Issaquena County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Issaquena County

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

County Facts
County seat: Mayersville
Organized: 23 January 1844
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chicot (AR)  • East Carroll (LA)  • Sharkey  • Warren  • Washington  • Yazoo
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Location Map
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County Information


This county was named with a Choctaw word meaning "Deer River". Issaquena County is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Issaquena County Courthouse
P.O. Box 27
Mayersville, MS 39113
Phone: 662-873-2761
Issaquena County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage records from 1866, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1850. [3]

Issaquena 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
1866 1843 1849 1850

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1844 Issaquena County was created 23 January 1844 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Mayersville[4]

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

The following are locations in Issaquena County, Mississippi:

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Issaquena 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 Issaquena 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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Issaquena 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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Military Records

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

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



  • 1826-1900 Mississippi Marriages, 1826-1900 at Ancestry $
  • 1866-1879 Issaquena County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1866-1879. Batch M516931 at FamilySearch[5]
  • 1875-1882 Issaquena County Marriage Books 3 and 4 Index 1875-1882. Batch M516932 at FamilySearch
  • 1882-1889 Issaquena County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1882-1889. Batches M516933 at FamilySearch
  • 1892-1899 Issaquena County Marriage Books 9 and 10 Index 1892-1899. Batches M748562 at FamilySearch
  • 1899-1907 Issaquena County Marriage Books 11 and 12 Index 1899-1907. Batch M748567 at FamilySearch
  • 1907-1915 Issaquena County Marriage Books 13 and 14 Index 1907-1915. Batch M748564 at FamilySearch



Research Facilities


Family History Centers

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Research Guides


  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, "Issaquena, 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), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at