Millsaps College schedules four weeks of genealogy evening classes for this fall

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

It’s time to head back to school. Millsaps Enrichment Program fall classes will begin on Sept. 20, with two genealogy classes on tap.

&uot;Researching Your Family History … The Basics and Beyond&uot; will again be taught by Anne Webster, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The four-week session will begin Sept. 20 and continue on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 11.

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The final session will meet on a Saturday for a &uot;hands on&uot; class at the Archives.

The aim of this class will be to provide a comprehensive review of the many resources available to anyone interested in researching his or her Mississippi ancestors.

Specific information on where and how to locate these resources as well as how to use them will be given.

The course will concentrate on sources found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since this is where our most extensive collection of Mississippi genealogical resources are found.

But minority resources, helpful Web sites, and other archival repositories will be introduced as well.

Under the capable direction of Ms. Webster, this course grows in popularity each year. If you live near or in Jackson, this is a golden opportunity to fine tune your research skills.

Additionally, this term Millsaps is offering a new class titled &uot;Preserving Family Photographs.&uot;

This course will be taught by Archives staff member Elaine Owens.

The class will met on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22 and concluding on Oct. 13.

In this new course, students will learn about the various photographic processes and the preservation methods required for each.

Ms. Owens will discuss risk factors associated with contemporary photographic processes and ways to safely exhibit family photos in the home or office.

Family photographs are some of the most treasured records of our family history and heritage.

Researchers are facing a growing need to know how to protect these valuable resources, and here is the perfect opportunity to master it.

Both of these classes have a tuition fee of $75. Call the Millsaps Office of Adult Learning at (601) 974-1130 to enroll or obtain further information.


… Susan Brossette (1005 Alta Vista Drive, Laurel, MS 39440, e-mail:

) is looking for the descendants of MEREDITH G. WALDROP (1802-1880).

Most of his children ended up in Rankin, Madison, and Hinds County, Mississippi, centered around the Flora, Brownsville and Puckett areas. These children include: MATILDA CATHERINE (married James BUNYARD); JANE V. (married William SHEPPARD); LUCINDA FRANCES (married Samuel WILLIAMS); WILLIAM MEREDITH (married Martha GARY); and JOHN FRANKLIN (married Ellen Elizabeth SMITH).

Ms Brossette is researching the BUNYARD descendants as well.

She has a good deal of information to share to with other interested researchers. If you descend from these lines (or even think you may!), please contact her.

… Rachel Cooke (210 Alston Avenue, Ozark, Ark 72949; email:

) is seeking information on WILLIAM M. BOWLES who was born in 1810 in South Carolina.

He married NANCY PORTER in 1838 in Marshall County, Mississippi. His son, WILBUR, was born in 1848 and married MARY GOODWIN in 1868.

Wilbur was Ms Cooke’s great grandfather.

She has not been able to find the parents of William M. or any is brothers or sisters. If any reader has information on this family, please contact Ms. Cooke.

Please send your queries or announcements to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main St., Natchez, MS 39120 or email to

. All queries are printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!