MDAH Among Top Genealogy Websites in U.S. mmorris Mon, 11/30/2020 - 09:55

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s (MDAH) website was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine, a national family history publication.

“We are grateful for being included on this list,” said Ally Mellon, MDAH library services director. “We strive to connect people with genealogical resources pertaining to Mississippi both online and in person and are delighted others have found the page useful.”

MDAH has compiled a list of online resources for researchers interested in tracing their family history. Reference librarians provide quick answers to basic questions using available reference works and finding aids. Email your research questions to

Due to safety precautions for COVID-19, appointments are recommended for research in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Available appointment times are Monday–Friday at 9–11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., and 2–4 p.m.  Call 601-576-6837 to schedule your time. Patrons without an appointment will be accommodated as space allows.

Appointment times for Saturdays will be 8:15–10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

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. For more information email

Advanced Genealogy: Tracing Your African American Ancestors therron Tue, 10/27/2020 - 14:31

Having challenges with researching your African American ancestors? MDAH Curator of Research and Genealogy Joyce Dixon-Lawson will lead an online workshop using the probate records, deed records, Census records, and personal diaries of former slave owners available at MDAH. Dixon-Lawson will also answer questions and offer tips to help participants negotiate slavery's legacy to find their ancestors. Registration is $10 per person.

Intermediate Genealogy: Where Did My Ancestors Go? therron Mon, 08/31/2020 - 16:18

Are you interested in learning how to trace your family tree? Join us on Saturday, September 12, at 9:30 a.m. for a virtual workshop led by MDAH curator of research and genealogy Joyce Dixon-Lawson. This edition will focus on how to use less common resources such as state census records, educable school children records, and migration patterns for genealogical research. Tickets are $10 per person.


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