Genealogical Society of Desoto County Mississippi
HERNANDO MS 38632-0607
Genealogical Society of DeSoto County Email
The Genealogical Society of Desoto County MS is in the Old Fair Building. Membership is $20.00 year and all mail should be sent to GSDCM, P. O. Box 607, Hernando MS 38632. This is behind the old agricultural building. This is an extensive library maintained by the Society which can be visited 10:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m Mon - Wed and on Thursday or Friday by appointment only. They do not have the manpower to do private research but can refer you to local researchers.
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DeSoto Descendants Quarterly
1890 Replacement Census for DeSoto County,
Mississippi. Census information is taken from
1890 educable children, cemetery records. Comparison
of 1880 and 1900 Federal Census of Desoto
1920 DeSoto County, Mississippi Census Index. Includes all members in
household with Names, Age, and Sex.
1930 DeSoto County, Mississippi Census Index. Includes all members
in household with Names, Age, and Sex.
Federal Census Index of Five
Counties in North Mississippi.
Agricultural Census of DeSoto County for 1860. Abstracted by Louise Cox
Fox. Gives agricultural status of each farmer in
DeSoto County and in what is now Tate County.
Land value, number of livestock, bushels of wheat,
corn, pounds of butter, etc. 34 pages.
1850 DeSoto County Slave Owners (Replaces 1850 Slave
Owners of Desoto County Index).
Gives Slave Owners’ name, Slave’s age, sex, race and
date census taken.
1850 Panola County Slave Owners (Replaces 1850
Slave Owners of Panola County Index).
Gives Slave Owners’ name, Slave’s age, sex, and race.
1860 Slave Owners of DeSoto County Index $6.00
1860 Slave Owners of Panola County Index $6.00
DeSoto County, Mississippi White Marriages
Black Marriages in DeSoto County, Ms. 1866 – 1900. Abstracted by Ozell
D. Scott. Alphabetical listing by bride and
groom. 320 pages.
Black Marriages of DeSoto County, Ms. 1901-1920. Abstracted by
members of the Genealogical Society. Alphabetical by
Groom & Bride.
Panola County, Mississippi
Abstracted by Mary Jane Wilson and transcribed and
formatted by Ozell D. Scott. Marriages from both
courthouses, Sardis and Batesville in Panola County.
Also includes some marriages and obituaries abstracted
by Mrs. Wilson from old newspapers. Full name
index by both Bride and Groom. 130 pages.
Cemetery Inscriptions of DeSoto County, Ms. Eighty-two (82) white
cemeteries were surveyed
DeSoto County Death Notices.
Abstracted by Mildred M. Scott from old county
newspapers. Mortality schedules, Final and
Probate Records. Many of these names do not
appear in the Cemetery Inscriptions as some
are buried in what is now Tate County, Ms. In
three (3) sections, listed alphabetically. 92
Cemeteries of Desoto County, Mississippi (Caucasian). Surveyed 2002 through
2005. This includes all names and information printed
in the Cemetery Book in 1986 plus additional
Cemeteries found and information until December
2005. Gives Names, Birth & Death dates, name
of Cemetery where buried. Cemetery Range, Township and
Section plus GPS Locations. 470 Pages
Cemeteries of Desoto County (African-American). Surveyed 2005, gives Name,
Birth & Death dates, name of Cemetery where
buried. Includes Range, Township and
Section plus GPS location. 68 Cemeteries
surveyed. 275 Pages
Yellow Fever Journal of Hernando, MS. Transcribed by Ozell D.
Scott from original 1878 handwritten minutes of the
Citizens Relief Fund. Includes registers of
those sick and those who died from yellow fever.
19th Century Hernando
by Mildred M. Scott. Historical sketches of
events from the formation
Arkabutla, Mississippi, The Place and Its People by Mildred M. Scott. This
community was in DeSoto County until February 1873
when Tate County was formed. The history of the
area and plus 250 family names and over 1,000 family
groups are traced. Map, indexed. 200 pages
Board of Police Minutes of DeSoto County 1858 –
Abstracted by Mildred Scott. This was the
governing body of the county which is now called Board
of Supervisors. When the Federals burned the
County Courthouse in 1863, the Police Court Minute
Book escaped the fire. This unique volume if the
only extant official county record book of the Civil
War years for DeSoto County. Over 12,000 DeSoto
County citizens of 1858 – 1868 and over 200 place
names are recorded here. You can locate the
area, the road where they lived, and also neighbors of
your ancestors and other information pertaining to
DeSoto County during this era. 306 pages
with full name and geographic indexes. Map
Desoto County Mississippi History and Families.
Early Settlers of North DeSoto County, MS 1850. Compiled by Mildred
M. Scott. Gleanings of the 1850 Census of the
areas north of Coldwater River in DeSoto County.
The river became the county line when Tate County was
formed in 1873. Includes reference to 1850 and
1860 census of those families. Genealogical data
from marriage records, cemetery records, tax rolls and
other listings. Map, indexed with full name for
head of household and other surnames listed in
household. Approximately 200 pages.
Hernando Baptist Church History 1840 – 1990. Annotated and
abstracted by J. B. Bell. 20 pages.
Hernando Historical Windows. By
J. B. Bell. Relates the history and changing times of
the town of Hernando from 1836 until 1986
Hard Cover. 100
History of Baker’s Chapel United Methodist Church
and Its People, a Pioneer Community.
Compiled by Mildred M. Scott. This church was
established by German Baker and tells of the pioneers
who lived in the area and of those descendants still
living here. Families include descendants of
Johnston, Lauderdale, Laughter, Vaiden, Teague and
Summers. Full name indexed.
James and Mary Rumple Scott and Their Descendants. Compiled by Ozell
D. Scott and Mildred M. Scott. From 1798 to
those descendants we found still living in 1995 are
recorded here. Some are still living but are
scattered. Over 100 collateral lines are
mentioned. Approximately 250 pages including
pictures. Full name index (1996)
Love In My Day
by Ellen Bennet Flinn. Mrs. Flinn lived on the farm
where she was born in the Love Community of DeSoto
County. She recalled her early life, farming
conditions, schools, burial customs. 38
pages. Indexed, illustrated,
Love Station Methodist Episcopal Church Register. Copies of original
church register giving names, when received into the
church, how received, and some dates of death or
The Diary of Bettie Bowen Eason. She related the
conditions in the area of Cockrum and Olive Branch
communities in the last quarter of the 1800s and early
1900s, names of songs she sang in church, her family
Memories of Sally Love Banks.
Daughter of the founder of Love Station,
MS. Her life as she grew up and her early
marriage. 76 pages.
This book unavailable for over 10 years and is
photocopied with permission of
Pension Applications Roster of Confederate Veterans
of DeSoto County.
Photocopied from original pension records and letters
relating to Civil War Veterans. 65 pages.
R. F. B. Logan’s Cash Book. Mr. Logan began his long career in
county government in 1904. His meticulous,
detailed record keeping of the income and expenses
incurred by him from 1904 to 1906 reveals the mode of
life in Hernando at that time. Photocopied from
original ledger, 90 pages. Over 1,000 names
Copies of the newspaper column written by Mills
Barbee, Sr. Tells of people and related events
of the first 60 years in 1900s. Photocopy from
original articles. 64 pages. Illustrated,
indexed. Over 1,500 places and people named.
The Diary of Mattie Morgan Tipton . Beginning in the early
years of the Civil War, Mattie writes of her trips to
Memphis, dealing with the Yankees, visits to Hernando
and her thoughts on the War. Also, her romantic
thoughts and the antics of a 16 year old southern
lady. Copied by courtesy of her grandsons,
William, Meredith and Joel Walker. Transcribed
and dialogued by Ozell D. Scott. 70 pages.
The District Attorney’s Diary – 1892 – 1894. Abstracted and
transcribed by Ozell D. Scott. Date. Case
Numbers, Charge, Witnesses, Plaintiffs and
Defendants. 20 pages.
The History of the Lake Cormorant. As told by Walter Wilson