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Genealogy Resources

Our Genealogy/Local History Section is full of valuable reference material, including City Directories going back to the late 1800s, Natchez school yearbooks, cemetery records, Jersey settlers information, census information, books on local and state history, Journal of Mississippi History, Roster of of Confederate Soldiers, and DAR indexes.

One of our most popular resources are our Vertical Files, where we have collected newspaper and magazine articles and filed them according to subject matter.

Other Useful genealogy Links & Resources  |  Natchez Newspapers Archival Project  |  Mississippi Historical Societies


Ancestry Library Edition

  • The largest collection of family history records on the web.
  • Learn details about your ancestor's lives
  • Build your family tree

Click here to enter Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry.Library Edition is available only for use within the library. Remote access is not possible due to contractual restrictions.  Please contact a staff member for access.


  • Find ancestors in the complete set of U S Federal Census images from 1790-1930, including name indexes for many years.
  • Find information in books on people and places described family and local histories.
  • Find information about people and places from PERSI, an index of over 2.3 million genealogy and local history articles.
  • Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.
  • Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865 - 1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.
  • Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis Serial Set.

Click here to enter Heritage Quest.
You may access this resource from anywhere, but you will need to enter your library card barcode number.


The Mississippi Oral History Project is a statewide initiative to record Mississippians talking about their experiences — family life, work, politics, churches, community, the daily grind and extraordinary events. The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to collect histories from moonshiners to legislators. Under a special initiative funded by the Mississippi Legislature, a focused effort is under way to collect oral histories from Hurricane Katrina survivors, Civil Rights Movement participants and World War II veterans.

The University of Southern Mississippi carries out the details of the project, with professional staff working with local groups to gather histories. Once interviews are collected, they are professionally transcribed, with copies of tapes and printed interviews going to the local sites and each participant. The master tapes remain at the USM library, where they are permanently archived. The materials are readily available to scholars and researchers, teachers and students, and to the general public and on the internet at www.usm.edu/msoralhistory. The histories are not just archived. They are also incorporated into numerous public programs, including theatrical productions, radio and film documentaries, K-12 curriculums, museum exhibits and chautauquas. Mississippians are famous for their stories. The Mississippi Oral History Program plays an invaluable role in contributing to the understanding of our state’s history from the perspective of Mississippians themselves.

The Mississippi Humanities Council has involved itself with the collection and preservation of oral history in the state for many years. Its efforts were intensified in 1995 with the creation of the Mississippi Oral History Project, resulting in a collection today that includes recorded memories from World War II survivors and Civil Rights leaders to sports heroes and shrimpers. More than 2,000 histories are now archived at the the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The site offers detailed information for the general public and members of the press including a directory of archived histories. It also offers a Teacher’s Corner with a multitude of educational resources. Mississippi oral histories can be heard twice a week on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s "Mississippi Moments" segments.


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Fr O'C presents a bound copy of the minutes of the Ministerial Alliance from 2004 - 2013. He served as secretary of the Ministerial Alliance during these years. Presentation is made to Ms Marian Raley, Judge Armstrong Public Library representative. The Ministerial Alliance includes the pastors/ministers in the MS-Lou area.

   
Useful Genealogy Links
  1. Database of Mississippi Historic Resources
    Mississippi Department of Archives and History has a new online resource with unprecedented amounts of information on Mississippi's historic sites.
  2. Natchez High School
    Visit the Natchez Rebels Alumni and look at their history, listen to music, look at their gallery and collections. Relive the memories they had at Natchez High school
  3. Natchez Historical Society
    Collect historical material about Natchez and Adams County, Miss
  4. Historic Natchez Foundation
    The Historic Natchez Foundation works to strengthen the sense of place that defines Natchez.
  5. Adams County, Mississippi online record search
    This search engine will return Circuit Court Cases, Marriage Licenses, and Judgment Roll info of record in Adams County.
  6. National Archives and Record Administration
    This will provide many finding aids, guides, and research tools.
  7. The USGenWeb Project
    Volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
  8. Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    Cyndi's links for netting your ancestors. More than 148,225 links.  139,625 categorized & cross-referenced links.  More than 150 categories.
  9. Genealogy Home Page
    This genealogy page includes links to daily updates.
  10. Mytrees.com formerly known as Kindred Konnections
    Family History Research Center Contains the US Social Security Death Index, as well as a 15 million name Surname Index.
  11. Genealogy Today/Mississippi
    Genealogy news for Mississippi, plus surname queries, family research tips, articles and genealogy search tools.
  12. Mississippi Genealogy Network
    Indexed by area, by county and by network.
  13. Genealogy Spot
    A free resource center that simplifies the search for the best online genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike.
  14. Daily Chronicles of the American Civil War

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Mississippi Humanities Council

3825 Ridgewood Road, Room 311
Jackson, Mississippi 39211-6497
601-432-6752
www.mshumanities.org

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