Rankin County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Brandon
Organized: 4 February 1828
Parent County(s): Hinds[1]
Neighboring Counties
Copiah  • Hinds  • Madison  • Scott  • Simpson  • Smith
See County Maps
Location Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin County.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

This county was named for Christopher Rankin. Rankin County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rankin County Courthouse
211 E Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone: 601-825-1469
Rankin County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate, and land records from 1829.

Rankin 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1828 1 Nov 1912 1819 1829 1829 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]

  • 1828 Rankin County was created 4 February 1828 from Hinds County.
  • County seat: Brandon[4]

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]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
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 Rankin 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.
1830 2,083
1840 4,361 109.4%
1850 7,227 65.7%
1860 13,635 88.7%
1870 12,977 −4.8%
1880 16,752 29.1%
1890 17,922 7.0%
1900 20,955 16.9%
1910 23,944 14.3%
1920 20,272 −15.3%
1930 20,353 0.4%
1940 27,934 37.2%
1950 28,881 3.4%
1960 34,322 18.8%
1970 43,933 28.0%
1980 69,427 58.0%
1990 87,161 25.5%
2000 115,327 32.3%
2010 141,617 22.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Rankin 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

Brandon Baptist Church
Crossgates Baptist
First Baptist Church of Brandon
Pinelake Baptist

Community Christian Church
New Life Christian Fellowship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Brandon Ward

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon

  • 1858-1927 St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon, Baptism Index 1858-1927. Batch C714341 at FamilySearch

Crossgates United Methodist Church

First United Pentecostal Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church USA
Lakeside Presbyterian Church, E.P.C.

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 Rankin 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 Rankin 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 Rankin County:

- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company E - Ramsey’s Company
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company G - Rankin Rifles
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company H - Rankin Rifles (also listed as Co. A)
- 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company A - Rankin Rough & Readies
Company B - New Guard
Company I - Rankin Greys

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Clarion Ledgar

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 Rankin County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Rankin 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 Rankin County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Brandon Public Library
    Phone: 601-825-2692
  • Central Mississippi Regional Library System
    Phone: 601-825-0100
  • G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library
    Phone: 601-919-1911
  • Pelahatchie Public Library
    Phone: 601-854-8764
  • Reservoir Library
    Phone: 601-992-2539
  • Richland Public Library
    Phone: 601-932-1836

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Rankin County Historical Society
P.O. Box 841
Brandon, MS 39043

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, "Rankin, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankin_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rankin 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Rankin County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankin_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 1 October 2019.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f2/Igimississippip.pdf.