Millsaps offers two genealogy-related classes.

By Nancianne Parkes Suber

Millsaps College Community Enrichment Series will again be offering two courses of interest to genealogists and family researchers among the Fall 2005 classes.

Active since 1972, this popular series offers noncredit evening courses which have no prerequisites and no examinations – just the sheer delight of brushing up on skills and learning something new.

Anne L. Webster, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, will again be teaching her ever-popular Hands-On Genealogy course. This course will meet both at Millsaps College and at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History building.

The sessions at the college will introduce basic sources (census data, death records, newspapers, etc.), county records, and military records (both Civil War and WW1). The class meeting at the State Archives will include hands-on instruction for the student to learn how to use the extensive records found there.

Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 6 until 7:30 p.m.from Sept. 19 through Oct. 1. This will be a total of four sessions. Class fee will be $75. For further information call (601) 974-1130 or visit

The second class will be Preserving Family Photographs taught by Elaine Owens. Students will learn about the various photographic processes used both in the past andcurrently. Emphasis will be placed on the preservation methods required for each along with the risk factors in displaying these family treasures. This will ensure that your family treasures will be preserved for generations to come.

This class will be meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m. from Sept. 20 to October 11.Class fee is $85. Registration forms and further information maybe acquired by calling (601) 974-1130 or visiting the above Web site

The only problem with visiting the Web site is that you will surely be tempted by some of the other wonderful courses offered. And keep in mind if you are within driving distance of Jackson, these short coursesare well worth going into the city for one night of enlightenment in a collegiate atmosphere.

Does anyone know?

– Bill Lyle (670 A Road 506, Shannon, MS 38868, e-mail is searching for the parents and any other information on the family of MINTA J. BARBER who was born in Campbell Count, GA in 1821. He married TEMPERANCE JONES. The family later moved to Itawamba County, Miss., about 1851. Children listed on the Itawamba County, Miss. 1860 Census are: JOHN W. (age 16); MARY E.. (age 14); THOMAS M.. (age 12); his great-great-grandfather GEORGE W. (age 10); SARAH JANE (age 8); JOSEPH G. (age 5) and ALEXANDER H. (age 1). Can any reader help with additional information about the Barbers?

– Julia Runnels (214 Seneca Road, Great Falls, VA 22066; e-mail is looking for information on MATILDA WALCOTT who was born somewhere in Ohio and later married WILLIAM THOMAS BINNING July 29, 1839 in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi. They later moved to Woodville, Miss., where they are both buried. Does any reader have research to share on this family and their descendants?

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