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O.C. Communities

 "Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. 
Educate a girl, and you educate a community."
 
—Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...)
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What to to do when you don't know where your ancestor(s) lived.

Step 1:  Review the following Community names. 

A
  • Adaton
B
  • Bethel
  • Bethesda
  • Blackjack
  • Bradley
C
  • Cedar Grove
  • Clear Spring
D
  • Double Springs
E
  • Ebenezer
H
  • Hickory Grove
J
  • Josey Creek
L
  • Lebanon
  • Longview 
M
  • Mhoon Farms
  • Muldrow
N
  • New Light
O
  • Osborn
P
  • Patrick (aka Pat's Station)
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Prospect
R
  • Rocky Hill (aka Rock Hill)
S
  • Salem
  • Sand Creek
  • Sessums
  • Sixteen Section
  • Smyrna
  • Spring Hill
  • Starkville
  • Sturgis
T
  • Trim Cane
Z
  • Zion
Do you "hear" any alarm bells ringing in head?
    • Yes?  Continue to Step 2.
    • No?   Continue to Step 2.
Step 2: Find your ancestor(s) on the 1940, 1930, 1920, 1910, and 1900 U.S. Federal Censuses.
  • Note ancestors "Community" and/or "Beat".
  • Note all neighboring "Head of Household", by first and last names, one page before and after. 
  • Review Step 1 again. 
Do any "Community" names sound familiar now?
    • Yes?  Continue to Step 3.
    • No?   Continue to Step 3.
Step 3:  Review the John Wellborn Map of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi (1909)
  • Review the map for "Community" names and locate your ancestor(s) community.
  • Review that community for your ancestor(s) surname.
Did you locate your ancestor?
    • Yes?  Great!  Now, locate a neighbor of your ancestor -- just to be sure!
    •  Note their Township & Range:  
      • e.g., Bingham Est[ates] is shown in "T.19 N" and between "R. 31 & 32".
    • No?    Did you locate a neighboring "Head of household", instead?
      • Yes?  Great!  Try to locate another one -- just to be sure!
      • Note their Township & Range
      • No? Continue working your list of neighboring "Heads of Household".
        • Eureka?  Great!  Try to locate another -- just to be sure! 
        • Notate their Township & Range, which should be the same.
        • No?  Send me an e-mail.     

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