Mississippi Research Guide Digital Download


Trace your Mississippi ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!

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You’ll love this if…

  • You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Mississippi
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Mississippi brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Mississippi —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection

Trace your Mississippi ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing Mississippi’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Mississippi research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state’s history
  • full-color map to put your research in geographical context

Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Mississippi guide:

  • By 1832, the United States had removed local Indian tribes, most to Oklahoma, and settlers from the Upper South flooded in. Mississippi’s economic base switched from tobacco and fur trading to cotton production, especially in the fertile Delta region (technically not a delta, but a floodplain between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers).
  • Statewide marriage registration started in 1926. Pre-1926 and mid-1938 to 1941 records are available only from the originating county circuit court), though most are on Family History Library microfilm.
  • Once Mississippi became a US territory, disputes arose over the validity of settlers’ land grants from France, Britain and Spain. Records of these cases are in the American State Papers, searchable at

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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