Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1908 to 1957.

These records are lists of children compiled by Mississippi counties and school districts.

The listing of school-aged children in Mississippi dates back to 1850, though some counties took another 100 years to adopt the practice. In some areas the records are referred to as school censuses. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools.

The information is usually reliable.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Mississippi, Educable Children Lists. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the collection include:

  • County, town, and school district of enumeration
  • Race
  • School Status (regularly attending, enrolled, or withdrawn from school)
  • Parents' names
  • Name of child
  • Age
  • Month of birth
  • Gender
  • School and ward
  • Address

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Country name" category
⇒Select the "Year" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

School records can be very helpful as they can often be used as a reliable substitute for birth records or they can lead you to birth records. To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the child
  • Age or approximate birth date
  • Parents names
  • Residence

Compare the information in the school record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestor. For example:

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify other relatives such as cousins who attended the same school or other nearby schools.

Keep in mind:

  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1885.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892, 1908-1957"  digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 March 2012), Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892, 1908-1957 > Monroe > 1878 > Image 5 of 314; entry for Jim Dryer age 16; citing School Records, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi, United States.