Mississippi Research Guide Digital Download
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- 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
- 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
- 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.