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Research Guide for Genealogy Research

This guide provides a starting point for those interested in conducting genealogical research at University Libraries. While we are not able to assist with in-depth genealogical research, library personnel will be happy to assist patrons with searching the catalog and databases, operating equipment, and locating items in the library.

Please visit the Library Assistance desk in the Learning Commons (Cook Library, 1st floor) for help with Cook Library materials. 

Genealogy materials related to Mississippi (and not on microfilm) are considered part of the Mississippiana Collection and are located in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room on the 3rd floor of McCain Library.

How do I find genealogy resources?

The library catalog provides access to information about the Library's collection through keyword, author, title and subject.

Search the Libraries' Classic Catalog by keyword for your topic. Try terms like:

  • Walker family
  • Slave schedules
  • Land records
  • Indian claims
  • Passenger lists
  • Census
  • War records

You may also search the Libraries' Classic Catalog by subject for your topic using Library of Congress Subject Headings. If you are searching for states other than Mississippi, change the state to the one you are interested in.

  • Mississippi Genealogy
  • Amite County (Miss.) Genealogy
  • Cemeteries Mississippi
  • Mississippi History Civil War, 1861-1865 Registers
  • Registers of births Mississippi
  • Registers of births, etc. Mississippi Benton County
  • Marriage records Mississippi

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Library Hours and Contact Information

McCain Library & Archives hours: M-F / 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cook Library hours vary. Check the "hours" link for specific days and times.

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