Clarke County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Clarke County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Quitman
Organized: 23 December 1833
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Choctaw (AL)  • Jasper  • Lauderdale  • Newton  • Wayne
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Joshua G. Clarke. The County has Quitman as its seat and the County was created December 23, 1833. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Clarke County Courthouse
PO Box 689
Quitman, MS 39355
Phone: 662-776-2126
Clarke County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and probate records from 1875.[3]

Clarke County, Mississippi Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1834 1837 1840

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1833 Clarke County was created 23 December 1833 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Quitman[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

The following are locations in Clarke County, Mississippi:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Clarke 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

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

Church Records

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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for Clarke 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

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Clarke 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 Clarke County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry Reserves
Company A - Reynold’s Company
Company H - McGriff’s Company
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company F - East Mississippi Dragoons, aka East Mississippi Guards
- 7th Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
Company D - Mississippi Rangers
Company E - Mississippi Sharpshooters
- 7th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company G - Stancill’s Company, aka Garrett’s Company, and aka White’s Company
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company B - Miller’s Company
- 17th Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry
Company D - Miller’s Company
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company D - Moody True Blues (also listed as Co. F)
Company F - Clarke County (also listed as Co. K)

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Tax Records

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

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

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

  • Clarke County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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, "Clarke, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke_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), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.