Special resources await black families researching ancestry at Pascagoula public library

Researching black family history presents special challenges, and in response, the Pascagoula Public Library’s Local Genealogy and History Department continues to grow its specialized collection for black genealogists and family researchers.

It offers reference books, guides, databases and websites. Public-use computers are available for online work.

The library’s subscription to Ancestry.com and other databases gives patrons free access. They include Slave Narratives taken during the Federal Writers Project funded by the Works Projects Administration; Louisiana Slave Records, 1719-1820; Louisiana Freed Slave Records, 1719-1820; African-American Photo Collection, 1850-2000; Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records, 1720-1865 from the Illinois State Archives; Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Black Deaths 1871-89; Selected African-Americans in Delaware, 1890 U.S. Census, and Louis Hughes, Thirty Years a Slave, 1832-62. Read more