The Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library houses an extensive genealogy (family history) collection. It contains a broad collection of genealogy books for most of the Southern states, along with an excellent family history collection.

Research your family tree with our extensive collection of Genealogy material. You will be able to access these sites: National Genealogical Society, Genealogy Bank, News Bank, and Fold3. We have microfilm with past issues of the newspapers and other items.

Please email if you have any questions or you may also call Lawson at 601.553.2459 for assistance.

Researchers are requested to sign in at the reference desk before using the collection.

National Genealogical Society

Have you been thinking about beginning your search for your family history?  Do you want to build your skills and expertise? The National Genealogical Society (frequently referred to as NGS) is here to help individuals learn about their family history.  We are a non-profit organization headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.  For 120 years, we have been the leader in teaching genealogical research skills and providing a pathway to scholarly work. Ready to get started?  Look at our skill-building boxes on the homepage for advice and tips, or go to our learning center to enroll in an online course, check out our books and publications, register for a research trip, or come to our annual conference.


Discover Your Family Story in Newspapers 1690–Today. Find Facts and Untold Stories.


HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before.

Fold3® features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records. Please contact our Reference Desk staff at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library for assistance in accessing this database remotely.

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