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Laurel-Jones County Library Hometown Genealogy

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A Genealogists Best Friend

A family group sheet is one of the best tools a genealogist can utilize. If you’re not sure what a family group sheet is or have never...


Those Female Ancestors

At one time or another, we have all been searching for a female ancestor and come upon brick wall after brick wall. My paternal side has...

Social Media

Vital Records

I was finally able to track down a death certificate for my great-grandfather's brother and sister! Congratulations to me! At last, I...

DNA Testing

An Ancestor's Occupational Record

An occupational record is a genealogy resource that is often overlooked. An ancestor’s job can reveal so much about their lives....

Research Questions I Should Have Asked!

Who is the informant providing the information about your ancestor? Did they actually know your ancestor? A parent, spouse, son or...

Staying Focused While You Research

I recently read an article, Six Tips for Staying Focused While You Research, by Lisa A. Alzo. While researching, it is so easy to get...

My Genealogy Blunder

Anyone who has ever worked on a family tree has made an error! Some are easily fixed, while others are not. My big blunder, trusting...

Genealogy Resources At Your Local Library

As a family history researcher, you are probably familiar with genealogy-focused libraries. Maybe you have visited the Family History...

Brick Wall Genealogy

Last week I told you a little about the brick wall on my Smith line. I am still searching for information on my James W. Smith. I have...

Land Patents

Time Capsule

Have you considered making a time capsule with your family? This is not only a fun way of celebrating your family history but also...


Hello and welcome to the Laurel Jones County Library HomeTown Genealogy Blog! My name is Susan Blakeney, and I am the Genealogist for the Laurel-Jones County Library System in Laurel, MS. I have served as the genealogist for 21 years.

I want to tell you a little about our Genealogy Library. We currently house over 4,500 genealogy research books, family files & family books. We have three public internet access computers with access to,, and other research sites.

Our Genealogy Library also has two top-of-the-line microfilm readers/printers. Our microfilm collection includes Jones County MS area newspapers, select editions, from 1900 up to March 2012; the United States Federal Census Records for Jones County MS beginning in 1830 and ending in 1940 on microfilm; and Internet access to all United States Census Records that are currently released; and select marriage records on microfilm for Jones County MS, including the Ellisville district as well as the Laurel district.

The Genealogy Library hours of operation differ from those of the library: Wednesdays 1-4:30, Thursdays 9-5:00(closed 11:45-1) & Fridays 9-3 (closed 11:45-1). Saturdays are by appointment only, & the appointment must be made at least one week in advance.

Please get in touch with me if you need help with your genealogy research. 1) Email: 2) Telephone: 601-428-4313, ext. 111 (voice mail is available) 3) Chat on this blog 4) Library website

I look forward to researching with you!

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Susan Blakeney

Genealogy Hours
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (closed 11:45 am - 1:00 pm)
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (closed 11:45 am - 1:00 pm)
Saturday is by appointment only. Appointments must be made one week in advance. Email
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