Trace your Mississippi ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
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
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Mississippi guide:
- Mississippi’s economic base was cotton production, increasing the state’s reliance on slavery. On the eve of the Civil War, the majority of Mississippi’s population was enslaved.
- Statewide marriage registration started in 1926. Earlier records may be available from county circuit courts or on FamilySearch.
- Mississippi first appeared in the US federal census as a territory in 1800 and 1810, but its entries have been lost. FamilySearch has a collection of state archives records that includes various state censuses.
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.