Your Guide to Researching

Mississippi Ancestors


Basic Guides * Family History Library * Maps *

Basic Guides

All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library) (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are perfectly usable)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) (find in a library)
  3. The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)

Books you might purchase or use in a library include

Tracing Your Mississippi Ancestors (1994) Find in a Library


Use the Family History Library

Bookmark or print out these FHL documents:

Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Mississippi. ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.


Bookmark or print out this map of Mississippi counties.

Mississippi Map from 1895 Atlas



Statewide Sites of Interest

Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary.

  • the XXX Gen Web
  • ALHN XXXX page
  • AHGP XXXX page.

Visit the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.

State Library
State Archives
Major U or Gen Libs
Gen & Historical Societies XXXX is served by the National Archives ___ Region, which is housed in XXXX

Find Source Records

Cemetery Records

Census Records

Church Records


Institution Records


Land & Property Records

(For general informaton , see my guide to land records-- it will open in a new window, so you can leave it open )



Probate Records

Vital Records

Work with Other Researchers

More Links





Books, Periodicals, Articles, Tapes, CD's etc.
On The Web



Cemetery RecordsFind burials at Interment.net
http://interment.net/us/index.htm CensusThe 1880 census can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org. Find other online cesus records and more sensus informaiton at censusfinder.com's XXX links. Churches County HistoriesNaturalizationsNewspapersThe XXX Newspaper Project will help you locate newspapers. Those that have been filmed can usually be borrowed on interlibrary loan. Once you've identified a newspaper you want to see, ask the Librarian at your local library to try to get it on interlibrary loan. Vital RecordsTo get information about vital records, check the XXX Vital Records (official page) or the Vitalrec VVVV PageSpecial populationsBlack SheepFinally, check out XXXX Black Sheep Ancestors http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/Help! Queries and Lookups
RAGKMore links

  • Access Genealogy List of XXX Links
    Cyndi's List XXXX Page
  • GenealogyToday's State Gen Site: XXX
  • Genealink's XXXX page
  • Linkpendium's XXXX Page
  • Rootsweb U.S. Resources: XXXXXX