Reclaim The Records publishes the Mississippi state death index (1912-1943) for free public use


Reclaim The Records is excited to introduce the first-ever freely-available publication, online or otherwise, of the Mississippi Statewide Death Index! This record set covers deaths in the state of Mississippi from about November 1912 (although a few counties were slow to join in) through 1943.

Up until, oh, right now, the only place anyone could see or use this index was by visiting the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi in person, then tediously cranking through the faded and scratched microfilm rolls, or shuffling around microfiche sheets for some of the years. But now it's all scanned and online and free to use from your own home, without restrictions or copyrights, forever!

And we at Reclaim The Records couldn't have done this without teamwork: a dedicated young genealogist named Christopher Smothers who knew about the records and about his rights and reached out to us for help; two generous genealogy non-profits that helped us digitize and host these new materials; and a pool of awesome supporters and donors that enabled our work on this project.

To learn more about the Mississippi state death index, how we got it, and to get the direct link right to the new images, please read our latest newsletter:

Happy searching!

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California