Jackson hosting annual genealogical seminar


Special to the Daily Journal

Before the holiday season completely engulfs you, mark your calendar and make reservations for the Mississippi Genealogical Society's annual Genealogical Seminar.

Sponsored by MGS and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center at 400 Greymont Ave. in Jackson. Doorswill open at 8 a.m. and the seminar will conclude at 4 p.m.

The featured speaker will be Robert Young Clay who recently retired as the Senior Genealogical Reference Archivist at the Library of Virginia where he assisted genealogical researchers for almost 30 years.

He will present two lecture sessions during the morning period which will cover “Virginia City Records” and “Virginia County Records.” During the afternoon session, he will address “Virginia Colonial and State Records” and conclude with “Things They Never Tell You.”

Registration fee is $30, which includes course materials and break refreshments. The luncheon is $15 and although this is optional, guests are urged to take part. MGS members receive a $2 discount. There will be no refunds after Jan. 6. Luncheon reservations may not be available after that date, but walk-ins for the seminar itself are welcome.

To register, send your name, address, telephone number and check ($45 for whole program or$30 for seminar alone) to Mississippi Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 5301, Jackson, MS 39296-5301. Multiple registrations may be included by enclosing the above information for each person and remitting the increased amount for all planning to attend.

The Clarion Hotel & Convention Center is located across from the Coliseum and may be reached from either the Pearl or High street exits off I-55N. The hotel is holding a block of rooms at a reduced rate for any out-of -own attendees who must spend the night in order to attend. These reservations must be made by Dec. 14 in order to receive the special rates. Reserve these by calling the Clarion Hotel desk at (601) 969-2141.

Make your plans now and get your research year off to an excellent start.

Please send your announcements and queries to Family Trees, 900 Main St., Natchez, MS 39120 or e-mail FAMTREE316@aol.com. All queries are printed free of charge.

Does anyone know?

– Dolores Raines Sutton (Ada, Oklahoma; e-mail-drainessutton@juno.com) is seeking information about her Lee County, Miss. lines. LUCIOUS RAINES, a son of JAMES & LOTTIE MOONEY RAINES, married C.C. HALL March 13, 1903 in Lee County. She is identified only by her initials. Who was she and who were her parents? ROSA KITCHENS married L.E. RAINES May 28, 1905 also in Lee County. Who were her parents? Can any reader help with information on these Raines?

– Pauline (Pollywog1930@aol.com) is looking for information on JOHN G. MIDDLETON who was in Franklin County, Miss., about 1803-4. He was possibly with STEPHEN MIDDLETON who may have been a brother. Both were born in South Carolina and died in Mississippi. What is the earliest census record on John? Stephen is found in Franklin County in the 1810 Census, but not John. In the 1810 Franklin County Census, Stephen is shown with two males over 21. Could one of these be John? Are there any census, tax or land records that state who his wife and children were? Does a family Bible exist that could document when he was born, who he married and names of all of his children? Could any reader share information on the Middletons?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main St., Natchez, MS 39120 or e-mail FAMTREE316@aol.com. All queries are printed free of charge.