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Mississippi Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Mississippi State Vital Records Office

Vital Records, State Dept of Health
2423 North State Street
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215
(601) 576-7960
Fax: (601) 576-7505

Personal checks accepted from in-state requests only. Make bank or postal money order payable to Mississippi State Department of Health.  Mississippi State Database
A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!!


Birth (long)  $12.00  Since 1912

A full copy of the original certificate that contains all information most commonly used for Passports and travel

Birth (short)  $7.00  Since 1912

Abstract or computer generated copy with name, date, place, and state file #

Application Forms:

  • pdf version (Adobe Acrobat® Reader required) – 20K


Death  $10.00  Since 1912

Application Forms:


Marriage $10.00  Jan 1926 – July 1, 1938 – Jan 1942 – present

Application Form:

If the records are not available at the State office, they should be available from the Circuit Clerk in the county where the license was issued.


Divorce  $6.00  Since Jan 1926

Index search for each 5-year increment. Certified copies are not available from the State office.

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