Reclaim the Records Publishes the Mississippi Death Index (1912-1943)

The following is a brief extract from the Reclaim the Records web site at:

Introducing 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. This record set was originally compiled by the Works Project Administration (WPA), as part of their incredibly important Historical Records Survey group.

Image of the Mississippi Death Index

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 genealogist 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. (This is you!)

You can read the full announcement, including information on how to access the Mississippi records, on the Reclaim the Records web site at:

You probably will find even more interesting articles by starting at the home page of the same web site:


Thanks to the genealogist and “Reclaim the Records” for all of their work in obtaining these important Mississippi Death indexes for us. These indexes are a tremendous help in our genealogical research. Also, I am grateful that the WPA compiled these records many years ago.


Tihs is all well and good but but the Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1968 are available on-line, and have been for some time, at


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