Pike County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Pike County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 9 December, 1815
County Seat Magnolia
Address Pike County Courthouse
PO Box 309
Magnolia, Ms 39652
Phone: 601-783-3362
Pike County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for Zebulon Pike. The County has Magnolia as its seat and the County was created 1815. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

Pike County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Pike County Courthouse
PO Box 309
Magnolia, Ms 39652
Phone: 601-783-3362

Clerk Chancer Court has divorce, probate, court and land records from 1882. Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records. [2]


Parent County

1815--Pike County was created 9 December 1815 from Marion County.
County seat: Magnolia [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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1882--Some records were lost.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Compilation of online resources for African American genealogy research by Shannon Gorman. [1]

Bible Records


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


For tips on accessing Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike County. 
- 3rd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
Company E - McNair Rifles, aka Pike County Rifles
- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company I - Stockdale Rangers
- 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company B - Bogue Chitto Guards
Company H - Dahlgren Rifles
World War I and II



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


Probate Records

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

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, "Pike, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry County, Mississippi page 382, 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f2/Igimississippip.pdf.