Covington County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Covington County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Covington County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 5 February, 1870 from Tippah and Tishomingo Counties
County Seat Collins
Address Covington County Courthouse]
PO Box 1679
Collins, MS 39428
Phone: 601.765.6132
Covington County Courthouse

County Informatiion


The County was named for Leonard Covington. The County has Collins as its seat and the County was created 1819. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [1]

Covington County, Mississippi Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Covington County, Mississippi Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



County Courthouse

Covington County Courthouse
PO Box 1679
Collins, MS 39428
Phone: 601.765.6132

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage, divorce and probate records from 1900, court and land records from 1860. [2]


Parent County

1819--Covington County was created 5 February 1819 from Lawrence and Wayne Counties.
County seat: Collins [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1904--Some records were lost.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MSGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information.


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

  • 1870 - 1870 State Census Returns, courtesy: FamilySearch - free.
  • 1878 Enumeration of Educable Children can be found after the 1878 enumeration for Copiah County on FamilySearch and is currently (Dec. 2012) listed under Copiah, not Covington or "Mulitple Counties"- starts at image 276. It also available online from the Mississippi Archives. Both are free.

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Seminary



Land and Property

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 Covington County, Mississippi Genealogy. 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.


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Civil War
  • Men from Covington 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 Covington County. 
- 7th Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
Company G - Covington Sharpshooters
- 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company I - Covington Rifles, aka Covington Rangers



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Covington County, Mississippi Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

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


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.

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Mississippi Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Covington County, Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society
P. O. Box 381,
Collins, MS 39428-0381

Links to the county resourses.

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Covington, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Covington County, Mississippi page 379, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at