Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy
Guide to Itawamba County, Mississippi ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Itawamba County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
|Founded||9 February, 1836|
|Address|| Itawamba County Courthouse|
201 W Main St; PO Box 776;
Fulton, MS 38843
Itawamba County Courthouse
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Genealogy Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Bible Records
- 5.4 Cemeteries
- 5.5 Census
- 5.6 Church Records
- 5.7 Court
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land and Property
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Naturalization
- 5.14 Newspapers
- 5.15 Occupations
- 5.16 Probate Records
- 5.17 Taxation
- 5.18 Vital Records
- 6 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
The County was named for Levi Colbert (Itawamba). The County has Fulton as its seat and the County was created 1836. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. 
Itawamba County, Mississippi Record Dates
The Itawamba County Courthouse was built ca. 1852 with a major redesign during 1972.
1836--Itawamba County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession.
County seat: Fulton 
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.
Over the years, lands in Itawamba County were transferred to three different counties – Tishomingo, Prentiss and Lee. Lee County, formerly embraced within the limits of Itawamba and Pontotoc counties, was established October 26, 1866 with the largest portion of its land coming from Itawamba County (a strip ten miles wide off western Itawamba County, from north to south). The old Itawamba lands east of the line between Ranges 5 and Ranges 6 (old Itawamba-Pontotoc county line) for ten miles went to the new county. This included many old Itawamba County towns such as Baldwyn, Guntown, Saltillo, Tupelo, Verona and Shannon.
On April 15, 1870, Tishomingo County was split into three counties – Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo. At this time a strip running east to west three miles wide along the northern border of Itawamba went to the counties of Tishomingo and Prentiss. The former Itawamba County lands going to Tishomingo County included thirty square miles. The former Itawamba County lands going to Prentiss County included thirty-six square miles
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information.|
- 1805 - 1890 Mississippi, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1805-1890 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1660 - 1820 U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1792 - 1866 Mississippi, State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866 at Ancestry.com — index $
For tips on accessing Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy census records online, see: Mississippi Census.
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.
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 are available for Itawamba 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.
- 1861-1865 - Mississippi, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch.org — index/images
- 1861-1865 - Mississippi, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch.org — index/images
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1889-1942 - Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942 at FamilySearch — images
- 1900-1974 - Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974 at FamilySearch — images
- Men from Itawamba 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 Itawamba County.
- - 1st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Johnston's)
- Company B - Mooresville Darts
- Company I - Rifle Scouts
- Company K - Mississippi Yankee Hunters
- - 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
- Company B - Ben Bullard Rifles
- - 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
- Company C - Ben Bullard Rifles [also listed as Co. D]
- Company G - Fulton Guards [also listed as Co. B]
- - 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
- Company E - Mooresville Blues
- - 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
- Company C – Town Creek Riflemen
- Company E – Calhoun Rifles
- - 3rd Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry (Ashcraft's)
- Company A - Davis’ Company
- Company D - Kohlheim’s Company
- Company E - Story’s Company
- Company F - Hankins’ Company
- - 3rd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
- Company B - Insurgents
- - 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
- Company B - Griffin’s Company
- - 6th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
- Company B - Brown’s Company
- Company C - Pardue’s Company
- - 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
- Company F - Shackelford’s Company
- - 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry (formerly 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
- Company F - Shackelford’s Company
- Company G - Duke’s Company, aka Duke’s Company of Independent Scouts
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
Probate records are held by the Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Itawamba 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.
- 1780 – 1982 Mississippi Wills and Probate Records 1780-1982 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1781 – 1930 Mississippi Probate Records 1781-1930 at FamilySearch — images
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 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.
- 1800 - 1911 Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1776 - 1935 Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1826 - 1900 Mississippi Marriages, 1826-1900 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1826 - 50 Mississippi Marriages, 1826-50 at Ancestry.com — index $
- to 1825 Mississippi Marriages to 1825 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1837-1853 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 1 thru 4 Index 1837-1853. Batch M516941 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1853-1877 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 5 thru 7 Index 1853-1877. Batch M516942 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1877-1887 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 8 and 9 Index 1877-1887. Batches M516943 and M516944 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1887-1893 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 10 and 11 Index 1887-1893. Batch M516945 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1893-1910 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 12 and 13 Index 1893-1910. Batch M516946 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1910-1917 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 14 and 15 Index 1910-1917. Batch M748504 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1902-1909 - Itawamba County Marriage Books 2 and 3 Index 1902-1909. Batch M748494 at FamilySearch - free.
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855
The George Poteet History Center, a state-of-the-art 2,400 square foot facility located at the corner of Church Street and Museum Drive in Mantachie, houses the Itawamba Historical Society's Gordon McFerrin Auditorium. Also located in this facility are the society's general offices and the Gaither Spradling Research Library.
The library's holdings include more than 1,600 volumes of research material devoted not only to Itawamba County, but most all southern states as well. The society subscribes to more than 30 regional genealogical publications. The library's collections also includes general history and general genealogical areas a large microform collection, archival materials and family history files.
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.
- Itawamba County, MS History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Mississippi Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Mississippi Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb Itawamba County, Mississippi project. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- The Itawamba Historical Society
- Wikipedia contributors, "Itawamba, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itawamba_County,_Mississippi."
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Itawamba County, Mississippi page 380, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/b/be/Igimississippij.pdf.