Mississippi County Resources

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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 —— 1780 1800 1781*
*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 —— 1809/1866 1810 1809 1809
D5 Attala 230 W. Washington St., Kosciusko 39090 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1892/1892 —— 1858 1858 1858
Bainbridge (renamed Covington)Lawrence/Wayne
A6 Benton Ashland 38603-0218 1870 Marshall/Tippah —— 1870/1909 —— 1870 1871 ?
B3 Bolivar Rosedale 38769-0698 and Cleveland 38732 1836 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1866 —— 1836 1861? 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 —— 1834 1834 1834
B6 Chickasaw 101 N. Jefferson St., Houston 38851 and Okalona 38860 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1863/1863 —— 1836 1863 1863
Record loss, 1863.
D6 Choctaw Ackerman 39765-0250 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1881/1881 —— 1880 1879 1881
G2 Claiborne 410 Main St., Port Gibson 39150 1802 Jefferson —— 1802/1805 —— 1802 1802 1805
G7 Clarke Quitman 39335-0616 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1853/1865 —— 1834 1837 1867?
C7 Clay West Point 39773-0815 1871 (as Colfax; renamed 1876)Chickasaw/Lowndes/Oktibbeha —— 1872 —— 1872 1872 1872
B3 Coahoma 5 First St./P.O. Box 579, Clarksdale 38614 and Friars Point 38631 1836 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1849/1849 —— 1839 1856? ?
Colfax 1871 (renamed Clay, 1876) Chickasaw/Lowndes/Oktibbeha
G3 Copiah Hazlehurst 39083-0551 1823 Choctaw cession, 1820 —— 1823 —— 1823 1823 1856?
H5 Covington Collins 39428-1679 1819 (as Bainbridge; renamed) Lawrence/Wayne —— 1904/1904 —— 1853 1854 1857
Record loss, 1904.
A4 DeSoto 2535 Hwy. 51 S, Hernando 38632 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1845/1866 —— 1836 1836 1854
Record loss, 1940.
J6 Forrest Hattiesburg 39401-1310 1906 Perry —— 1906 —— 1906 1906 ?
H2 Franklin Meadville 39653-0297 1809 Adams —— 1825/1825 1842* 1842 1836
Record loss, 1877.
K7 George 355 Cox St., Lucedale 39452 1910 Greene/Jackson —— 1910/1910 —— 1910 1910 1910
J7 Greene Leakesville 39451-0460 1811 Amite/Franklin/Wayne —— 1874/1910 —— 1876 1878 1898
Record loss, 1875.
C5 Grenada Grenada 38520-1280 1870 Carroll/Yalobuska/Choctaw/Tallahatchie —— 1870/1880 —— 1834* 1870 1870
*Earlier records from parent counties are included.
K5 Hancock P.O. Box 429, Bay St. Louis 39520 1812 Mobile District —— 1853 —— 1853 1853 1853
Record loss, 1853.
H6 Harrison P.O. Box CC, Gulfport 39501 1841 Hancock/Jackson/Perry —— 1841/1907 —— 1841 1853 ?
Record loss, 1916.
F3 Hinds Raymond 39154-0686 and Jackson 39201 1821 Choctaw cession, 1820 —— 1870/1871 —— 1870 1823 1854*
*Index and partial records begin 1854 with fragments earlier.
D4 Holmes Lexington 39095-0239 1833 Yazoo —— 1884 —— 1833 1833 ?
D3 Humphreys Belzoni 39038-0547 1918 Holmes/Washington/Yazoo/Sunflower —— 1918? —— 1918? 1918? 1918?
E2 Issaquena Mayersville 39113-0027 1844 Washington —— 1866 —— 1843 1849 1849
B8 Itawamba Fulton 38843-0776 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1837 —— 1836 1854 1854
K7 Jackson Pascagoula 39567-0998 1812 Mobile District —— 1875 —— 1875 1874 1875
Record loss, 1875.
G6 Jasper Paulding 39348-1047 and Bay Springs 39422 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1906/1906 1904* 1904*
*Indexes available for earlier dates. Record loss, 1932.
H2 Jefferson Fayette 39069-0145 1799 (as Pickering; renamed 1802)Natchez District —— 1805/1869 —— 1798 1805 1802
Record loss, 1904.
H5 Jefferson Davis Prentiss 39474-1137 1906 Covington/Lawrence —— 1906/1906 —— 1906 1906 1906
H6 Jones Ellisville 39437-1468 and Laurel 39440 1826 Covington/Wayne —— 1882/1888 —— 1828 1894 1857
Record loss.
E7 Kemper DeKalb 39328-0188 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1912/1912 —— 1881 1881 1881
Record loss, 1882.
A5 Lafayette Oxford 38655-1240 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1850/1876 —— 1836 1836 1836
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 —— 1837 1849 1856
H4 Lawrence Monticello 39654-1160 1814 Marion —— 1818/1910 —— 1815 1836 1815
Record loss.
E5 Leake Carthage 39051-0072 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1836 —— 1834 1852 1844
B7 Lee Tupelo 38801-1785 1866 Itawamba/Pontotoc —— 1867/1867 —— 1867 1867 1867
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 —— 1894 1893 ?
D7 Lowndes Columbus 39701-1364 1830 Monroe —— 1830/1881 —— 1830 1830 1837
F4 Madison Canton 39046-0404 1828 Yazoo —— 1830 —— 1828 1828 1828
J5 Marion 215 Broad St., Columbia 39429 1811 Amite/Wayne/Franklin —— 1812/1908 —— 1821? 1812 1812
A5 Marshall Holly Springs 38635-0219 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1836 —— 1856* 1836 1839
*Two early deed books missing.
B7 Monroe Aberdeen 39730-0578 1821 Chickasaw cession, 1816 —— 1821 —— 1821 1825 1825
C5 Montgomery Winona 38967-0071 1871 Carroll/Choctaw —— 1891/1901 —— 1871 1872 1872
Record loss, 1903.
E6 Neshoba 401 Beacon St., Philadelphia 39350 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1877/1895 —— 1835 1837 1859
F6 Newton Decatur 39327-0068 1836 Neshoba —— 1872/1876 —— 1876 1876 1876
Record loss, 1877 and 1910
D7 Noxubee Macon 39341-0147 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1834/1834 —— 1834 1834 1834
D7 Oktibbeha 101 E. Main St., Starkville 39759 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1861/1861 —— 1834 1880 1836
Record loss, 1880.
A4 Panola 151 Public Sq., Sardis 38666 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1871/1884 —— 1836 1845 1836
Record loss, 1886.
K5 Pearl River Poplarville 39470-0569 1890 Hancock/Marion —— 1890/1909 —— 1890 1899 1890
J6 Perry New Augusta 39462-0198 1820 Greene —— 1877/1892 —— 1862 1889 ?
Record loss, 1877.
Pickering 1799 (renamed Jefferson, 1802) Natchez District
J4 Pike 218 E. Bay St., Magnolia 39652 1815 Marion —— 1882/1882 —— 1882 1882 1882
Record loss, 1882.
B6 Pontotoc Pontotoc 38863-0209 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1849/1880 —— 1836 1836 1872?
A7 Prentiss Booneville 38829-0477 1870 Tishomingo —— 1870 —— 1836* 1870 1872
*Earlier deeds from parent county. Record loss, 1912.
B4 Quitman 230 Chestnut St., Marks 38646 1877 Panola/Coahoma/Tunic/Tallahatchie —— 1877/1877 —— 1877 1878 1878
F4 Rankin 305 Government St., Brandon 39042 1828 Hinds —— 1828 —— 1824 1828 1819
F5 Scott Forest 39074-0630 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1872/1865 —— 1835 1835 1867?
E3 Sharkey Rolling Fork 39159-0218 1876 Washington/Issaquena —— 1876 —— 1876 1877 1877
G4 Simpson Mendenhall 38114-0637 1824 Choctaw cession, 1820 —— 1872/1872 —— 1872* 1872 1872
*Plat (Tract) book from 1832. Record loss, 1840, 1872.
G5 Smith Raleigh 39153-0160 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1912 —— 1892 1893 ?
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* 1884 1844
*Record loss, 1870.
B4 Tallahatchie Charleston 38921-0350 and Sumner 38957 1830 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1856/1880 —— 1835 1834 1841
Record loss at Sumner, 1908.
A4 Tate 201 S. Ward St., Senatobia 38668 1873 Marshall/Tunica/DeSoto —— 1873/1873 —— 1873* 1873 1873
*Transcripts from parent counties available.
A6 Tippah Ripley 38663-0099 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1858/1888 —— 1836 1855 1849
Record loss, 1863.
A8 Tishomingo 1008 Battleground Dr., Iuka 38852 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1842/1866 —— 1836 1836 1856
A4 Tunica Tunica 38676-0639 1836 Chickasaw cession, 1832 —— 1858 —— 1836 1839 1839
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 —— 1913 1913 1913
F3 Warren Vicksburg 39180-0351 1809 Natchez District —— 1846/1860 —— 1810 1810 1810
D2 Washington Greenville 38701-0309 1827 Warren/Yazoo —— 1891/1858 —— 1828 1839 ?
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 —— 1873 1874 1879
J1 Wilkinson Woodville 39669-1284 1802 Adams —— 1804/1823 —— 1803 1808 1822
D6 Winston Louisville 39339-0069 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1834/1908 —— 1835 1834 1856
B5 Yalobusha Water Valley 38965-0664 and Coffeeville 38922 1833 Choctaw cession, 1830 —— 1847/1866 —— 1834 1834 1834
E4 Yazoo Yazoo City 39194-1106 1823 Choctaw cession, 1820 —— 1845 —— 1824 1834 1867?