Welcome to the Mississippi Genealogy and History Network website. MSGHN is committed to providing a free, non-commercial environment for genealogy research on the Internet.
This MSGHN site provides information on two levels. First, through our statewide projects, we offer information of genealogy and historical importance to the state as a whole. Demographics like Native Americans, African Americans, and early settlers from many different eras are all under development here. In addition to links to our project sites, along the left column of this page you'll find some special links to help you with your research and, lastly, a link for our volunteers to access their information.
You will also find statewide resources like the counties map and the county table. Along the right column, you'll find a handy set of "How to.." perform some very specific tasks on the MSGHN site, including how to offer your services as an MSGHN volunteer.
However, our primary source of information is at the county level. Once you have placed your ancestor in one of the 82 active Mississippi counties or 6 discontinued counties, you can continue your research at the county level.
All of our county sites, along with our State and Project sites, are maintained by volunteers. Our volunteers lead normal productive lives outside of their MSGHN activities. They work at home or in their places of business, taking care of their families and accomplishing the many needful things that occur in the normal course of events. Nevertheless, they find the time to create and maintain these web sites. It is a labor of love and they are pleased if they can assist you in connecting with your ancestors.
You will find a diversity of styles among our websites. Some will have more information than others. Older counties, of course, have longer and more colorful histories than others. Other counties have simply kept better, more detailed records and been able to protective them more effectively from fire and natural disaster. In any event, our Directors strive to obtain and publish new information every month. You'll find all of our sites well organized and easy to access, but feel free to contact the County Directors if you have a question. Nearly all of our counties offer "lookups " to assist you.
In short, MSGHN and all of our volunteers welcome you and invite you to visit with us. We hope you find those for whom you seek.
"Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find."
(Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass)