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This data set includes indexed page images from twelve books originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. Comprehensive in its coverage of Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi families, this unique collection of census returns, probate records, marriage records, military records, court records, and family histories references approximately 144,000 individuals.

The information collected here was extracted from a great variety of sources ranging from state archives to local courthouses. Among the resources you'll find meticulously transcribed courthouse records of important events (births, marriages, land transactions, deaths, etc.) as well as military records, family histories, and census records.

Most of the books reference early settlers of Alabama. Among them, you'll find a transcription of Alabama's only remaining 1820 census return, an index to thousands of wills, and a collection of courthouse records of important events (for example, births, marriages, land transactions, deaths, etc.). In addition, you'll find indexed images of the pages of the premier book on the state's Revolutionary War soldiers. Some of the most unique resources include a series of newspaper articles published between 1880 and 1899 on Alabama's earliest families. This collection of narratives and first hand accounts of Alabama's settlement offers glimpses into daily life not often found in genealogical record.

Mississippi settlers are identified in three volumes of court records that represent a virtual census for the state while it was still a territory. You'll also find historical and genealogical information on Mississippi's participation in the War of 1812. Finally, early settlers of Arkansas are identified in one of the most important works on early pioneers and prominent families called Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas.

Since the information contained within this data set varies a great deal, what you'll discover about an ancestor can vary. However, you may have the opportunity to learn the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Dates and details of vital events
  • Age
  • Personal characteristics
  • Information on military service (place of service, rank, etc.)

Books Included in this Data Set

Alabama Census Returns, 1820 and an Abstract of Federal Census of Alabama, 1830
All but eight of Alabama's twenty-nine counties were destroyed by fire. The remaining census returns are held by the Alabama State Archives and have been transcribed here. Approximately 4,000 heads of household from the following counties are included: Baldwin, Conecuh, Dallas, Franklin, Limestone, St. Clair, Shelby, and Wilcox. Presented in a tabular format, for each individual you'll learn the number of persons in each household, their sex, approximate age, and color

Index to Alabama Wills, 1808-1870
Alabama Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
This is an index to 9,000 wills filed and probated in Alabama between 1808 and 1870. A project of the Alabama Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, it was originally compiled at the suggestion of the Department of Archives and History of the State of Alabama. The actual compilation was undertaken by a team of DAR chapter and state committees and is based on wills filed in the Department of Archives and History. This information will help you track down additional information about a will. Presented in alphabetical order, you'll learn the following information about an individual indexed here:

  • Name of the testator
  • County of probate
  • Identity of the record source (usually a will book)
  • Date of the book and the page number

Alabama Notes, Volume 1 (Volumes 1 & 2 in 1 Volume)
Flora D. England

Expertly compiled from a great variety of records (including court records, marriage, records, and probate records), the genealogical information included here comes from Bibb, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hales, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, and Wilcox counties. In all, approximately 4000 individuals are referenced within this great variety of source records.

Alabama Notes, Volume 2
Volumes 3 & 4 in 1 Volume
Like Volume 1, the information presented here was compiled primarily from county court records (specifically wills and deeds), marriage books, cemetery records, and census records. Here you'll find reference to thousands of ancestors whose records were culled from the counties of Autauga, Bibb, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Dallas, Greene, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Shelby, and Wilcox.

Marriages of Mobile County, Alabama, 1813-1855
Clinton P. King and Merlem A. Barlow

Based on official records, this is an alphabetical list of nearly 12,000 men and women who married in Mobile County, Alabama between 1813 (when the county was formed) and 1855. Brides and grooms are listed in alphabetical order and for each, you'll learn the date of the marriage and a citation to the original source of the information given in tabular format.

Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835
J. Estelle Stewart King

Formed in 1798 the territory of Mississippi included the western section of what was then Georgia and what later would become the Territory of Alabama. Given the scarcity of genealogical records for early Mississippi (the 1800 and 1810 census reports, for example, are missing) this book is of vital interest to researchers with Mississippi ancestors.

Here you'll find expertly compiled abstracts of court records (wills, marriages, and tax lists) as well as a list of Revolutionary War soldiers for the early counties of Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Hinds, Warren, and Yalobusha. These counties later became the counties of Copiah, Franklin, Greene, Grenada, Lincoln, Rankin, and Wilkinson. In addition, this book includes cemetery inscriptions for Hinds County and Vicksburg (in Warren County), and Orphans' Court records for Copiah County. Most importantly, this work is as close to a virtual census of early Mississippi as you are likely to find.

Mississippi County Court Records
May Wilson McBee

Produced by one of the leading Mississippi genealogists of her generation, Mississippi County Court Records contains a wealth of genealogical information virtually all of which dates from the first half of the nineteenth century. Most of the information is derived from the court records of Claiborne, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Jefferson, Warren, and Wilkinson counties. Nearly 2,000 individuals are referenced within this collection of abstracts of deeds, wills and bonds, probate minutes, and marriage bonds.

The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805
May Wilson McBee

In 1781, two years after taking the Natchez District from the British, the Spanish commandant began recording all matters involving the mainly British inhabitants that would normally come before a tribunal. These records, which include sureties, bills of sale for land and slaves, inventories, appraisals, wills, etc., form the basis of the first part of this book. The second part of the book deals with British land grants in the Natchez District and is based on abstracts of land titles submitted to the United States for confirmation of land ownership. In all, approximately 10,000 individuals are referenced here.

Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama
Thomas M. Owen

The premier book on the participation of Alabama soldiers in the Revolutionary War, this alphabetical list generally provides the following information about an individual:

  • Age
  • Place of residence
  • Rank and line
  • Names of family members
  • Date of marriage

Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812
Eron Opha Rowland

This is the major historical and genealogical source for information on the part played by the Mississippi Territory in the campaign against the British and the Creeks during the War of 1812. In a detailed historical narrative, the author discusses all the major conflicts in the Mississippi theater. The book commences with the Battle of Burnt Corn in July 1813 and the massacre at Fort Mims (which resulted in Andrew Jackson's assumption of command) through the Battle of Horseshoe Bend to the legendary Battle of New Orleans.

In addition to this valuable information on Mississippi's participation in the War, you'll find the Rolls of Mississippi Commands in the War of 1812. This is a 76-page section giving the names and ranks of upwards of 7,500 soldiers and officers. The roster is arranged alphabetically by regiment, battalion, detachment and company. Excerpted from Volume IV of "Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society," this book is an authoritative reference compiled from primary sources and transcriptions.

Early Settlers of Alabama
James Edmonds Saunders

The first part of this work is a collection of genealogical and biographical sketches of the early settlers of Alabama (especially Lawrence County) that were originally published in a series of newspaper articles between 1880 and 1899. Based on first-hand accounts as well as the author's recollections, it offers glimpses of people and events that are often beyond the scope of present-day Genealogical resources. This is a unique and valuable record of the daily lives of Alabama's earliest settlers.

The second part of the work, compiled by the author's granddaughter, contains detailed genealogies of nearly 100 Alabama families. Compiled from a great variety of sources, these genealogies usually commence with the immigrant ancestor and progress through a chain of descents down to representatives of the line in the mid-nineteenth century. They are replete with biographical detail and are often preceded by a list of everyone of the surname mentioned in early court records.

Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas
Josiah H. Shinn

A major work on early pioneers and prominent families of Arkansas, Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas covers the history of Arkansas' settlement from its formation through the latter half of the nineteenth century. In addition to biographical sketches containing considerable genealogical data, this book contains extensive genealogies of the following families: Brilhart, Coffman/Cuffman, Davis, Desha, Fletcher, Garland, Hall, Johnson, Kaufman, Lafferty, Lindsey, Martin, Newton, Rector/Rechtor/Richter, Watkins, and Wilson. In addition, you'll find lists of Revolutionary pensioners alive in 1833 and 1834 (as well as their ages and county of residence), a list of Arkansas marriages between 1820 and 1830, and a list of Arkansas deaths between 1820 and 1839.

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