Spreading the Word: Mississippi Newspaper Abstracts of Genealogical Interest, 1825-1935 - Mary Lois S. Ragland. Vicksburg was the largest city in Mississippi until after 1900, and it was also one of the busiest ports and rail centers in the South. As a river city, it had direct ties with other towns up and down the waterways and, consequently, its newspapers carried a vast amount of news from throughout the state. Data abstracted for this work includes mainly marriage and death notices, and other “family news” items of genealogical interest. Thirty-five papers were searched, covering a span of years from 1825 to 1935; however, most of the information comes from three papers: the Vicksburg Weekly Whig (1857–1858), the Vicksburg Weekly Herald (also called Weekly Vicksburg Herald, dated 1866–1878) and the Vicksburg Daily Herald (1865–1868). (1991, 2000), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 256 pp.