Panola County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Batesville and Sardis
Organized: 1 March 1836
Parent County(s): the Chickasaw Cesson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lafayette  • Quitman  • Tallahatchie  • Tate  • Tunica  • Yalobusha
See County Maps
Location Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Panola County.svg.png
Panola County Courthouse District 2

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

This county was named from the word "polono" which means thread or cotton. Panola County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Panola County Courthouse District 1
215 S Pocahonatas St
Sardis, MS 38666
Phone: 662-487-2073
Fax: 662-487-3595

Panola County Courthouse District 2
151 Public Square
Batesville, MS 38606-2220
Phone: 601-563-6205

Panola County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and probate records from 1836.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1885 and court records from 1836.[3]

Panola 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 1871 1 Nov 1912 1836 1836 1836 1810
*Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1886 Some records were lost.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1836 Panola County was created 1 March 1836 from Monroe, Washington, and Non-County Area 12 attached to Tallahatchie.
  • County seat: Batesville and Sardis[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
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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 Panola 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 4,657
1850 11,444 145.7%
1860 13,794 20.5%
1870 20,754 50.5%
1880 28,352 36.6%
1890 26,977 −4.8%
1900 29,027 7.6%
1910 31,274 7.7%
1920 27,845 −11.0%
1930 28,648 2.9%
1940 34,421 20.2%
1950 31,271 −9.2%
1960 28,791 −7.9%
1970 26,829 −6.8%
1980 28,164 5.0%
1990 29,996 6.5%
2000 34,274 14.3%
2010 34,707 1.3%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Panola 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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Holy Innocents Parish, Como

Davis Chapel, Methodist Episcopal

  • 1881-1920, 1940-1944 Davis Chapel, Methodist Episcopal Baptism Index 1881-1920, 1940-1944. Batch C714281 at FamilySearch

Methodist Episcopal Church, Como

  • 1879-1885 Methodist Episcopal Church, Como, Baptism Index 1879-1885. Batch C714311 at FamilySearch
  • 1880-1895 Methodist Episcopal Church, Como, Marriage Index 1880-1895. Batch M714311 at FamilySearch
  • 1880-1900 Methodist Episcopal Church, Como, Death Index 1880-1900. Batch B714311 at FamilySearch

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 Panola 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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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Mexican-American War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Panola 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 Panola County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company C - Panola Cavalry
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Johnston's)
Company E - Pleasant Mount Rifles
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisans (Also known as 2nd Partisan Rangers Cavalry/Ballentine’s)
Company H - Ballentine’s Guards
Company K - Jernigan’s Company
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company D - Senatobia Opposers
- 5th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company H - Hill’s Company
- 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
Company H - Morris’ Company
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry (formerly 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's))
Company H - Morris’ Company
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company H - Panola Guards
Company I - Senatobia Invincibles, aka Invincibles
- 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company E - Sardis Blues (also listed as Co. F)

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

State Archives

Voter List

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Panola County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Panola 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]

  • 1879-1880 Panola County Birth Index 1879-1880. Batch C749877 at FamilySearch
  • 1879-1942 Panola County Birth Index 1879-1942. Batch C714295 at FamilySearch

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Panola County Historical and Genealogical Society
(662) 563-3744

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, "Panola, 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), Panola 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, "Panola County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 1 October 2019.