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Genealogical Collection:
A Research Guide

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The Evans Memorial Library’s Genealogical Collection: A Research Guide

The Evans Genealogical Collection began with the research of Dr. W. A. Evans on his families and other families of Monroe County and the majority of our holdings reflect its beginnings. Miss Lucille Peacock continued the development of the Genealogical Collection, which now attracts visitors from all of the fifty states.

For persons wishing to conduct research in Monroe County, Mississippi, listed below are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

Mississippi Law did not require Birth and Death Records to be kept until November 1, 1912. Copies of these records may be requested from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, Mississippi 39205

The Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Monroe County Court House is the site for all Monroe County Marriage Records, Jury Lists and Tax Records. Contact them at 301 South Chestnut, Aberdeen, MS 39730 662-369-8695

All Divorces, Deeds, and Wills are housed in the Chancery Clerk’s Office, 201 West Commerce Street, Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730, 662-369-8143

The following records are available in the Evans Memorial Library’s Genealogical Collection

  • Monroe County Cemetery Records through 1938, compiled by Dr. W.A. Evans and Dr. J.L. Shell
  • Index to Monroe County Marriage Records, 1821-1825 and 1834-1921
  • A History of Monroe County by the Monroe County Book Committee
  • Monroe County Census indices for 1850, 1860, 1880
  • Census Film for Monroe County, Mississippi 1820 – 1930.
  • Digital and Printed Index to the F. S. McKnight Photographic Collection 1894-1930
  • Over 1600 surname files and over 500 published family histories are available for use by researchers.