Scanning of Genealogical Resource Completed

Two volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) have completed scanning of the Enumeration of Educable Children collection, a valuable research tool for people conducting family history research on Mississippi ancestors.

Eugene and Connie Hughes have worked in the Winter Building in Jackson since September of 2009 as part of a joint project between the GSU and MDAH. The Hugheses have completed more than 230,000 scans. The GSU will process and index the images for MDAH within the next year. The digitized collections will be made available online through the department Web site.

The Enumeration of Educable Children was a state census begun in the nineteenth century to document the number of children ages five to eighteen in various counties. It includes the names and ages of the children and, beginning in 1885, their parents or guardians. Some families who were missed by the state or federal census taker may be listed on the Enumeration of Educable Children. The dates for these records vary by county but can range from the 1850s to the 1950s.

“Right now patrons have to know the county in order to search for a relative in these lists,” said Anne Webster, chief reference librarian. “When the index is completed they can search by name, and that is incredible.”

Upon completing the Enumeration of Educable Children scans the Hugheses have moved on to World War I statement of service cards. These cards provide specifics about a WWI veteran’s service and can be used to request additional information from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

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