The Mississippi Room is located at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland houses the Bolivar County Library System’s local history and genealogy collections. The Mississippi Room is equipped with both a microfilm machine with print capabilities and a public access computer with Internet access available for patrons performing research. The Reference Services Librarian will search for obituaries when the month and year of death is known, but other research by staff for genealogical or local history is very limited.
All print materials in the Mississippi Room are searchable on the online catalog. Among the Mississippi Room materials available for use are Bolivar County newspapers on microfilm, including The Bolivar Commercial (scattered issues from 1915-1926 and continuous from May 1934 through to March 30, 2005) and Cleveland Enterprise (scattered issues 1901-1945). See Microfilm Holdings for a complete list of newspapers and available editions. Also available for use on microfilm are marriage records, deeds, tax rolls, and titles. See Other Microfilm Documents for a complete listing. Additionally, there are many unbound documents of genealogical and historical significance to Bolivar County available for use in the Vertical Files; see the Vertical Files Index for a listing of subject headings.
The Library System is pleased to offer two Proquest genealogical databases for those interested in genealogical research: AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest. These databases may be accessed from all library computers at the main library and branches. For the convenience of genealogical researchers, the computer in the Mississippi Room is reserved for genealogical research. To access HeritageQuest Online from home, go to HeritageQuest Online Home Access and enter your library card number without the spaces.
There are also two great websites for local genealogical and historical information that feature Bolivar County. They are Bolivar County Mississippi GenWeb and Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network.
Contact the Reference Services Librarian at (662) 843-2774 x104 or by email at email@example.com if you are looking for an obituary or genealogical/historical information, or if you have questions regarding this service.
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