Mississippi Births - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Mississippi Births


This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Mississippi Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources

  • 1850s-2000s: Mississippi Birth Collections at FamilySearch- (List of collections) Mississippi, Church Records, 1910-1919
    United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931




How to Request the Record When It's Not Online

Statewide registration for births in 1912. General compliance year is unknown.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article How to Find Mississippi Birth Records.

To order birth records after 1912, contact:

Mississippi State Department of Health
Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: (601) 206-8200
Website

NOTE: Birth certificates may only be ordered by the person on the certificate or close relative (see Restrictions for more details).




Substitute Records

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Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Death Records
Mississippi Death Guided Research
Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.
Cemetery Records
See Wiki page
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Census Records
U.S. Census FS Collections
Census records from 1850 onward give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
Newspapers
See Wiki page
In addition to obituaries, newspapers publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. In recent years, birth notices have also been published providing the names of the parents and sex of the child.
Obituaries
Mississippi Obituary FS Collections
Obituaries often include the birthdate and place of the deceased.
Military Records
Mississippi Military FS Collections
Post-Civil War records may include the date and place of birth.
Bible Records
See Wiki page
Family Bibles may include dates and places of birth for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.





Improve Searching

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Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search state. Search using the state name only instead of by county.





Why the Record may not Exist








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