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PLANNING A VISIT?

Hattiesburg Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau

Official Hattiesburg website

LOCAL RESOURCES

South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society

Genealogy books from around the state and out of state. Also genealogy publications from outside the state. See website for details.

NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION

Hattiesburg American

The Times of Hattiesburg and Petal

WDAM Television Channel Seven

LIBRARIES

South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society

    Index of General Genealogy Books

    Index of State Genealogy Books

    Index of Family Genealogy Books

The Library of Petal, Hattiesburg, and Forrest County

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.
329 Hardy St. Hattiesburg, MS  601-582-4461

The Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi

Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi
Microfilm collection on the second floor includes census records, civil war records, WPA county histories, old newspapers from all over the state, and many other useful materials. Microfilm readers require a copy card for copies, twenty cents per page. Copy cards available ONLY at the circulation desk on the first floor, so get one before you go upstairs! Open late and on weekends when school is in session. Reduced hours during intersession and holidays.

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:

Bibliography of Hattiesburg Materials in the McCain Archives

Bibliography of Hattiesburg Materials in the Mississippiana Collection at McCain Library

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.
601-558-2757

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

MSLawyer.com

Excellent legal and public information, links to the state courts, the state bar association

Mississippi State Agencies and Departments

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Did you find a bad link or address?

Do you have something to donate?

Volunteering for the MSGenWeb Project

Volunteering for the USGenWeb Project

How to Transcribe A Cemetery

Cemetery Surveys as an Eagle Scout Project

Sign Up to Transcribe a Census

COUNTY OFFICES

Forrest County Chancery Court:

Land records, Will records, Divorce records
Chancery Clerk - Jimmy C. Havard
P.O. Box 951
Hattiesburg, MS., 39401
Telephone 601-545-6014
Fax: 545-6095
E-Mail: forrest1@netdoor.com

Forrest County Circuit Clerk:

Marriage Records, Criminal Records, Civil Records

Circuit Clerk - Lou Ellen Adams
P.O. Drawer 992
Hattiesburg, MS., 39403
Telephone 601-582-3213
Fax: 545-6093

MISSISSIPPI GENWEB RESOURCES

MSGenWeb Home Page and County list

USGenWeb Archives for Mississippi

MS City and Town List

Unknown County Queries

FORMATION OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

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NEIGHBORING COUNTIES

Covington

Jones

Lamar

Pearl River

Perry

Stone

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

History of Forrest County

First Families of Perry County

The Civilian Conservation Corps

BIBLE RECORDS

BOOKS FOR SALE

Byrd Family of South Carolina and Mississippi

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:

  • Jody Strickland
  • 935 Little River 17
  • Ashdown, Arkansas 71822
  • Phone: (870) 898-3235

CEMETERIES

Bennett Cemetery

Bna'i Israel Cemetery

Brooklyn Cemetery

Clark Cemetery

Old Enon Cemetery

Entrekin Cemetery

Garraway Cemetery

Green's Creek Church Cemetery

Griffin Cemetery

Heidelberg Cemetery

Hudson Cemetery

Jake-A-Lone Cemetery

Morriston Jesus Name Church Cemetery

Jones Cemetery

Jordan Cemetery

McLaurin Cemetery

Mineral Springs Cemetery

Oaklawn Cemetery

Roseland Park Cemetery

Simmons Cemetery

Shattles Family Cemetery

Sunrise Cemetery

Perry County Cemeteries (Forrest County was formed from Perry County in 1908).

Lamar County Cemeteries

Forrest County Cemeteries at Interment.net (Old Myers and Mill Creek)

Cemetery Page on Cyndi's List

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project

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.

CENSUS RECORDS
The first census taken in Forrest County was the 1910 Federal Census. For census records earlier than 1910 residents were included on the Perry County census.

Census Finder

COMMUNITIES

How Brooklyn Got It's Name :  Contributed by Mahlon Martin

DEATH RECORDS

Wright Freeman Funeral Home Records

AB  CDE  FGH  IJKL  MNO  PQRS  TUVWXYZ

HOMEPAGES WITH FORREST COUNTY ROOTS

Behaviorella Genealogy

Pam's Mississippi Genealogy

Descendants of Silas and Jenny Freeman Simmons

Melba's Southern Families - Byrds of SE MS

Absalom Breland - Ancestor to South MS Brelands

Hinton Family Researchers - Hintons of SO MS

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!

LOOKUPS

MAPS

1895 MAP OF MISSISSIPPI. Very large and detailed

Mississippi Maps

MARRIAGES

Forrest County Bride Index 1921-1925

Forrest County Groom Index 1921-1925

Forrest County Marriages at Melba's Southern Families

MILITARY RECORDS

World War I Draft Registrants

Union Army Volunteers from Perry County

OBITUARIES

Mississippi Obituary Search Links

OTHER WEBSITES

The Political Graveyard:Forrest County

Mississippi History Now

Bill Strong's Eclectic Mississippi Photo Tour

PEOPLE AND PLACES

The Wedding of Miss Emily Cook and Mr. Reece Orville Bickerstaff

Charles and Octavia McIlwain Family

Descendants of William Calvin Griffin

Osceola McCarty The humble woman who was USM's most generous benefactor

Civil War Record of William Mark Stevens

Edward Britton Carroll

QUERIES

Forrest County Queries at Genforum

Forrest County Queries at Ancestry

RESEARCHERS

Brick Walls

SCHOOLS

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.

WILL RECORDS

Forrest County Will Records 1908 - 1924

Forrest County Wills Transferred from Perry County, 1908

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!

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

National Archives and Records Administration

Search electronic records online or search the catalog .This site has been greatly improved!

 

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