The following is a listing of general online search tools to locate legal and other documents useful in genealogical research.
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**www.ancestry.com This is a genealogy web site which our library has a subscription. It contains actual portraits of original documents, pictures of actual U.S. Federal Census records, draft records and various city directories.
**www.genealogybank.com This is an excellent search tool to access actual copies of old newspaper articles throughout the USA. It also includes the Social Security Death Index, recent obituaries, and some historical documents.
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/index.jsp A US government site from the National Archives; includes indexing for military personnel, passenger lists, and prisoners of war.
https://www.biloxi.ms.us/katrina-biloxi/ This is a picture gallery – City of Biloxi.
https://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s digital online collection. It includes the Cooper Postcard Collection, Hurricane Camille pictures, and documents and pictures from the Jefferson Davis files.
https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1 This is the VA national gravesite locator. Servicemen as well as their wives are also listed.
https://www.mississippihistory.org/publications The Mississippi Historical Society’s online publications; includes links to the Journal of Mississippi History articles, searchable index, and some pictures.
https://www.bradfordokeefe.com/ Links to the Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home obituaries.
https://www.findagrave.com This is the search engine to locate interments and cemeteries.
https://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com An excellent website hosted by the Hancock County Historical Society.
https://www.msarchaeology.org/maa/internetarch.html A link to the Historic Text Archives from the Mississippi Archaeological Association; includes whole books.
https://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/camille The Mississippi Department of Archives and History Hurricane Camille photos.
https://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/educablechildren A list of school age children in Mississippi as submitted to the Mississippi Secretary of State and Department of Education from 1850-1965.
https://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/?tfp_display=map&tfp_region=USA&tfp_sort_by=state Access to front pages of newspapers; includes archived dates.
https://www.grsno.org/genesis.htm Link to the New Orleans Genesis Publication; includes search engine.
https://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laterreb/tgs/charts1/ Access to family charts provided by the Terrebonne Genealogical Society.
www.co.harrison.ms.us The County website which has clickable links to marriages and land records.
https://familysearch.org/ A search engine sponsored by the Church of the Latter Day Saints who have collected vital statistics throughout the world.
www.google.com Search for pictures, paintings, maps, and drawings with the “images” link.
www.legacy.com Site includes guest books for funeral notices within a year of death, unless a paid subscription extends that time further.
www.nps.gov The National Park Service web site; includes links to history sites and learning activities for history, science, nature and culture.
www.rootsweb.com Provides genealogy search for general indexes; a subscription is not needed and therefore can be accessed from any computer.
www.sunherald.com Local newspaper site; includes index to articles dating back to 1994. Use the advanced search tool to obtain results.
https://www.odmp.org Links to police officers who died in the line of duty throughout the U.S. from 1791 to the present.
https://neworleanspubliclibrary.org/obits/obits.htm Updated version which lists obituaries through the Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Public Library, 1804-1972.
https://coast.noaa.gov/hes/docs/postStorm/H_CAMILLE.pdf?redirect=301ocm A Pdf link to online the Corps of Engineers report of Hurricane Camille.
https://www.gulfport-ms.gov/census.shtml (Gulfport census data)
https://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu Search Historical Census (1790-1960) through the University of Virginia.
https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/mississippi.html (Online Maps)
https://1940census.archives.gov/ Link to the recently released 1940 census through the National Archives website.
https://historicaerials.com/ Site offers both aerial and topographical maps of various locations which are searchable by location, landmark, address, etc.
https://sp.mdot.ms.gov/Office%20of%20Highways/Planning/Maps/State%20Highway%20Maps%20Archive/Forms/AllItems.aspx Collection of historical highway maps from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
https://www.mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/ Mississippi Department of Archives and History links to digital image collections.
https://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/cooper/ The Cooper Postcard Collection which consists of 4600 postcards including images from 82 Mississippi counties as well as images from Illinois, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/106580041268/?fref=ts Link to a Facebook page entitled Gone But Not Forgotten on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This page has many uploaded images of the coast throughout the years.
https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Mississippi-Code.aspx Index to a portion of the Mississippi Code of 1972