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The collection consists of an index to birth and baptism records from various places in Mississippi for the years 1820 to 1971.
The index may include any of the following:
- Child’s full name
- Date and place of child's birth
- Child's gender and race
- Whether living or stillborn
- Father's name, age, occupation and place of birth
- Mother's maiden name, age and place of birth
- Child's place of order in family
- Parents' place of residence
How to Use the Records
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Identifying information such as date and place of birth
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors 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 birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
- The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
Related Wiki Articles
- Mississippi Vital Records
- Mississippi Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citations for This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Mississippi, Births and Baptisms, 1820-1971" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Mississippi Department of History and Archives and County Circuit Court Clerks.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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