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Access the records: Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951 .
This collection includes images of records filmed at the Mississippi State Archives in Jackson, Mississippi. It includes narratives from former slaves, land records from the Office of the Secretary of State, lists of military veterans, military grave registrations, and naturalization records. The collection is being published as images become available. The military grave registrations have been indexed. The event place is the place of burial.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The record content varies by record type.
- Early census records lists names of free white males
- Names of free white females
State Census records of 1870 include the following information:
- Names of white and colored males over 21
- Names of white and colored males under 21
- Names of white and colored females over 21
- Names of white and colored females under 21
- Names of all adult males who are qualified to vote
- Names of all adult males who are not qualified to vote
State Census records of 1880 include the following information:
- Names of every individual enumerated
- Their age, race, nativity, and occupation
Tax records for the State of Mississippi listed all persons from whom monies were received
Military Commissions for regimental records required the following:
- Name of individual and enlistment date
- Rank, company and commanding officer
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The county where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒Select the Browse link in the initial search page
⇒Select the County category
⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume category which takes you to the images
Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:
- Use the age to calculate the birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
General Information About These Records
Many colonial records for the lower Mississippi Valley were placed in archives in France, Spain, and England. These include correspondence about military and governmental affairs, some censuses, birth and burial registers, land grants, and surveys. Many of these records were transcribed by Dunbar Rowland and collected in a set of manuscript volumes known as the Mississippi Provincial Archives. This collection is at the Mississippi Department of History and Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. It is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the country. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications
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- Electronic records received from government agencies and officials
- Donated and acquired electronic resources
- Digital copies of original materials from MDAH collections, including paper documents, photographs, maps, audio, and video
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Misissippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Government Records, Jackson.
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