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The Singing River Genealogy and Local History Library is located on the second floor of the Pascagoula Public Library which is located in downtown Pascagoula. The library is easily reached from U.S. Highway 90 and Interstate 10.

Welcome to our library. Begun many years ago, the department has grown extensively during the past few years into a full-fledged library. Today, the collection continues to expand through increased purchases and donations and from the support of the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and its members.


Pascagoula Public Library 2nd Floor
3214 Pascagoula Street
Pascagoula, MS
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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NEW! Use Ancestry.com @ Your Library!
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While on a library computer or our Wi-Fi, access Ancestry Library Edition, a genealogical resource that includes:

Use our Library version of Ancestry.com on your next visit! Read more...

Singing River Genealogy and Local History Library

Let us assist you in your search for family, local, or regional information.

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Our Digital Archive is LIVE!

The ability to have Singing River Genealogy and Local History Library’s collections at your fingertips is here with their New Digital Archive! The Singing River Digital Archive provides access to collection long hidden from the public. Through item records and creative exhibits, patrons can experience these materials from their school or home through the world-wide access public website.

NEW!! from NewsBank/America’s News - Black Life in America!

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media 1704 through today. From the early days of slavery to modern times, people of African descent have had a profound impact on American history. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.

Black Life In America:  http://infoweb.newsbank.com/signin/JacksonGeorgeLibrary/AAHX
This collection covers many topical categories such as slavery and flights to freedom, voting rights and voter suppression and disenfranchisement, segregation and civil rights, prejudice and discrimination and activism and protest movements.

Here is a short video tutorial on what’s there and how to access:  https://www.newsbank.com/videos/learning-center/black-life-america-introduction

NEW!! HeritageQuest Online® resources is a comprehensive treasure.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. (Your Library card is required for home use.)

Collecting Stories of Quarantine: The Coronavirus Pandemic will be historically significant. Singing River Genealogy and Local History Library would like to preserve your thoughts and experiences about the pandemic for future research.
Record your memories and mail them to us. Creativity is welcome! We want your items in any form: essays, photos, emails, videos, audio recordings, artwork, journal entries, phone texts, and more.
You can submit materials in print or digital formats. If you choose to mail items such as flash drives or CDs, be sure to send them in appropriate packaging. NOTE: Keep a copy for your records - submissions will not be returned.
It only takes two easy steps to share your Coronavirus Pandemic memories:
1. Print out, complete, and sign a donation form: go to JGRLS.org/PDF/Deed_Gift_Form.pdf
2. Mail your submissions and your completed form to: SR Library, 3214 Pascagoula St., Pascagoula, MS 39567
For questions or additional information, contact (228) 769-3078.

America's News logo NEW! America's News: Access Local and National Newspapers on-line!
America's News: Explore local history with our new full-color digital archive of MS Press (2006-present), Sun Herald (1992-present), and The Mobile Press-Register (1992-present)! You can search this archive in the library or remotely using your Library Card. MS Press issues prior to 2006 are available on microfilm in the Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library.

About the library: The library houses approximately 5,000 volumes which include: Family histories, Guides to genealogical research, Census indices, City directories, Cemetery records, State and county histories, Death records, Land records and much more. The collection is especially strong in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana material. Mississippi material consists of county histories and records, including a complete 22 volume set of Mississippi Cemetery and Bible Records covering the entire state as well as marriage records of every Mississippi county.

The Library is partnering with the Jackson County Historical and Genealogy Society which meets at the library's meeting room each month. Visit their new web-site at www.jchgs-ms.org.


-- Read this article about Genealogical research on the Internet (click).
-- Read a book on how to do genealogy research.
-- Make notes on the names of parents, grandparents and other family members, including maiden names of wives, if known.
-- Know the towns and counties where these people lived and the approximate time period of their residence in these places.
-- To have a starting point, inquire about birth and death dates from family members and other sources.