Family Research Association plans series of workshops

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Family Research Association in Jackson has announced plans for a series of Saturday morning genealogy workshops. The first of these is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 12 at the Baptist Historical Collection of Mississippi College in Clinton. It will focus on researching and finding your Baptist ancestors.

Kristi Robinson, librarian for the Baptist Historical Collection at Mississippi College, will conduct the program focusing not only on the collection she manages but other sources for Baptist historical research.

The Collection’s Web site describes itself as &uot;containing periodical articles, documents, church histories, and biographical information on persons related to the Mississippi Baptist Convention, its agencies and institutions.&uot; The special collection is maintained by the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission, agency of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

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The workshop will be conducted in the Collection Room on the second floor of the Leland Speed Library on the Mississippi College campus, 101 West College St., Clinton. Directions to the site can be found at

Future plans for workshop venues include Belhaven for the Presbyterian Collection, Millsaps for the Methodist Collection, the State Archives, and perhaps a return to the LDS Center in Clinton. The workshops are being arranged by FRA Board Member Carol West.

The Family Research Association itself is one of the oldest and largest family history groups in our state and they welcome members from all across the state. In fact, half their membership is from outside the state.

Their regular meetings are held on Tuesday nights at the Faith Baptist Church on the corner of Northside Drive and Manhattan Boulevard in north Jackson. They enjoy a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and the programs begin at 7 p.m. Their March meeting will be held on March 8 and will feature speaker, Thomas H. Bowen, who will present &uot;The Old Cemeteries of Port Gibson and Claiborne County.&uot; He will focus on Old Wintergreen Cemetery and will also relate stories of the lives of notable citizens buried in Claiborne County.

Claiborne County and Port Gibson were settled well before Mississippi became a state and were influenced by the Natchez Trace, the Mississippi River, and numerous events of history. Many Mississippians as well as people across the country share Claiborne County roots and relatives, so this may be a golden opportunity to further your research in this area.

Check out the FRA and their programs and consider joining this outstanding group. You’ll be glad you did!


………..Bonnie C. Langford (122 Langford Lane, Florence, MS 39073; email;

) would like information on JOHN ISAAC LORANCE and GEORGE W. LORANCE-LOWRANCE. John was born 23 Feb 1809 in Hardy County, West Virginia. He married ELIZABETH FOSTER CATES in May 1840 in Hinds County, Mississippi. John died 3 July 1893. George was born 23 Feb 1809; married ELIZABETH F., and died on 21 Jan 1885. He is buried in MizPah Cemetery in Durant, Mississippi. Could these two have been twin brothers? Can any reader help place these two men?

……Linda Lewis (601-353-5989; email;

) is looking for information on LUDELLA or LUBELLA CHILDS-CHILD-CHILE-CHILES. She has been told Lubella Childs but there seem to be many variations on this rather unique name. Ms. Lewis would like to hear from anyone who recognizes any variation. It is known that Lubella had at least two children but there may have been more. She lived at one time around Jackson, MS, but possibly moved up to North Mississippi. Ms Lewis has located records for one Lubella Childs that was born in Indiana, but she is not sure this is the same one. If you can help her locate this ancestor, please contact her. ANY information would be greatly welcomed.

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