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Now Online: Territorial Era Census Records

Franklin County, 1810, page 4 (cropped). Call number: Series 486 (MDAH)
Franklin County, 1810, page 4 (cropped). Call number: Series 486 (MDAH)

Series 486 – Censuses, 1801-1816 consists of population censuses and census abstracts taken of counties in the Mississippi Territory. Generally, the census lists heads of families by name with members of the household cited by age, race (and if black, whether slave or free), and gender. Abstracts of censuses give totals only for age, race and gender.

The records also include an 1809 abstract for manufacturing establishments and products. There is a cover letter from W. E. Boyd that accompanied an unidentified census and an 1810 circular with instructions for taking the census.

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Educable Children Records Now Online

This page shows 10 year old Elvis Presley. Series 21: Enumeration of Educable Children, Lee County, 1945, p 68 (MDAH)
Ten year old Elvis Presley is listed on this page of Series 21: Enumeration of Educable Children (Lee County, 1945, p 68, MDAH)

Genealogy researchers have another tool to locate ancestors in two recently digitized government records collections, Series 105, Educable Children Lists and Series 21, Enumeration of Educable Children. Educable children records have proven invaluable to researchers trying to locate elusive Mississippians, as some families missed by the state or federal census may be found in these records. They also include records from the 1950s which is useful to researchers because the most recent census available is the 1940 census.

The materials presented here include lists of educable (school age) children submitted by Mississippi counties to the state’s Secretary of State and Department of Education. The lists vary in content by year and may include such information as name, age, gender, race, election district or ward, name of parent or guardian, address, and reason for withdrawal from school. The records, which are not indexed, are grouped by county. Click here to learn more and browse the records.

Pictured above is the record of ten year old Elvis Presley in the Enumeration of Educable Children for Lee County in 1945. Elvis is listed with his father, V.E. (Vernon Elvis) Presley and was attending East Tupelo School.

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1940 Census for Mississippi Now Searchable

1940 Census at Family Search website
1940 Census at Family Search website. Click the image to visit the site.

The 1940 United States Census records for Mississippi have been indexed, allowing researchers to search using their ancestor’s name. A team of volunteers organized by MDAH have worked to index the records since their release last April, indexing nearly 24,000 names and reviewing over 17,000 index entries. Previously researchers needed their ancestor’s address to search the census. Mississippi is one of twenty states with a completed index of the 1940 census and one of only four southern states that are completed at this time.

To search for your ancestor, visit the 1940 census page of the Family Search website at

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Blank 1940 United States Census form (Source: National Archives and Records Administration website)*

Genealogy Notes

Resources for getting a head start on your 1940 census research are available via the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library “Local History Announcements” blog. The 1940 census will be released on April 2, 2012 (the federal census remains closed for 72 years for privacy reasons).

Read some interesting facts about the 1940 census at NARAtions, the blog of the U.S. National Archives.

For researchers tracing families in North Carolina: the North Carolina State Archives recently digitized their WPA Cemetery Surveys. Read about it in this blog post and view the cemetery records here.

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The Arts

The work of Mississippi artist Theora Hamblett is the subject of this blog post from the Mississippi Library Commission.

The Mississippi Museum of Art discusses its upcoming exhibition, Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey, in this blog post.

Fans of the television series Downton Abbey will appreciate this exploration of that period’s popular music by the Library of Congress “In the Muse” blog.

Can a Stradivari violin be duplicated? Apparently so, using CT scans and advanced manufacturing equipment. Researchers used an instrument from the Library of Congress collection to make the replica.

Of Interest

This blog post describes an interesting function of the Library of Congress: selecting twenty-five films that merit permanent preservation for their “cultural, aesthetic, and historical value.” See this year’s list at

The United States Copyright Office is now blogging at They discuss issues surrounding the digitization of nearly seventy million pre-1978 copyright records.

The Library of Congress just digitized the 30,000th map for its online collection. Read more at

The National Archives wants you! …To help transcribe and tag documents in order to make them more accessible to the public. Check out the “Citizen Archivist” initiative at the NARAtions blog.

*Image from National Archives and Records Administration, “1940 Federal Population Census, Part 1: General Information, 1940 Census Forms,” (accessed February 17, 2012).

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Fall Blog Roundup

New Capitol dome. Call Number: Series 317, item 22 (MDAH Collection)
Detail of New Capitol dome. Call Number: Series 317, item 22 (MDAH Collection)

The bloggers at the Mississippi Library Commission have been busy:

The sunken Confederate ship Georgiana and the shipwrecks it caused are the subject of this interesting post on the South Carolina Department of Archives and History’s “Palmetto Past” blog.

From “NARAtions,” the blog of the National Archives and Records Administration:

The bloggers at Preservation in Mississippi take an in-depth look at the domes of the Mississippi and Arkansas state capitols and solve the mystery of their designer’s identity in the Tale of Two Domes series.

The new online catalog system at MDAH receives a nod in the blog of the Council of State Archivists.

Learn how to date historical photographs in this post from the Library of Congress “Picture This” blog.

“Ever wonder what lookouts ate during their, well, lookouts?” The National Archives posed this question on their Facebook page and it is answered in this blog post from “Prologue: Pieces of History.