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Laurel-Jones County Library Hometown Genealogy


If The Surname Is The Same, Are We Related

Have you ever stopped and thought about if you are related to every person with the same surname as you? I have. A surname can be shared...

Jones County Famous Murder Of 1935

Jones County, Mississippi, - January 1935 When I began working in the genealogy library in June 2001, I was asked about the murder of...

Interviewing Family & Friends

Did you ever record your family & friends using a cassette recorder and a camcorder? I did. Oh my goodness, those recorders & cameras...

Mississippi and the Library of Congress

Mississippi joined the Union as the 20th state on December 10, 1817. The French settled it in 1761, and our oldest city on the...

Genealogy Myths and Misconceptions

If it's in print - it must be true! You might get lucky and find a genealogy book that has been compiled on your ancestors, but just...

Finding Your Female Ancestor's Maiden Name

Roughly half of our direct ancestors were women. Most research hits a major snag when all we know is the name they went by after their...

Researching Marriage Records

There are a number of types of marriage records. The most researched is, of course, the marriage license. You may also want to search...

Jones County MS

Founded in 1826, Jones County MS was created by taking land from Wayne County MS and Covington County MS. Jones County is one of 11...

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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 - 5:30 pm (closed 11:45 am - 1:00 pm)
Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 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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