Back in 1998 in Chickasaw County, MS I was overwhelmed when I walked into a local library and found books about MY family. Even pages that had been written by my great-great aunt, who I adored since I was a child. I’m not a huge book reader, front to back, but I dabble. Maybe I have ADHD because the only book I can remember really reading was Wuthering Heights before I was a teenager. There’s been others, but I don’t really like to read. I’d rather research! So when I’m suddenly wanting to go to the library, you know that’s why! Before Covid, I had visited my local main library that has an entire floor dedicated to genealogy and I was planning another visit to see what they might have. Then I was going to take a trip through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Then Covid hit and all things were cancelled. As you’ll see in my last post, I made good use of the time, and it actually paid off to wait!
After a year and half, I finally made my first visit to the library and spent almost the entire day! I took about 518 snaps of book pages and read several census records (in black!). While I can’t say I found anything quite yet, I know I found some documents that will expand some of the existing new Buchanan family line from Pontotoc, Itawamba and Lee Co’s MS. Sadly, where and when my beloved Zana, along with when her mother, beloved Catharine, dies will continue to be a mystery a little longer. So will when John dies or even when James or what military unit he was in during the Civil War, but I will regroup with these documents and see where they lead me.
I kept the family names of my cousins in mind too so I do have some documentation on their other family lines, which I’ll add to the work I do for their trees, and since they all interconnect with our main lines, it all matters. But I confess, not finding much for Franklin or Colbert, AL in terms of books categorized to these specific counties was disappointing. Even more that neither had much representation in terms of a historical/genealogical society, when compared to other counties I’ve researched in the same areas. Now when it comes to the state as a whole, or even the other genealogical groups, there’s SO much information for both Alabama and Mississippi, that I could spend months there and still not have gone through it all!