Wednesday, 2 September 2009. I have researched and located a list of the participants in the company of infantry raised in Lauderdale County that was activated to serve in the Spanish-American War in 1898. The roster for Company I of the 1st Mississippi Infantry Regiment, United States Volunteers which was mustered into United States Service on 17 May 1898, at Jackson, Mississippi, some 98 soldiers has been posted to the Lauderdale County's Volunteers to the Spanish-American War page.
Monday, 3 August 2009. To complement the history of the 46th Mississippi Infantry, specifically Company F, which was raised in Lauderdale County, Mississippi by CPT Con Rea, I have created a new section for the rosters of all the other companies also raised in Lauderdale County. These include a company of cavalry, Company C of the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry and 11 additional companies of infantry not including any elements of the 46th which have their own place on the web site. You can examine the rosters by visiting the Companies Raised in Lauderdale County index page. You can also find names listed in these or any other rosters on the web site by using the Search Page.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009. I am continuing to build the Constantine Rea Historical Society portion of the Lauderdale County web site. I have just added the remaining 9 companies of the 46th Mississippi Infantry as well as some additional information about the Magee family prominent in the formation of Company B. You can visit the Constantine Rea Historical Society index page at: The Constantine Rea Historical Society. All the information for the 46th Mississippi is linked to this page.
Thursday, 12 February 2009. My apologies for taking so long with this update! I have just published a detailed story in multiple parts about the Great Cyclone that struck Meridian in 1906. Part One: Meridian As it Was offers some background about the area from its beginning the story up to 1906. The remaining parts tell the story of the storm and the aftermath. I have also developed what was intended to be a side bar to the main story but I have published it separately. It relates a ghost story from the storm of 1906 and the Peavey Melody Music Company, formerly on Twenty-Second Avenue in the city. Not being the sharpest tack in the box, of course, I called it A Haunting Tale. I hope you enjoy these new additions to the website.
For those of you who are interested, I have been busy these last months working with my friend, Hewitt Clarke who has just released his newest book Mississippi Blood. I designed the dust jacket for the new book and I was invited to travel with him on his December 2008 book tour of east Mississippi. We have also updated his website to include the new content and book, and you'll find it here: Hewitt Clarke's Mississippi. I have documented the book tour for those who want to know where he went and what he did when he got there :) You'll find that story here: Mississippi Blood Book Tour
Monday, 31 March 2008. It's been two months since our last update, but if you thought we'd nodded off, it's time to think again. Actually we've been very busy, adding a lot of content and moving the web site to a new location. I apologize for not keeping you up to date. Here's the latest!
First, we've just moved the web site to a new server. The new web address of the Lauderdale County web site is: http://LauderdaleCoMS.Com/ but if you're reading this, you already know that.
More importantly, there's new content. We've added a whole new section to the web site. Sponsored by the Constantine Rea Historical Society, the new section celebrates the life and civil war times of Lauderdale Counties Con Rea and his War for Southern Independence unit, the 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment Volunteers. The section contains articles about the Con Rea Historical Society, a three part article on the life and untimely death of Con Rea (see the contents page), a brief family history, the story of the "Pensacola Expedition," one of the first campaigns of the war, the original roster of the Lauderdale Rifles, the company of infantry that Rea organized and took to Vicksburg, a partial copy of the Commander's Journal extracted from the national archives, and a four part series documenting the history of the 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (please see the contents page for this series).
Whew! It was a lot of fun developing the content and we had lots of help from Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History and the Constantine Rea Historical Society. I hope you enjoy reading it as much and we enjoyed putting it together. Please drop us a note and let us know what you think of the new project.
That's it for this update but keep watching, there'll be more coming as soon as we take a little break to catch our breath and get the new web site stable. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, 31 January 2008. We have just published a photographic study of a Lauderdale County family -- The Barker Family Album. The album includes fifty photographs of the family that begin with Annie Elizabeth Barker born in 1809 in North Carolina, and moves forward to the present. It is an interesting study in pictures and we hope you'll enjoy seeing it. We have also just posted the story of Aunt Muggie Warbington and the so-called gunfight at the Marion Brickyard in 1846.
Monday, 31 December 2007. We're a bit late posting the December update to our "What's New" page, so please bear with us. We've made extensive updates to the cemeteries pages, making email lookups available to all of our visitors against the cemetery documents we have in hard-copy. Just drop the Webmaster a note and we'll be happy to check for you ancestor's name among those records we have. Further we posted the second in a planned three articles on Confederate Cemeteries. This most recent publication, Marion Confederate Cemetery includes information about the hospital as well as the causality pages. We also created and published a Meridian Star page, highlighting several important Meridian Star articles and several videos made about Lauderdale county history by Ward Calhoun, the Directory of the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History. Finally, we created and posted the new Volunteers and page. Whew! I think we'll take a short break. Please remember to let us know if you find a problem with any of the new pages.
Monday, 26 November 2007 -- The newspaper account and genealogy of Hell Fired Jack Woodrick an interesting, if somewhat exaggerated account of an 1850s railroad engineer was posted earlier in the month. A few days later we posted a long awaited update to the Asa Boswell Family pages. We've also added an announcement seeking volunteers to help in some aspects of the development and posting of data.
No new publications are scheduled for October as we prepare for a brief research trip to Mississippi. Watch this site for lots of new photos and articles beginning in November. Thanks!
Sunday, 30 September 2007 -- Published the first in a series of articles about important business men that helped to move Lauderdale County forward -- Lauderdale Counties Movers and Shakers. This article takes a look at the life of one of Lauderdale's Counties most dynamic personalities, William H. Hardy. Please see: Lauderdale Counties Movers and Shakers: William Harris Hardy.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 -- Published two new articles and updated The Confederate Orphans Home of Mississippi to include a list of staff, faculty, and residents. For the first time you can now read the story of James Lauderdale, in whose honor Lauderdale County was named and get the facts on Creek Where the Rabbit Dances, the true story of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek that made available the land from which 18 new Mississippi counties, including Lauderdale County, were created.
Thursday, 19 July 2007 -- Published two new articles on The Lauderdale Springs Confederate Cemetery, including a list of soldiers who died while in the care of the hospital at Lauderdale Springs and The Confederate Orphans' Home of Mississippi.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 -- Added World War Two Registration information to Lauderdale County Resources page.
Thursday, 10 May 2007 -- Updated Cemeteries Page to include recently documented Springhill Church Cemetery, Old Springhill Cemetery, and Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Monday, 16 April 2007 -- Added World War One Registration information to Lauderdale County Resources page.
Monday, 26 March 2007 -- Published "A Brief History of Mississippi Leading to the Creation of Lauderdale County" See the following link to view the article: Mississippi History.
Friday, 15 December 2006 -- Published a new Cemeteries page including all 86 known cemeteries in Lauderdale County with MAPS, thanks to Google Maps.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 -- Two completely new pages were added today. The African American Resources page provides a list of high quality resource links to those researching an African American ancestry. The Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom is an old soldier's (that would be me) tribute to Lauderdale County service men and women who have sacrificed so much in these most recent hostilities.
Tuesday, 12 December 2006 -- Today the Lookups page was updated with a great many new reference books offered by Judy Gilmer. What a remarkable library she must have. Please contact her if she can assist you. I've also published a list of "How To" rules for requesting queries called "Email Rules." I hope you will find it both informative and amusing.
Monday, 11 December 2006 -- Well... A lot, actually, is new! And maybe just a little, too. That is to say, obviously the web site has a new look and feel -- perhaps you'll find it easier to navigate once you've taken a quick test drive, and even though much has been done there's also much to be done. If our mission is to make the genealogy information of Lauderdale County more accessible, then there's very much to be done.
You are invited to work with the Coordinators and Webmaster in adding to, enhancing and improving the information available here and in mining additional resources that we can pass along to our visitors. So, if you have a genealogy resource on your A-list that isn't posted here or if you have information -- cemetery, family information, photographs or other -- that you're willing to share, please let the staff know and, with your help, they'll find an appropriate and dignified place to post it.
You'll want to watch this page carefully as well. Each time a new posting is made to the site, a notice announcing the new content will be placed here, at the top of this page, where you can easily learn what the latest posting has been.
Your patience is also appreciated. Experience tells us that it will take a few weeks or, perhaps, a month for the new design to stabilize. No matter how skilled our developers are, a bug or two always slips in. If you find a problem with the site please let the Webmaster know as soon as possible.
That's it for now except to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. You can contact the Lauderdale County Webmaster below:
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