Tippah genealogists seek more access

djournal-tippah-county-stockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

RIPLEY – A group of volunteers from the Tippah County Genealogical Society want to provide more access to county records for genealogical research.

Volunteer Jessica Rolison Jeter asked the Board of Supervisors on Friday to allow members of the organization to open the county archives in the old jail building for some weekend hours so that individuals can get in for family history research.

The archives provide storage for old chancery court and circuit court records, as well as family history data collected and preserved during a special research project in 2011 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Salt Lake City, Utah, that scanned and made digital files of many Tippah County deed books, marriage records, land transactions, family genealogies and other county records. The Tippah County information can be accessed through a web page on the FamilySearch.org website.

The genealogical society continues the indexing and filing work to preserve other records that remain in storage in the attic of the courthouse, and those records also will be placed in the archives at the old jail, Jeter said. The group plans to purchase a copier and scanner to help with digitizing those records as well.

Board President Eddie Stroupe, after board discussion, said Chancery Clerk Rodney McBryde and Circuit Clerk Randy Graves will need to visit the archives and courthouse storage areas to assess what the next step should be.

Those records are under these county officials’ supervision and they’ll need to provide input to the board before an arrangement can be made about public access to those files, Stroupe said.

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