Genealogy, because it involves local history, is an extension of the Mississippiana Collection. There is an open browsing collection of family histories, local record transcriptions and histories, and other useful volumes for tracing family history. It is strongest in Mississippi materials, but it includes materials on all of the migration-path states (Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) as well as a few items from other states and foreign countries. There is a growing genealogy index of books, microforms and periodical articles listed by surname or locality to help research.
Special Collections also hosts the E. O. Templeton History and Genealogy Fair, an annual event featuring a variety of sessions, workshops, and research opportunities for history and genealogy enthusiasts. Named in memory of E. O. Templeton and his dedicated support of genealogy and history, the Fair includes hands-on research help from librarians and archivists, preservation information, and tours of MSU Libraries' museums, exhibits, and genealogical resources.