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 US GenWeb 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