As the last Mississippi Mondays post for 2018, I decided to focus on Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) http://www.mdah.ms.gov/, an agency that many people don’t know about. As a native Mississippian, I wasn’t too familiar with it until a bit over five (5) years ago. If you saw my Mississippians at Pearl Harbor – Mississippi Department of Archives and History, or any of several other blog posts about MDAH, it was the inspiration of Mike Allard of MDAH and his original blog post about Mississippians at Pearl Harbor that got me researching where to find those Mississippians that had dead on December 7, 1941 and make sure they were documented. He also provided additional information about a couple of individuals that I was having trouble tracking down. I appreciate the help that Mr. Allard provided me in my research for the project that he started.
If you have relatives who ever lived in Mississippi, MDAH is a good place to start trying to trace them.
For example, one section of MDAH covers abandoned cemeteries: http://www.mdah.ms.gov/new/preserve/abandoned-cemeteries/. I have ancestors that I couldn’t find where they were buried, but a local car dealership in Harrison County, Mississippi uncovered their graves during an expansion. The family who owned the car dealership took up stewardship of the graves, and you can find the cemetery on Find-A-Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2404149/stiglets-cemetery or BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Stiglets-Family-Cemetery/171275.
Without the tireless efforts of the staff of MDAH, a lot of history would be lost. If you need assistance, there are two options available: in person at MDAH or off-site: http://www.mdah.ms.gov/new/research/research-requests/.
Visiting MDAH in person is on my Bucket List although it may be a few years before I have the opportunity.