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Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission: Genealogy

Genealogy

The staff at MBHC is happy to assist you with genealogical research.  However, we cannot perform extensive searches.  Our resources are available to everyone who would like to come in and use them.  We will do our best to help you get started with your research.  If you already know which materials you will need or are looking for, we suggest that you call first to make sure we have those materials/records in our office.  Churches decide on an individual basis whether or not they want their records housed in our collection.

Reference requests are accepted through e-mail, mail, and telephone.  However, patrons who are able to visit the MBHC will be given priority. 

 

What We Have & Don't Have

What We Have and Do Not Have

  • We have church records from those churches that chose to house their records here.
  • We have the yearly minutes of most Baptist associations.
  • We have copies of The Baptist Record.
  • We have Mississippi College annuals and catalogs.
  • We have copies of the MC Collegian.
  • We do not usually have cemetery records.
  • We do have materials dealing with churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, but not other denominations.

What We Have

We do our best to provide indexes for the materials that we do have.  Below are listings of our current indexes.

Additional Places to Search

If we don't have what you're looking for you might try out these other resources.

What We Can & Cannot Do

What We Can Do

For a fee of $10 per name, the Special Collections Librarian will perform a general search of a church’s records.  The fee will cover the search for one name and up to 5 photocopies. If more photocopies are required an additional charge of $5.00 will be added. The additional $5.00 will cover up to 25 additional photocopies.

Our collections are to be used under the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian or Assistant. 

What We Can Not Do

We are unable to perform extensive genealogical searches.

Due to the delicate nature of our materials, we are unable to loan materials to individuals or other libraries.

We cannot extend use of primary resources past normal hours, but use of secondary resources might be extended after meeting with the Special Collections Librarian.

Unfortunately, due to time and staff restrictions, we are unable to copy any church’s record book in its entirety. 

 

Appointments

Before visiting MBHC, please call the office at (601) 925-3434 to schedule an appointment or to make sure someone will be in the office at the time of your visit.

Baptist Record

J.B. Gambrell founded The Baptist Record in a Clinton residence in 1877.  The weekly journal of Mississippi Baptists is today the third-largest newspaper in the Southern Baptist Convention. With more than 100,000 subscribers, The Baptist Record is on a level with the largest secular publications in the state, and it reaches into the overwhelming majority of homes occupied by Mississippi Baptists.

The MBHC has made it a priority to help Mississippi Baptist access and use the Baptist Record.  We have all issues from 1877-present on microfilm and hard copies of the papers from 1898-present.  We also have an index of the newspaper going back to the first issue.  Unfortunately, our index cannot be accessed online, but you can contact our office and we will do all we can to help you find the article that you are looking for.

For more information on the Baptist Record visit their website at: http://www.mbcb.org/business_services/br/

Mississippi Baptist History Books Online

These are some of the first resources we check when looking up a person or church.