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Summer 2004
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 4   No. 2


Oral Histories

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has a renowned collection of oral histories relating to the Mississippi's history. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to, agriculture, business and industry, turn-of-the-century Mississippi, World War II, Hurricane Camille, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and the Civil Rights Movement. The website includes a list of available interviews, plus a list of transcripts available from the Center's Civil Rights Documentation Archive. The Center also offers a two-CD recording of an award-winning Mississippi Public Radio series of oral histories called "Mississippi Voices", available for $18.

 Genealogical Information in Newspapers

Newspapers can uncover much family information. It helps if someone has spent some time abstracting information from newspapers in your geographic area of interest. The St. Louis Public Library’s collection includes a number of books that abstract information from Mississippi newspapers:

1. Mississippi Genealogical Society. Newspaper Notices of Mississippians, 1820-1860. Jackson, MS: Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1960. HG-929.3762

2. Ragland, Mary L. S. Spreading the Word: Mississippi Newspaper Abstracts of Genealogical Interest, 1825-1935. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991. HG-929.3762

3. Wiltshire, Betty Crouch. Marriages and Deaths from Mississippi Newspapers. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1987, 4 Vols. HG-929.3762

Includes abstracts covering 1801-1863.

Check the Mississippi Department of Archives and History section in the "Site-Seeing" column for information about that institution's large Mississippi newspaper collection.

gfhfilered.gif (3696 bytes)Vital Records
State Department of Vital Records
571 Stadium Drive
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: 601-576-7505.

The State Department of Vital Records maintains birth, death, and marriage records, 1912-present, and divorce records, 1926-present. A copy of a birth record, long form, is $12, short form, $7; death record, $10. They cannot make certified copies of divorce records; contact the county in which the divorce took place. This website provides a link to the State Department of Vital Records and to all Mississippi county courthouse web pages.

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