- 105 North Long Street
Aberdeen, MS 39730 USA
Hours and holidays: Mon-Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Fri and Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Holiday hours vary, call ahead
Map and directions: Google map: Evans Memorial Library, Aberdeen MS
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This is an outstanding regional library with records of the deep South, including Mississippi and Alabama oral histories, church records, newspapers, maps, military records, Chickasaw Indians, African Americans, fraternal histories, scrapbooks, manuscripts and photos. One of the largest genealogy collections in the South - could be called "the Fort Wayne Library of the South."
Genealogical Collection: has Monroe County cemetery records through 1938, an index to Monroe County marriages 1821-1825 and 1834-1921, A History of Monroe County, Monroe County census indexes for 1850, 1860, and 1880, Monroe County census microfilms 1820–1930, a digital and a printed index to 14,000 images in the F. S. McKnight Photographic Collection 1894-1930, over 1600 surname files, and over 500 published family histories.
Evans Manuscript Collection: Record types: personal correspondence, journals, diaries, business ledgers, government records and newspaper clippings from 1813 to present. Organizations: churches, clubs and lodges, city and county governments, courts, legal firms, post office, hospitals, schools, plantations, and fairs. Topics: slavery, Antebellum South, settlement of northeast Mississippi, steamboats, agriculture, American Civil War, Reconstruction, history of medicine, World War I and II, Mexican War, and the Grange.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Evans Memorial Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives at Atlanta federal court & agency records, censuses, Ancestry.com, military, photos, bounty-land, pensions, passengers lists, naturalizations, Indians, African Americans, workshops.
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, best genealogy facility in Mississippi with county records, many newspapers, genealogies, county histories, and manuscripts.
- Mississippi Historical Society Library, Jackson, many historical manuscripts, newspapers, histories, genealogies, periodicals, and unpublished histories.
- Monroe County Circuit Clerk, Aberdeen, marriages since 1821, jury lists, and tax lists.
- Monroe County Chancery Clerk, Aberdeen, divorces, deeds since 1821, wills since 1825, and court records since 1825.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen, recent court cases.
- Repositories in surrounding counties in Mississippi: Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, and in Alabama: Lamar, and Marion.
- Mississippi State Department of Health Vital Records, Jackson, births and deaths since 1912; marriages and divorces 1926 to 1938, and since 1942.
- Mississippi State University Mitchell Library, Mississippi State, history books, manuscripts, maps, biographies, and genealogies.
- University of Mississippi Williams Library, University, excellent Mississippi collection including logging, settlers, oral histories, manuscripts, and histories.
- Mississippi Genealogical Society, Jackson, meetings, seminars, and publications.
- J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism, Jackson, historical records of the Mississippi Conference since 1799.
- Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission, Clinton, church minutes since the early 1800s, books, manuscripts, microfilm, serials, vertical files, oral histories, and photos.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
- Briscoe Center for American History, Austin TX, has the Natchez Trace Collection papers from Mississippi and Louisiana including manuscripts, photos, maps, military records, steamboats, and slaves documenting life in the lower Mississippi Valley since the 1600s.
- Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, tax abstracts, films of originals for some states, and databases.
- Mobile Municipal Archives, Mobile AL, early MS/AL/FL settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.