Jackson County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Guide to Jackson County, Mississippi ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Pascagoula
Organized: 18 December 1812
Parent County(s): Mobile District[1]
Neighboring Counties
George  • Harrison  • Mobile (AL)  • Stone
See County Maps
Location Map
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Andrew Jackson

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

This county is named after Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) who became Seventh President of the United States in 1829. Jackson County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Courthouse
3109 Canty St
P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Phone: 228-769-3091
Jackson County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and probate records and Justice of the Peace dockets from 1875.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records has marriage records from 1875. [3]

Jackson County, Mississippi Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1875 1 Nov 1912 1875 1875 1874 1810
*Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1875 Some records were lost in a courthouse fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1812 Jackson County was created 18 December 1812 from the Mobile District.
  • County seat: Pascagoula[5]

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Jackson County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,682
1830 1,792 6.5%
1840 1,965 9.7%
1850 3,196 62.6%
1860 4,122 29.0%
1870 4,362 5.8%
1880 7,607 74.4%
1890 11,251 47.9%
1900 16,513 46.8%
1910 15,451 −6.4%
1920 19,208 24.3%
1930 15,973 −16.8%
1940 20,601 29.0%
1950 31,401 52.4%
1960 55,522 76.8%
1970 87,975 58.5%
1980 118,015 34.1%
1990 115,243 −2.3%
2000 131,420 14.0%
2010 139,668 6.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Jackson County census records online, see: Mississippi Census.

Federal Census

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

  • 1795-1859 Transcriptions of State Land office records (1795-1859) - Jackson County Collection at FamilySearch - images only
  • 1821 Transcriptions of State Land office records - Jackson County Collection at FamilySearch - images only
  • 1824-1853 Transcriptions of State Land Office records 1824-1853 (Abstract of land patents, city of Jackson) - Jackson County Collection at FamilySearch - images only
  • 1841-1919 Transcriptions of State Land Office records 1841-1919 (Copy of land patent book for the City of Jackson) - Jackson County Collection at FamilySearch - images only

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Jackson County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Mexican-American War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Jackson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Jackson County:

- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company A - Live Oak Rifles
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company A - Steede’s Company
- 17th Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry
Company A - Steede’s Company

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War Battle was fought in Jackson County

  • May 14, 1863 Jackson[7]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Mississippi.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

State Archives


Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Jackson County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Jackson County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Jackson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Jackson County. For state-wide library facilities, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Jackson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Mississippi Societies.

Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 984
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Email: jchgs.ms@gmail.com

Ocean Springs Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1765
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 17 September 2019.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)