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This entry was originally written by Kathleen Stanton Hutchison for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Microfilm and original copies of a large, although incomplete, collection of Mississippi county records are in the collection held by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Microfilm copies are also generally available through the FHL. Researchers will still want to consult county courthouses for those materials that have either not been transferred or microfilmed, including—but not limited to—marriage licenses, probate files, court records, etc.

In 1798 when Mississippi became a territory, Adams, Pickering, and Washington counties were organized. Pickering was renamed Jefferson in 1802. As new counties were formed in the territory, some counties in both Alabama and Mississippi duplicated names from territorial days. For a visual representation of this county formation problem, see William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790–1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987).

Dates in the chart that follows indicate those materials jointly held by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the FHL. Known record losses from fires and other causes are indicated. Deeds, probate records, and marriages may be found at the chancery clerk at the county courthouse. Microfilmed marriage books for both whites and African Americans (see Mississippi Vital Records) are indicated, in that order, under “Marriages.” Court records may be found in the appropriate clerk’s office at the courthouse. Updated listing of contact information for county chancery clerks can be found at www.mslawyer.com/mssc/chanclk.html.

Many sources for Mississippi research are available online and are increasing in quantity through the state’s USGenWeb project (www.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/ms/msfiles.htm).


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
H2 Adams Natchez 39120-1008 1799 Natchez District——1802/1866——178018001781*
*Some early records are Spanish.
A7 Alcorn Corinth 38834-0069 1870 Tippah/Tishomingo——1876/1871——1870?1881
Record loss, 1917.
J3 Amite Liberty 39645-0680 1809 Wilkinson——1809/1866181018091809
D5 Attala 230 W. Washington St., Kosciusko 39090 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1892/1892——185818581858
Bainbridge (renamed Covington)Lawrence/Wayne
A6 Benton Ashland 38603-0218 1870 Marshall/Tippah——1870/1909——18701871?
B3 Bolivar Rosedale 38769-0698 and Cleveland 38732 1836 Choctaw cession, 1830——1866——18361861?1836
B6 Calhoun Pittsboro 38951-0008 1852 Lafayette/Yalobusha——?——???
D5 Carroll 1 Pinson Sq., Carrollton 38917 and Vaiden 39176 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1834/1915——183418341834
B6 Chickasaw 101 N. Jefferson St., Houston 38851 and Okalona 38860 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1863/1863——183618631863
Record loss, 1863.
D6 Choctaw Ackerman 39765-0250 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1881/1881——188018791881
G2 Claiborne 410 Main St., Port Gibson 39150 1802 Jefferson——1802/1805——180218021805
G7 Clarke Quitman 39335-0616 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1853/1865——183418371867?
C7 Clay West Point 39773-0815 1871 (as Colfax; renamed 1876)Chickasaw/Lowndes/Oktibbeha——1872——187218721872
B3 Coahoma 5 First St./P.O. Box 579, Clarksdale 38614 and Friars Point 38631 1836 Choctaw cession, 1830——1849/1849——18391856??
Colfax 1871 (renamed Clay, 1876) Chickasaw/Lowndes/Oktibbeha
G3 Copiah Hazlehurst 39083-0551 1823 Choctaw cession, 1820——1823——182318231856?
H5 Covington Collins 39428-1679 1819 (as Bainbridge; renamed) Lawrence/Wayne——1904/1904——185318541857
Record loss, 1904.
A4 DeSoto 2535 Hwy. 51 S, Hernando 38632 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1845/1866——183618361854
Record loss, 1940.
J6 Forrest Hattiesburg 39401-1310 1906 Perry——1906——19061906?
H2 Franklin Meadville 39653-0297 1809 Adams——1825/18251842*18421836
Record loss, 1877.
K7 George 355 Cox St., Lucedale 39452 1910 Greene/Jackson——1910/1910——191019101910
J7 Greene Leakesville 39451-0460 1811 Amite/Franklin/Wayne——1874/1910——187618781898
Record loss, 1875.
C5 Grenada Grenada 38520-1280 1870 Carroll/Yalobuska/Choctaw/Tallahatchie——1870/1880——1834*18701870
*Earlier records from parent counties are included.
K5 Hancock P.O. Box 429, Bay St. Louis 39520 1812 Mobile District——1853——185318531853
Record loss, 1853.
H6 Harrison P.O. Box CC, Gulfport 39501 1841 Hancock/Jackson/Perry——1841/1907——18411853?
Record loss, 1916.
F3 Hinds Raymond 39154-0686 and Jackson 39201 1821 Choctaw cession, 1820——1870/1871——187018231854*
*Index and partial records begin 1854 with fragments earlier.
D4 Holmes Lexington 39095-0239 1833 Yazoo——1884——18331833?
D3 Humphreys Belzoni 39038-0547 1918 Holmes/Washington/Yazoo/Sunflower——1918?——1918?1918?1918?
E2 Issaquena Mayersville 39113-0027 1844 Washington——1866——184318491849
B8 Itawamba Fulton 38843-0776 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1837——183618541854
K7 Jackson Pascagoula 39567-0998 1812 Mobile District——1875——187518741875
Record loss, 1875.
G6 Jasper Paulding 39348-1047 and Bay Springs 39422 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1906/19061904*1904*
*Indexes available for earlier dates. Record loss, 1932.
H2 Jefferson Fayette 39069-0145 1799 (as Pickering; renamed 1802)Natchez District——1805/1869——179818051802
Record loss, 1904.
H5 Jefferson Davis Prentiss 39474-1137 1906 Covington/Lawrence——1906/1906——190619061906
H6 Jones Ellisville 39437-1468 and Laurel 39440 1826 Covington/Wayne——1882/1888——182818941857
Record loss.
E7 Kemper DeKalb 39328-0188 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1912/1912——188118811881
Record loss, 1882.
A5 Lafayette Oxford 38655-1240 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1850/1876——183618361836
J5 Lamar Purvis 39475-1240 1904 Marion/Pearl River——1903——1836*1901?
*Includes former Marion County records. Record loss, 1934.
F7 Lauderdale Meridian 39301-1587 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1839/1870——183718491856
H4 Lawrence Monticello 39654-1160 1814 Marion——1818/1910——181518361815
Record loss.
E5 Leake Carthage 39051-0072 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1836——183418521844
B7 Lee Tupelo 38801-1785 1866 Itawamba/Pontotoc——1867/1867——186718671867
C4 Leflore Greenwood 38930-0250 1871 Carroll/Sunflower/Tallahatchie——1844/1894——1837*1845*?
*Includes records from parent counties.
H3 Lincoln Brookhaven 39601-555 1870 Franklin/Lawrence/Copiah/Pike/Amite——1893/1893——18941893?
D7 Lowndes Columbus 39701-1364 1830 Monroe——1830/1881——183018301837
F4 Madison Canton 39046-0404 1828 Yazoo——1830——182818281828
J5 Marion 215 Broad St., Columbia 39429 1811 Amite/Wayne/Franklin——1812/1908——1821?18121812
A5 Marshall Holly Springs 38635-0219 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1836——1856*18361839
*Two early deed books missing.
B7 Monroe Aberdeen 39730-0578 1821 Chickasaw cession, 1816——1821——182118251825
C5 Montgomery Winona 38967-0071 1871 Carroll/Choctaw——1891/1901——187118721872
Record loss, 1903.
E6 Neshoba 401 Beacon St., Philadelphia 39350 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1877/1895——183518371859
F6 Newton Decatur 39327-0068 1836 Neshoba——1872/1876——187618761876
Record loss, 1877 and 1910
D7 Noxubee Macon 39341-0147 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1834/1834——183418341834
D7 Oktibbeha 101 E. Main St., Starkville 39759 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1861/1861——183418801836
Record loss, 1880.
A4 Panola 151 Public Sq., Sardis 38666 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1871/1884——183618451836
Record loss, 1886.
K5 Pearl River Poplarville 39470-0569 1890 Hancock/Marion——1890/1909——189018991890
J6 Perry New Augusta 39462-0198 1820 Greene——1877/1892——18621889?
Record loss, 1877.
Pickering 1799 (renamed Jefferson, 1802) Natchez District
J4 Pike 218 E. Bay St., Magnolia 39652 1815 Marion——1882/1882——188218821882
Record loss, 1882.
B6 Pontotoc Pontotoc 38863-0209 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1849/1880——183618361872?
A7 Prentiss Booneville 38829-0477 1870 Tishomingo——1870——1836*18701872
*Earlier deeds from parent county. Record loss, 1912.
B4 Quitman 230 Chestnut St., Marks 38646 1877 Panola/Coahoma/Tunic/Tallahatchie——1877/1877——187718781878
F4 Rankin 305 Government St., Brandon 39042 1828 Hinds——1828——182418281819
F5 Scott Forest 39074-0630 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1872/1865——183518351867?
E3 Sharkey Rolling Fork 39159-0218 1876 Washington/Issaquena——1876——187618771877
G4 Simpson Mendenhall 38114-0637 1824 Choctaw cession, 1820——1872/1872——1872*18721872
*Plat (Tract) book from 1832. Record loss, 1840, 1872.
G5 Smith Raleigh 39153-0160 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1912——18921893?
Record loss, 1892, 1915.
K6 Stone Wiggins 39577-0007 1917 Harrison——?——1917?1917?1917?
Records not on microfilm.
Sumner 1874 (renamed Webster, 1882)Montgomery/Choctaw
C3 Sunflower Indianola 38751-0998 1844 Bolivar/Washington——1871/1871——1817*18841844
*Record loss, 1870.
B4 Tallahatchie Charleston 38921-0350 and Sumner 38957 1830 Choctaw cession, 1830——1856/1880——183518341841
Record loss at Sumner, 1908.
A4 Tate 201 S. Ward St., Senatobia 38668 1873 Marshall/Tunica/DeSoto——1873/1873——1873*18731873
*Transcripts from parent counties available.
A6 Tippah Ripley 38663-0099 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1858/1888——183618551849
Record loss, 1863.
A8 Tishomingo 1008 Battleground Dr., Iuka 38852 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1842/1866——183618361856
A4 Tunica Tunica 38676-0639 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832——1858——183618391839
A6 Union New Albany 38652-0847 1836 Pontotoc/Tippah——1878/1892——1872??
School Commissioner Minutes 1846—59. Record loss, 1882.
J4 Walthall Tylertown 39667-0351 1914 Marion/Pike——1914/1914——191319131913
F3 Warren Vicksburg 39180-0351 1809 Natchez District——1846/1860——181018101810
D2 Washington Greenville 38701-0309 1827 Warren/Yazoo——1891/1858——18281839?
H7 Wayne 609 Azalea Dr., Waynesboro 39367 1809 Washington——1881——?1879?
Record loss, 1892.
C6 Webster Walthall 39771-0398 1874 (as Sumner; renamed 1882)Montgomery/Choctaw——1874/1909——187318741879
J1 Wilkinson Woodville 39669-1284 1802 Adams——1804/1823——180318081822
D6 Winston Louisville 39339-0069 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1834/1908——183518341856
B5 Yalobusha Water Valley 38965-0664 and Coffeeville 38922 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830——1847/1866——183418341834
E4 Yazoo Yazoo City 39194-1106 1823 Choctaw cession, 1820——1845——182418341867?
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