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Record Description

These records are lists of children compiled by Mississippi counties and school districts for the years 1908 to 1957.

The listing of school-aged children in Mississippi dates back to 1850, though some counties took another 100 years to adopt the practice. In some areas the records are referred to as school censuses. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools. The information is usually reliable.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the collection include:

  • County, town, and school district of enumeration
  • Race
  • School Status (regularly attending, enrolled, or withdrawn from school)
  • Parents' names
  • Name of child
  • Age
  • Month of birth
  • Gender
  • School and ward
  • Address

How to Use the Record

School records can be very helpful as they can often be used as a reliable substitute for birth records or they can lead you to birth records. To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the child
  • Age or approximate birth date
  • Parents names
  • Residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the Browse link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Country name" category
⇒Select the "Year" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestor. For example:

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify other relatives such as cousins who attended the same school or other nearby schools.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1885.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Mississippi, Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892, 1908-1957." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Archives and History. Government Records, Jackson.

 

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