Lauderdale County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Meridian
Organized: December 23 1833
Parent County(s): Choctaw Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Choctaw (AL)  • Clarke  • Jasper  • Kemper  • Neshoba  • Newton  • Sumter (AL)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

This county was named for James Lauderdale. Lauderdale County is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lauderdale County Courthouse
500 Constitution Ave
3rd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 601-482-9756
Lauderdale County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records.
County Health Department has birth and death records. [3]

Lauderdale 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 1839 1 Nov 1912 1856 1837 1849 1810
*Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1833 Lauderdale County was created 23 December 1833 from the Choctaw Cession.
  • County seat: Meridian[5]

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the 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
  • Kewanee
  • Lizelia
  • Lockhart
  • Lost Gap
  • Martin
  • Meehan
  • Moseley
  • Obadiah
  • Pine Springs
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Poplar Springs
  • Russell
  • Savannah Grove
  • Savoy
  • Schamberville
  • Shucktown
  • Smith
  • Sterling
  • Stinson
  • Suqualena
  • Topton
  • Vimville
  • Whynot
  • Wolf Springs
  • Zero
Census-designated places

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 Lauderdale 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.
1840 5,358
1850 8,717 62.7%
1860 13,313 52.7%
1870 13,462 1.1%
1880 21,501 59.7%
1890 29,661 38.0%
1900 38,150 28.6%
1910 46,919 23.0%
1920 45,897 −2.2%
1930 52,748 14.9%
1940 58,247 10.4%
1950 64,171 10.2%
1960 67,119 4.6%
1970 67,087 −0.0%
1980 77,285 15.2%
1990 75,555 −2.2%
2000 78,161 3.4%
2010 80,261 2.7%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Lauderdale 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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry Reserves
Company A - Reynold’s Company
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company C - Lauderdale Cavalry
- 5th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company G - Allen’s Company
- 5th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company C - Lauderdale Springs Greys
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company E - Tallahoma Hardshells (also listed as Co. H)
Company H - Southern Sentinels (also listed as Co. B)
Company I - Confederate Guards (also listed as Co. G)

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War Battle was fought in Lauderdale County:

  • February 14-20, 1864 Meridian[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 Lauderdale County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Lauderdale 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]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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 Lauderdale County. For state-wide library facilities, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Lauderdale Co. Dept. of Archives and History
PO box 551
Meridian, MS 39302

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, "Lauderdale, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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), Lauderdale 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, "Lauderdale County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 18 September 2019.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)