by Dee Hare, Librarian, George E. Allen Library
We’ve just received several new volumes of genealogy materials courtesy of the Prentiss County Genealogical and Historical Society. Two indexes of Prentiss County General Chancery Docket Books, which cover the periods from March 1897 – February 1911 are now available for viewing. Searchable by last name, these indexes will specify the book number, page number and case number for any divorces, estate settlements, guardianships, lawsuits or other business transacted through the chancery court. This information can then be taken to the chancery court office for access to case details.
Wills of Union County Mississippi was also donated by the Society. It covers the time period running from February 6, 1882 – November 6, 1929 and includes basic information such as the deceased names and their primary benefactors.
Another new local history volume we’ve received is a copy of the source materials and preliminary manuscript for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Reports for Prentiss County, which were compiled by a state-wide historical research project. This material describes the formation of the county and its early settlers and includs histories of various segments of the county such as Altitude, Blackland and Pisgah. Information on early newspapers, churches and schools can also be found.
More new items we’ve recently received in honor of Mrs. Eudora Kemp’s 91st birthday include the exercise books Discover Yoga by Elly Loyd and Discover Pilates by Michael Mann, as well as the DVDs Pilates Advanced Program and Stretching for Seniors, all donated by Bonnie Kemp. Chyene Kemp has also donated Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg, a craft book that illustrates how to use minimal design to create beautiful scrapbook pages and Going Wild in Mississippi, a unique cookbook published by the Mississippi Telephone Pioneers that contains recipes for cooking wild game and fish indigenous to our area.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.