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Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 5301
Jackson MS 39296

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The first publication for the MGS was at the request of then Director of the Department of Archives and History, Dr. William D. McCain, who asked that the Society index the Tax Rolls of Hinds County from 1821 to 1850. The next project was to copy genealogical material from the earliest Jackson, Mississippi newspapers on file at the Archives. This material appeared in serial form in the Journal of Mississippi History. It was later published in book form as Newspaper Notices of Mississipians 1820-1860.

Cemetery and Bible Records, Volume I, was published in 1954. For the most part, records in this volume were copied and compiled by Miss Frances Cook, a member, from gravestones and Bible records from original entries in the Bibles. Records in Volume I were primarily from Copiah County, Mississippi. Additional Cemetery and Bible Records were collected and assembled. As of 1999 twenty-four volumes have been published. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Leese compiled and completed the Index to these 24 volumes. For information on which of these publications are currently available, please see our contact information.

The Mississippi Genealogical Society also published A Survey of Mississippi Courthouses, a project spearheaded by Charles R. Ashford. Each of the 31 Society volunteers visited one or two courthouses personally surveying the availability and condition of records. Another book, Lineage Charts of Members, was published. The Society’s publications have been well received by librarians and genealogists across the country.