In celebration of National Archives Month, people are encouraged to trace their genealogy.
Local advocate Ruth Jones said she believes residents probably have knowledge of family members who have done something historically significant, but it has never been recorded anywhere.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson will be open late till 8 p.m. Oct. 23 to help patrons who are new to genealogy.
"We record our history, so that those people who come after us will be able to know what it is we did and can use that as some inspiration actually to go ahead and move forward," said advocate Ruth Jones.
If you are not able to visit the MDAH at 200 North Street, Jackson, reference staff members are able to answer many basic questions by telephone, 601-576-6876, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular library hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. to5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First-time visitors should bring a photo ID for their researcher card, which also serves as a debit card for the photocopy machines. Standard photocopies can be made for 20 cents per page, while staff-produced copies are 25 cents per page. Credit can be added to researcher cards in $1, $5, and $10 increments.