Thursday, July 12, 2007

Book Author to be Program Speaker at August Society Meeting

Long-time society member, Martha Bone, of Greenville, Mississippi will be the guest speaker at the August membership meeting of the Itawamba Historical Society. The meeting will begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, with the program following. She has just finished a monumental task – compiling a book including the Itawamba County World War I Draft Registrations with supplemental material. Who would think that a book most people consider just a list of names could provide such a wealth of information? This newly compiled book of Itawamba County WWI draft registrations consists of approximately 2,800 men who were born between 1873 and 1900. In addition to their names, addresses, dates of birth, and race, the cards also contain information on their occupations, places of birth, nearest relatives, employers, and even a physical description of each registrant. Plus many of the cards reveal the birthplace of the father. Even if you had no relatives who registered for service in WWI, this book will still allow you to glean valuable information on early twentieth century Itawamba County . This compilation also includes selected information from censuses, cemetery records and the Social Security Death Index. This book is 8 ½ x 11 inches, and hardbound. She will be singing copies of the book after the program.

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