PLANNING A VISIT?
Genealogy books from around the state and out of state. Also genealogy publications from outside the state. See website for details.
NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION
Mississippi collection with many valuable resources. Census records and old newspapers on microfilm with viewers that make copies. Ample parking. Worth visiting just to see the building and the Mississippi Room! Genealogy materials are in the tower above the Mississippi Room. Access is by special elevator which is unlocked by the attendant at the second floor desk in exchange for your driver's license. There is one very small table and two chairs. The entrance to the stairs is locked.
Open Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.
Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Graduate Library, University of Southern Mississippi: Extensive collection of genealogy materials other than census records and microfilm are located in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room on the third floor. Security precautions require that all purses and backpacks be placed in lockers outside the room. A copy machine is available and copies are twenty cents per page, payable to the librarian when you leave. If you wish to access a special collection it is best to make arrangements ahead of time. Open 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Manuscripts and Archives at McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi: How-to page tells you what they have, where it is, how to access it, and more.
Parking is a problem at USM when school is in session. Enter the campus from Hardy Street to get a visitor parking permit at the guardhouse, allow plenty of extra time to find a parking space, and expect a pleasant five minute walk.
Materials available at USM include local, state, national, and worldwide records. Search the online catalogs by clicking the links above. Sample of what's available for Hattiesburg area:
Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby This museum houses memorabilia from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars. More than 6,100 items from all branches of the military are displayed. Re-Opening October 2001 Free admission. 12 miles South of Hattiesburg on Hwy. 49.
Excellent legal and public information, links to the state courts, the state bar association
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Forrest County Chancery Court:
Land records, Will records, Divorce records
Forrest County Circuit Clerk:
Marriage Records, Criminal Records, Civil Records
Circuit Clerk - Lou Ellen Adams
MISSISSIPPI GENWEB RESOURCES
Forrest County was formed in 1908from the Second Judicial District of Perry County, and the city of Hattiesburg was selected as the seat of justice for the county. All records prior to 1908 are found in Perry County, whose county seat is New Augusta, Mississippi. Some records were copied and transferred when Forrest County was formed, but the researcher should check both counties for records in that timeframe.
FORREST COUNTY GENWEB DATA
BOOKS FOR SALE
by Charles Byrd
Ben and Jean Strickland left a valuable legacy to researchers in south Mississippi.It is my understanding that a list of published works, prices, and ordering information can be obtained by contacting:
Perry County Cemeteries (Forrest County was formed from Perry County in 1908).
Forrest County Cemeteries at Interment.net (Old Myers and Mill Creek)
Cemetery Records in the State Archives You can use this link to see whether there is a published record of a particular cemetery in the State Archives.
If you have recorded a cemetery or would like to do so, please contact me about posting on this site. If you know of websites that contain Forrest County Cemetery information please send me the link so I can post it here.
How Brooklyn Got It's Name : Contributed by Mahlon Martin
HOMEPAGES WITH FORREST COUNTY ROOTS
Absalom Breland - Ancestor to South MS Brelands
Melba Goff Allen's Homepage - MANY SOUTH MS SURNAMES This is a must see site, but plan on staying a while - make sure and let Melba know you appreciate her work. She has contributed so much to South MS Genealogy with her online records!
Breland Researchers - If you are researching the Breland surname, you have to go to this site. It is loaded with information.
Ancestors of Howard Doyle Dearman Contains many Perry Co Surnames
Pattersons of South MS MANY South Mississippi Surnames from Perry, Forrest, Greene and surrounding counties!
Jehu Carlile Descendants of Jehu Carlile - Fred Carlile has information and is looking for other Carlile researchers!
RuthSellers-Southern Surnames Includes Sellers line from Perry and surrounding counties!
Peggy Conn Burley's Southern Surnames: Anybody researching the Conn family from around Forrest/Perry Counties must see this site!
1895 MAP OF MISSISSIPPI. Very large and detailed
Forrest County Bride Index 1921-1925
Forrest County Groom Index 1921-1925
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Osceola McCarty The humble woman who was USM's most generous benefactor
Educable Schoolchildren of Perry County, Mississippi: 1892 by Lynda Bailey Chandler Excellent 1890 census substitute
Helene School Basketball Team Hill Denson, George May, and the rest of the 1929 basketball team. Helene School was also known as Carnes.
MISCELLANEOUS LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Mississippi Public Health Statistics Order birth, death, marriage certificates from the state vital records bureau.
Bill Stong's Eclectic Mississippi Photo Tour:Lots of wonderful pictures of odd and not so odd things from all over the state, plus the best Mississippi links page I have seen!
Search electronic records online or search the catalog .This site has been greatly improved!