for Researching in Neshoba County ...
numerous requests for guidance in researching ancestors in
Neshoba. The following list is where I'd begin my research:
everyone in your family about what they know about the
ancestors, keeping in mind that memories can fade and that
some of their information is inaccurate. (Great Grandma was
a full-blooded Indian or we came over on the Mayflower are
two examples of information that is said over & over that is
usually not true.) Write down what you've found out. Buy or
download a free genealogy program to organize your
Brother's Keeper is shareware and can be downloaded for
free. This way all of your information is organized and can
be emailed to someone easily.
In this section you will also find many links to great sites
types of spellings when you look for records. Many times the
spelling changed (Hawley to Holley) or the person writing
down the information had trouble deciphering the script.
Sometimes names are spelled so "screwy" that your best bet
is just to go through the pages. The "s" looks like "f" in
some old script, so Smith could look like Fith to a
search engine on this web and others to locate surnames.
query on the query board. There are a number of different
query boards including
Surname Boards -Gen Forum & County Boards. (They're
listed in the Links section)
email list and ask questions about your ancestors there. (I
also make announcements to the list when I put new
information on the Neshoba Web.)
census records in the county and in surrounding counties.
The 1850 census records begin listing all of the family
members and where each was born.
Cemetery records. There are quite a few on my Neshoba
funeral home listings. Many times people did not have money
to buy a tombstone, but their remains were handled by an
undertaker. You'll have to write to the library to find this
Neshoba County library to see if they have any
bibliographical information on the family you are searching
birth, death and marriage records. Those may list parents
names, etc. Get copies of these records by ordering them
from the appropriate source.
court records. It is possible that the courthouse has an
index. If you find something of interest, try to order the
record from the County Clerk. Also know that they are
short-staffed and may not be able to fill your request. You
may have to make a trip to Philadelphia or hire a researcher
to get the information for you.
old newspapers. You may need to write one of the libraries
to see if your family member's name is listed in the index.
ancestor was in the Civil War, order the records! They have
a great deal of information in them! Also check the Civil
War links and ask for a lookup from
every piece of information someone sends you as gospel! Ask
for sources! Verify information! Have an open mind! YOU
could be mistaken!