 Dollars)                x20 =            (2012 Dollars)     Remarks
girl                       2                  $  233.33                                 ($  4,666.60)
girl                       2                  $  200.00                                 ($  4,000.00)
girl                       3                  $  300.00                                 ($  6,000.00)
girl                       4                  $  316.66                                 ($  6,333.20)
girl                       4                  $  300.00                                 ($  6,000.00)
girl                       5                  $  350.00                                 ($  7,000.00)
girl                       6                  $  416.66                                 ($  8,333.20)
girl                       7                  $  483.33                                 ($  9,666.60)
girl                       8                  $  600.00                                 ($12,000.00)
girl                       8                  $  566.66                                 ($11,333.20)
boy                    10                  $  700.00                                 ($14,000.00)
boy                    14                  $  400.00                                 ($  8,000.00)   double jointed
girl                     17                  $  700.00                                 ($14,000.00)   burnt hand
girl                     19                  $  900.00                                 ($18,000.00)
boy                    21                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
girl                     23                  $  666.66                                 ($13,333.20)   unsound
girl                     24                  $  400.00                                 ($  8,000.00)   unsound
boy                    24                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
girl                     26                  $  966.66                                 ($19,333.20)   & infant
girl                     27                  $  966.66                                 ($19,333.20)   & infant
boy                    28                  $  800.00                                 ($16,000.00)   bro ankle
boy                    29                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
boy                    29                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
girl                     30                  $  908.33                                 ($18,166.60)   & infant
boy                    31                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
boy                    32                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
boy                    32                  $  966.66                                 ($19,333.20)
girl                     33                  $  966.66                                 ($19,333.20)   & infant
boy                    35                  $  966.66                                 ($19,333.20)
boy                    41                  $1000.00                                 ($20,000.00)
girl                     50                  $  486.66                                 ($  9,733.20)
girl                     53                  $  133.33                                 ($  2,666.60)
girl                     63                  $  100.00                                 ($  2,000.00)
girl                     66                  $  000.00                                                   superannuated