Holmes County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Holmes County

Guide to Holmes 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: Lexington
Organized: 19 February 1833
Parent County(s): Yazoo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Attala  • Carroll  • Humphreys  • Leflore  • Madison  • Yazoo
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

This county was named for David Holmes. Holmes County is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Holmes County Courthouse
1 Court Square
P.O. Box 239
Lexington, MS 39095
Phone: 662-834-2281
Holmes County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce records from 1894, probate and land records from 1833 and burial records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records.[3]

Holmes 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
1884 1833 1833 1840

Record Loss

1884 A courthouse fire destroyed many of the records, but the deeds were housed in a separate building and Will Book I was rescued.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1833 Holmes County was created 19 February 1833 from Yazoo County.
  • County seat: Lexington[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 Holmes County, Mississippi:


Cities

  • Durant
  • Lexington

Towns

  • Cruger
  • Goodman
  • Pickens
  • Tchula

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Holmes 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 Holmes 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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

230 Swan Drive, Greenwood, MS 38930-6929
Phone: 662-453-2236

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 Holmes 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 Holmes 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 Holmes County:

- 1st Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters
Company B - Red Rebels
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Light Artillery
Company D - Wofford’s Battery
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company A - Kyle’s Company
- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company C - Red Invincibles
Company G - Nelson Grays
- 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company F - Durant Rifles (also listed as Co. I)

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

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, "Holmes, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmes_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.