Marshall County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Marshall County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Marshall County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 9 February, 1836
County Seat Holly Springs
Address Marshall County Courthouse
PO Box 219;
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Phone: 662.252.4431
Marshall County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for John Marshall. The County has Holly Springs as its seat and the County was created 1836. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[1]

Marshall County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Marshall County Courthouse
PO Box 219;
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Phone: 662.252.4431

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records from 1836. [2]


Parent County

1836--Marshall County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession.
County seat: Holly Spring [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

Some early records are 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 Marshall County, Mississippi Genealogy 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.



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 Marshall 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
  • Civil War service men from Marshall 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 Marshall County. 
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Johnston's)
Company A - Walker Reserves
Company F - Alcorn Rifles
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisans [Also known as 2nd Partisan Rangers Cavalry/Ballentine’s]
Company F - Reason’s Company
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company E - Richmond’s Company
- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company G - McKissack’s Company
Company K - Bowles’ Company, aka McEwen’s Company
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company B - Home Guards
Company D - Jeff Davis Rifles
Company F - Quitman Rifle Guards
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company F - Capt. Keith’s Company
Company K - Capt. Monroe’s Company
World War I



These are the newspapers that have been published in Marshall County, according to Chronicling America's US Newspaper Directory:

Democratic Banner. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1853-18??
Empire Democrat. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1854-18??
The Guard. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1842-1846
The Byhalia Journal. (Byhalia, Miss.) 1883-1899
The Light. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 197?-1976
Marshall Democrat. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1855-18??
Marshall Jeffersonian. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1851-18??
The Marshall Messenger. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1976-Current
The North Mississippian. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 18??-18??
Mississippi Palladium. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1851-1852
The Reporter. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1891-1893
Marshall County Republican. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1839-18??
Pigeon Roost News. (Byhalia, Miss.) 1982-Current
South-Reporter. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1920-Current
The Independent South. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1861-18??
The Independent South. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1871-1873
The South. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1896-1919
The Southern Banner. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1839-1839
Southern Herald. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1857-1???
Southern Banner. (Holly Springs, Miss.) 1841-1841

See Chronicling America to find the libraries and institutions that hold copies or microfilm of these newspapers.

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


Probate Records

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

Marshall County Historical Society
220 E College Ave
Holly Springs 38635-3122

Marshall County Genealogical Society
109 E. Gholson Avenue
Holly Springs MS 38635

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

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, "Marshall, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marshall County, Mississippi page 381, 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