Mississippi Roots: Finding Your Magnolia State Ancestors – Lori Thornton


Lori Thornton

Persons with Mississippi ancestry will benefit from this overview of researching in the Magnolia State. Those attending will receive a link to additional resources. A brief overview of the state’s earliest history and settlement will examine resources for this period. Government-created records provide useful genealogical information. A variety of records and the repositories holding them will be discussed. Understanding laws in place in our ancestors’ time informs our genealogical narrative.

Other records such as church records, business records, organization records, and manuscripts give additional information. Maps help us understand the place our ancestors lived. Sources for locating historic Mississippi maps will be included. Local histories and social histories provide details pertinent to our ancestors’ experiences. A mini tour of Mississippi repositories concludes the talk.

Lori also presents “Righting Your Wrongs Through Writing.”

BIO: Lori Thornton is a librarian and professional genealogist specializing in Southern States. She wrote Research in Mississippi for the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series.


The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure.