Mississippi Archives and Libraries

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Mississippi.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Mississippi[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Atlanta · Mississippi Department of Archives and History · Mississippi Genealogical Society · Mississippi Historical Society · Evans Memorial Library · McCardle Research Library · Mississippi State University Mitchel Library · University of Mississippi Williams Library · University of Southern Mississippi · Briscoe Center for American History Austin TX · Dallas Public Central Library TX · Mobile Municipal Archives AL

National Repositories[edit | edit source]

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National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260 USA
Phone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547

Records from over 100 federal agencies and courts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Also includes Vice Admiralty Courts of SC, evolution of federal courts, Constitutional rights, Revolutionary War, Civil War, reconstruction, World Wars I and II, and space exploration. Microfilms for censuses, diplomatic missions, military service records, bounty-land applications, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, American Indians, and African Americans.[1]

Statewide Repositories[edit | edit source]

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39201 USA
Telephone: 601-576-6850

This is the best place to start genealogy research in Mississippi. Researchers can find original records from every Mississippi county here. They also have newspapers, genealogies, and county histories.[2] A useful guide is:
  • Thomas W. Henderson and Ronald E. Tomlin, Guide to Official Records in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1975). WorldCat 865859264; FHL Book 976.2 A3h.
Wiki articles describing parts of their online collections are found at:

Mississippi Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5301
Jackson, MS 39216 USA

Mississippi Historical Society
PO Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571 USA
Telephone: 601-576-6849

Their collection is now part of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History above.

Regional Repositories[edit | edit source]

Evans Memorial Library
105 North Long Street
Aberdeen, MS 39730 USA
Telephone: 622-369-4601
Fax: 622-369-2971

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."[2]

McCardle Research Library
Old Courthouse Museum
1008 Cherry St
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
Telephone: 601-636-0741

Regional and local genealogy for early Mississippians, and American Civil War records including local history, histories of Warren County families, local cemetery records, census records, business directories, civil war manuscripts, maps, marriage records, and tax records.[2] [3]

Mississippi State University Mitchel Library
P.O. Box 5408
395 Hardy Rd
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5408 USA
Telephone: 662-325-7679

The Mississippi State University Libraries has digitized and made available in its Digital Collections the Orville Babcock Diaries and the Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry. The Babcock and McKinstry materials are a part of the overall Ulysses S. Grant Collection, which is housed at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU's Starkville campus.
They also have books, manuscripts, maps, biographies, and genealogies.

University of Mississippi Williams Library
P.O. Box 1848
1 Library Loop
University, MS 38677 USA
Telephone: 662-915-7408

They have an excellent collection of records about Mississippi such as logging, early settlers, oral histories, manuscripts, and local histories.[2]

University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives
P.O. Box 5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148 USA
Phone: (601) 266-4345
Fax: (601) 266-4409

Outside of Mississippi Repositories[edit | edit source]

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Briscoe Center for American History
University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78705 USA
Telephone: 512-495-4532

This collection is as large as the Texas state archives including newspapers, biographies, private collections, the American South, military history, Western Americana, photos, and the Natchez Trace Collection papers from Mississippi and Louisiana.[5] Their collections help with ethnic research about Latinos, African Americans, Germans, Swedes, Texas pioneers, the American South including plantations and slavery, and official Spanish documents of the Mexican state of Coahulia y Texas.[6] Military records cover all conflicts involving Texas such as the Texas Revolution (1836), Indian wars, and the American Civil War.[7]

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Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987 USA
Telephone: 214-670-1400

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[4] 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.[5]

Mobile Municipal Archives
P.O. Box 1827
457 Church Street
Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA
Telephone: 251-208-7740
Fax: 251-208-7428

Includes records of early Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.[2]

Guidebook[edit | edit source]

  • Mississippi Genealogical Society (Jackson, Mississippi), Survey of Records in Mississippi Court Houses (Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1957. WorldCat 865951131; FHL Book 976.2 P2m and FHL fiche 6100939. Describes Mississippi county records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 65.
  3. McCardle Library in Vicksburg's Old Courthouse Museum (accessed 11 November 2015).
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  5. Dallas Public Library Genealogy Collection in Dallas Public Library (accessed 10 November 2015).