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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Mississippi]] were the Baptist and the Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist) churches. The Family History Library has a few original church records for Mississippi, including some Baptist and Presbyterian documents. However, the records of these major denominations seldom include birth, marriage, and death dates.  
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Mississippi]] were the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Baptist_Convention Baptist] and the Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist) churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref> The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has a few original church records for Mississippi, including some Baptist and Presbyterian documents. However, the records of these major denominations seldom include birth, marriage, and death dates.  
  
 
Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
 
Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
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=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
  
'''Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission'''<br>Mississippi College Library<br>P.O. Box 51<br>Clinton, MS 39060<br>Telephone: 601-925-3434<br>Fax: 601-925-3435 <br>Internet: http://www.mc.edu/campus/library/libhistory.htm
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[http://library.mc.edu/resources/mississippi_baptist_historical_collection/ Mississippi Baptist Historical Collection]<br>Mississippi College Library<br>200 S. Capitol Street<br>Clinton, MS 39060<br>Phone: (601) 925-3000
  
'''The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives'''<br>901 Commerce Street #400<br>Nashville, TN 37203-3630<br>Telephone 615-244-0344<br>Fax 615-782-4821 <br>Internet: http://www.sbhla.org/links.htm
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[http://www.sbhla.org/links.htm The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives]<br>901 Commerce Street #400<br>Nashville, TN 37203-3630<br>Phone (615) 244-0344<br>Fax (615) 782-4821  
  
 
Histories of the Baptists include:  
 
Histories of the Baptists include:  
  
Benjamin, Griffin. ''History of the Primitive Baptists of Mississippi''. 1853. Reprint, Jonesboro, Arkansas: Sammons Printing, 1958. (Family History Library&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=194574&disp=History+of+the+Primitive+Baptists+of+Mis%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 976.2 K2g.)]  
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*Benjamin, Griffin. ''History of the Primitive Baptists of Mississippi''. Jackson, Miss.: Barksdale and Jones, 1853. Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924029452608 Internet Archive]; 1958 reprint: {{FHL|194574|item|disp=FHL Book 976.2 K2g}}.
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*Schilling, T.C. ''Abstract History of the Mississippi Baptist Association, 1806-1906''. New Orleans, La.: n.p., 1908. {{FHL|195204|item|disp=FHL Film 1036195 Item 1}}; digital version and index at [http://geocitiessites.com/baptist_documents/miss.association.index.html Baptist History Homepage]
  
Schilling, T.C. ''Abstract History of the Mississippi Baptist Association, 1806-1906''. New Orlean, Louisiana: N.p., 1908. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195204&disp=Abstract+history+of+the+Mississippi+Bapt%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1036195].)  
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An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state:<ref>Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," ''The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research,'' Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. {{FHL|43856|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32}}.</ref>
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*''The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America.'' Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=f9gpAAAAYAAJ Google Books].
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Mississippi Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
  
'''J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism'''<br>Millsaps-Wilson Library<br>Millsaps College<br>1701 North State Street<br>Jackson, MS 39210<br>Telephone: 601-974-1073<br>Fax: 601-974-1082 <br>Internet: http://library.millsaps.edu/index.php/archives/jb-cain-archives-of-mississippi-methodism/
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[http://www.millsaps.edu/library/library_cain_archives.php J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism]<br>Millsaps-Wilson Library<br>Millsaps College<br>1701 North State Street<br>Jackson, MS 39210<br>Phone: (601) 974-1073<br>Fax: (601) 974-1082  
  
'''Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church'''<br>36 Madison Avenue<br>P.O. Box 127<br>Madison, NJ 07940<br>Telephone: 201-408-3590<br>Fax: 201-408-3909 <br>Internet: http://www.gcah.org/Directory/CommAH.htm
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[http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2858857/k.BF4D/Home.htm Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church]<br>36 Madison Avenue<br>P.O. Box 127<br>Madison, NJ 07940<br>Phone: (201) 408-3590<br>Fax: (201) 408-3909  
  
A helpful history is J. Allen Lindsey, ''Methodism in the Mississippi Conference'' (Jackson, Mississippi: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1964; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=153012&disp=Methodism+in+the+Mississippi+Conference%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 976.2 K2L].)
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A helpful history is:
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*Lindsey, J. Allen. ''Methodism in the Mississippi Conference.'' Jackson, Miss.: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1964. {{FHL|153012|item|disp=FHL Book 976.2 K2L}}.
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
Diocese of Biloxi  
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[http://www.biloxidiocese.org/index.cfm Diocese of Biloxi]<br>1790 Popps Ferry Road<br>Biloxi, MS 39532<br>Phone: (228) 702-2100
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Covington, Davis, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, Walthall, Wayne,  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Covington County, Mississippi|Covington]], [[Forrest County, Mississippi|Forrest]], [[George County, Mississippi|George]], [[Greene County, Mississippi|Greene]], [[Hancock County, Mississippi|Hancock]], [[Harrison County, Mississippi|Harrison]], [[Jackson County, Mississippi|Jackson]], [[Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi|Jefferson Davis]], [[Lamar County, Mississippi|Lamar]], [[Lawrence County, Mississippi|Lawrence]], [[Marion County, Mississippi|Marion]], [[Pearl River County, Mississippi|Pearl River]], [[Perry County, Mississippi|Perry]], [[Stone County, Mississippi|Stone]], [[Walthall County, Mississippi|Walthall]] and [[Wayne County, Mississippi|Wayne]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
  
 
[http://www.jacksondiocese.org/catholic-dioces-archive.php Diocese of Jackson]<br>237 East Amite<br>P.O. Box 2248<br>Jackson, MS 39225 <br>Phone: (601) 969-1880  
 
[http://www.jacksondiocese.org/catholic-dioces-archive.php Diocese of Jackson]<br>237 East Amite<br>P.O. Box 2248<br>Jackson, MS 39225 <br>Phone: (601) 969-1880  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Adams County, Mississippi|Adams]], [[Alcorn County, Mississippi|Alcorn]], [[Amite County, Mississippi|Amite]], [[Attala County, Mississippi|Attala]], [[Bolivar County, Mississippi|Bolivar]], [[Benton County, Mississippi|Benton]], [[Calhoun County, Mississippi|Calhoun]], [[Carroll County, Mississippi|Carroll]], [[Chickasaw County, Mississippi|Chickasaw]], [[Choctaw County, Mississippi|Choctaw]], [[Claiborne County, Mississippi|Claiborne]], [[Clarke County, Mississippi|Clarke]], [[Clay County, Mississippi|Clay]], [[Coahoma County, Mississippi|Coahoma]], [[Copiah County, Mississippi|Copiah]], [[DeSoto County, Mississippi|DeSoto]], [[Franklin County, Mississippi|Franklin]], [[Grenada County, Mississippi|Grenada]], [[Hinds County, Mississippi|Hinds]], [[Holmes County, Mississippi|Holmes]], [[Humphreys County, Mississippi|Humphreys]], [[Issaquena County, Mississippi|Issaquena]], [[Itawamba County, Mississippi|Itawamba]], [[Jasper County, Mississippi|Jasper]], [[Jefferson County, Mississippi|Jefferson]], [[Kemper County, Mississippi|Kemper]], [[Lafayette County, Mississippi|Lafayette]], [[Lauderdale County, Mississippi|Lauderdale]], [[Leake County, Mississippi|Leake]], [[Lee County, Mississippi|Lee]], [[Leflore County, Mississippi|Leflore]], [[Lincoln County, Mississippi|Lincoln]], [[Lowndes County, Mississippi|Lowndes]], [[Madison County, Mississippi|Madison]], [[Marshall County, Mississippi|Marshall]], [[Monroe County, Mississippi|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Mississippi|Montgomery]], [[Neshoba County, Mississippi|Neshoba]], [[Newton County, Mississippi|Newton]], [[Noxubee County, Mississippi|Noxubee]], [[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi|Oktibbeha]], [[Panola County, Mississippi|Panola]], [[Pike County, Mississippi|Pike]], [[Pontotoc County, Mississippi|Pontotoc]], [[Prentiss County, Mississippi|Prentiss]], [[Quitman County, Mississippi|Quitman]], [[Rankin County, Mississippi|Rankin]], [[Scott County, Mississippi|Scott]], [[Sharkey County, Mississippi|Sharkey]], [[Simpson County, Mississippi|Simpson]], [[Smith County, Mississippi|Smith]], Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Adams County, Mississippi|Adams]], [[Alcorn County, Mississippi|Alcorn]], [[Amite County, Mississippi|Amite]], [[Attala County, Mississippi|Attala]], [[Bolivar County, Mississippi|Bolivar]], [[Benton County, Mississippi|Benton]], [[Calhoun County, Mississippi|Calhoun]], [[Carroll County, Mississippi|Carroll]], [[Chickasaw County, Mississippi|Chickasaw]], [[Choctaw County, Mississippi|Choctaw]], [[Claiborne County, Mississippi|Claiborne]], [[Clarke County, Mississippi|Clarke]], [[Clay County, Mississippi|Clay]], [[Coahoma County, Mississippi|Coahoma]], [[Copiah County, Mississippi|Copiah]], [[DeSoto County, Mississippi|DeSoto]], [[Franklin County, Mississippi|Franklin]], [[Grenada County, Mississippi|Grenada]], [[Hinds County, Mississippi|Hinds]], [[Holmes County, Mississippi|Holmes]], [[Humphreys County, Mississippi|Humphreys]], [[Issaquena County, Mississippi|Issaquena]], [[Itawamba County, Mississippi|Itawamba]], [[Jasper County, Mississippi|Jasper]], [[Jefferson County, Mississippi|Jefferson]], [[Kemper County, Mississippi|Kemper]], [[Lafayette County, Mississippi|Lafayette]], [[Lauderdale County, Mississippi|Lauderdale]], [[Leake County, Mississippi|Leake]], [[Lee County, Mississippi|Lee]], [[Leflore County, Mississippi|Leflore]], [[Lincoln County, Mississippi|Lincoln]], [[Lowndes County, Mississippi|Lowndes]], [[Madison County, Mississippi|Madison]], [[Marshall County, Mississippi|Marshall]], [[Monroe County, Mississippi|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Mississippi|Montgomery]], [[Neshoba County, Mississippi|Neshoba]], [[Newton County, Mississippi|Newton]], [[Noxubee County, Mississippi|Noxubee]], [[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi|Oktibbeha]], [[Panola County, Mississippi|Panola]], [[Pike County, Mississippi|Pike]], [[Pontotoc County, Mississippi|Pontotoc]], [[Prentiss County, Mississippi|Prentiss]], [[Quitman County, Mississippi|Quitman]], [[Rankin County, Mississippi|Rankin]], [[Scott County, Mississippi|Scott]], [[Sharkey County, Mississippi|Sharkey]], [[Simpson County, Mississippi|Simpson]], [[Smith County, Mississippi|Smith]], [[Sunflower County, Mississippi|Sunflower]], [[Tallahatchie County, Mississippi|Tallahatchie]], [[Tate County, Mississippi|Tate]], [[Tippah County, Mississippi|Tippah]], [[Tishomingo County, Mississippi|Tishomingo]], [[Tunica County, Mississippi|Tunica]], [[Union County, Mississippi|Union]], [[Warren County, Mississippi|Warren]], [[Washington County, Mississippi|Washington]], [[Webster County, Mississippi|Webster]], [[Wilkinson County, Mississippi|Wilkinson]], [[Winston County, Mississippi|Winston]], [[Yalobusha County, Mississippi|Yalobusha]] and [[Yazoo County, Mississippi|Yazoo]].<ref name="rome"/>
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Mississippi  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Mississippi were the Baptist and the Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist) churches.[1] The Family History Library has a few original church records for Mississippi, including some Baptist and Presbyterian documents. However, the records of these major denominations seldom include birth, marriage, and death dates.

Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Contents

Baptist

Mississippi Baptist Historical Collection
Mississippi College Library
200 S. Capitol Street
Clinton, MS 39060
Phone: (601) 925-3000

The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
901 Commerce Street #400
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Phone (615) 244-0344
Fax (615) 782-4821

Histories of the Baptists include:

An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state:[2]

  • The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America. Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at Google Books.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Mississippi Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Methodist

J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism
Millsaps-Wilson Library
Millsaps College
1701 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39210
Phone: (601) 974-1073
Fax: (601) 974-1082

Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church
36 Madison Avenue
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (201) 408-3590
Fax: (201) 408-3909

A helpful history is:

  • Lindsey, J. Allen. Methodism in the Mississippi Conference. Jackson, Miss.: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1964. FHL Book 976.2 K2L.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Biloxi
1790 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532
Phone: (228) 702-2100

The diocese includes the counties of: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, Walthall and Wayne.[3]

Diocese of Jackson
237 East Amite
P.O. Box 2248
Jackson, MS 39225
Phone: (601) 969-1880

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Bolivar, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, DeSoto, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jasper, Jefferson, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo.[3]

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.