Gulf South Region: Resources

We are happy that you are considering becoming accredited in the Gulf-South region. The Gulf-South states consist of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This resource page contains a list of important record types that you should be familiar with before applying for accreditation. It also contains links to important record collections, resources, and repositories that will be helpful to you as you prepare for the Gulf-South exam. It will provide a starting point for you as you learn what is available to Gulf-South researchers.

Although this list is not comprehensive, it will provide a starting point for you as you learn what is available to Gulf South researchers. If you would like to contribute additional resources to this page, please contact the moderator: Tristan L. Tolman, AG.

IMPORTANT RECORD TYPES

Gulf-South researchers should have a good working knowledge of many important record types, including (but not limited to) those listed below. Gain experience using these records. Learn to recognize them by sight, become familiar with their content, and know how to use them in genealogical research. Understand the unique aspects and differences of these records in the Gulf-South region from other regions of the United States.

Record Types You Must Know Very Well

Cemetery records
Census records (federal, state, and special censuses)
Church records (baptism or christening, marriage, burial, membership)
Land and property records
Military records
Naturalization records
Probate records
Tax records
Vital records (birth, marriage, death)

Record Types with Which You Should Have a Good Working Knowledge

Directories
Family histories and biographies
Immigration and migration records
Local and county histories
Maps, gazetteers, and historical geography
Obituaries
Town records
Periodicals

Record Types with Which You Should Have Some Familiarity

Adoption records
Bible records
Business/commerce records
Court records
Ethnic, minority, and native races records
Funeral home records
Guardianship records
Manuscript collections
Newspapers
Voting records

ONLINE RECORDS AND RESOURCES: ALL U.S. REGIONS

Free sites:

Fee sites:

  • Ancestry.com $ Search indexes and images by person’s name, by record type, or by specific locality
  • Fold3.com $ Search indexes and images by person’s name, by historical era, or by collection
  • World Vital Records $ Search indexes and images by person’s name or by collection
  • Godfrey Memorial Library Some records are free without a subscription
The following websites provide major records important to U.S. research:

Land

  • General Land Office Records Index to patents (original title from the government) issued for homesteads, land grants, pre-emption claims, and cash sales for the federal land states
  • Public Records Search maps, photos and documents by property description or address within each county

Cemeteries

OTHER

  • ICAPGen’s Mentoring Classes
  • Clifford, Karen. Becoming an Accredited Genealogist. Revised edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1998.
  • FamilySearch.org’s “Learn” tab offers:
  • Brigham Young University’s Online Genealogy Tutorial
  • Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
  • In order to pass a U.S. regional exam, you will be expected to accurately transcribe documents of genealogical significance. The FamilySearch Wiki “United States Handwriting” page provides a list of resources and other online links for understanding early American handwriting
  • STATE-SPECIFIC WEBSITES

    Alabama

    Arkansas

    Florida

    Georgia

    Mississippi

    Texas


    FAMILYSEARCH RESEARCH HELPS

  • FamilySearch [Click on the beginning letter of desired state to find it on the list.]
  • FamilySearch Research Wiki
  • African American Research Wiki

  • GULF-SOUTH PRINTED REFERENCES

    Arphax Heritage Books (e.g. Boyd, Gregory A. and Vicki Boyd. Family Maps of Leake County, Mississippi…. Norman, Oklahoma : Arphax Pub. Co., 2005.), available for all Gulf South states, except Georgia, but not all counties are yet represented.

    Hait, Michael, compiler. Online State Resources for Genealogy. 2011. This e-book, available as a paid download from www.lulu.com, is a directory for a variety of online records by government agencies, societies, and libraries.


    GULF-SOUTH REPOSITORIES & LIBRARIES

  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Its Regional Centers that house collections specific to the Gulf South:
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