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.
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.
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.
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.