Warren County, Mississippi, Probate Index
Warren County, Mississippi, Probate Index - Mary Lois S. Ragland and Jane J. Williams. A tool no researcher with ancestors in Warren County, Mississippi, can do without: a cross-index to the probate records kept at Warren Chancery Court, which go back to the formation of the county in 1811. Mary Lois S. Ragland is already a well-known author of Heritage Books on Mississippi, namely Fisher Funeral Home Records, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1854–1867 and Spreading the Word: Mississippi Newspaper Abstracts of Genealogical Interest, 1825–1935. In the latter, compiled for the Vicksburg Genealogical Society, Jane J. Williams was credited for her contributions. In this book, Williams and Ragland present the names of the complainants (the plaintiffs, decedents or minors) in alphabetical order, usually grouped on the surnames’ first two letters (i.e. Ab, Ac, Ad, Ai, and Al, All, etc.). The unique probate number (the book covers numbers 1 to 9999) assigned to each complainant by the court appears next to his or her name, enabling the researcher to request a copy of the right file directly from the Warren County Chancery Clerk, or to look it up on microfilm. As an extra service, the authors have prepared an every-name index to the names of the defendants, administrators, or guardians who appear in a column next to the complainants. This index in particular may allow the researcher to find an ancestor acting in a hitherto unsuspected role, as guardian to a minor for instance, towards someone whose unfamiliar surname might give a clue to a forgotten branch of the family. (1993), 2012, 5½x8½, paper, index, 252 pp.