Enter a name to search for Mississippi birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Mississippi birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Mississippi birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Mississippi birth records, Mississippi birth ceritificates, Mississippi birth notices, Mississippi birth indexes, and other related Mississippi genealogy records.
Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Mississippi. We also suggest searching for "Mississippi birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Mississippi Birth Certificates
By law, the state of Mississippi was not required to keep birth or death certificates until 1 November 1912. Birth and death records since that time have been kept by the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records from 1926–1938 and from 1942 on are also housed there. There is a statewide marriage index available, organized by name of groom, for the years prior to 1926.
For birth and death records from 1 November 1912 and marriage records from 1926–1938, and from 1941, write:
State office has records since 1912. Cost for the long form is $12.00, while the short form is $7.00. Full copies of birth certificates obtained within 1 year after the event are $7.00. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $3.00 each for birth; $2.00 each for death and marriage. For out-of-State requests only bank or postal money order or bank cashier's check are accepted and should be made payable to Mississippi State Department of Health. Personal checks are accepted only for in-State requests. If drawn on a Mississippi bank. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (601) 576-7981. A recorded message may be reached on (601) 576-7450. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.ms.gov.
For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.
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