Mississippi Compiled Genealogies
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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and will records. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and is on 20 microfilms at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 868497—). The volumes are generally arranged by county and many have individual indexes.
Mississippi Provincial Archives. Many colonial records for the lower Mississippi Valley were placed in archives in France, Spain, and England. These include correspondence about military and governmental affairs, some censuses, birth and burial registers, land grants, and surveys. Many of these records were transcribed by Dunbar Rowland and collected in a set of manuscript volumes known as the Mississippi Provincial Archives. This collection is at the Mississippi Department of History and Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library. It includes:
Records of the French Dominion, 1612 to 1763 (Family History Library films 899957-71), and the English Dominion, 1763 to 1783 (Family History Library films 899981-85) (listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under MISSISSIPPI - HISTORY - SOURCES).
Records of the Spanish Dominion, 1757 to 1820 (Family History Library films 899972-80) (listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under MISSISSIPPI - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS).
Johnson, Charles Owen, ed. The Order of the First Families of Mississippi 1699-1817: 1981 Register. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1981.book 976.2 D2o.
FamilySearch has begun to digitize its collections, see: Mississippi State Archives, Various Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
- See also:
- Mississippi Genealogy (Access Genealogy)
- Mississippi Genealogy (Genealogy Inc)
- Mississippi Genealogy (Genealogy Today)
- Mississippi Genealogy (Linkpendium)
- Mississippi Genealogy (Resources at RootsWeb)