Rankin County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Rankin County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 4 February, 1828
County Seat Brandon
Address Rankin County Courthouse
211 E Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone: 601.825.1469
Rankin County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for Christopher Rankin. The County has Brandon as its seat and the County was created February 4, 1828. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Rankin County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Rankin County Courthouse
211 E Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone: 601.825.1469

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate, and land records from 1829.


Parent County

1828--Rankin County was created 4 February 1828 from Hinds County.
County seat: Brandon [2]

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

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


Populated Places

Seven Incorporated cities

  • Brandon incorporated in 1831; population >17,317
  • Pearl incorporated in 1973; population>21961
  • Florence incorporated in 1905; also known as Steen's Creek; population >2400
  • Flowood incorporated in 1953; population >5000
  • Pelahatchie-named from Choctaw word meaning 'crooked creek,' incorporated in 1904; population 1500
  • Puckett community; population 400
  • Richland incorporated in 1975; >6000'

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

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 Rankin 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.


Brandon Baptist Church
Crossgates Baptist
First Baptist Church of Brandon
Pinelake Baptist


Community Christian Church
New Life Christian Fellowship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Brandon Ward


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon

  • 1858-1927 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon, Baptism Index 1858-1927. Batch C714341 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>

Crossgates United Methodist Church


First United Pentecostal Church


Briarwood Presbyterian Church USA
Lakeside Presbyterian Church, E.P.C.



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 Rankin 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 Rankin 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 Rankin County.
- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company E - Ramsey’s Company
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company G - Rankin Rifles
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company H - Rankin Rifles [also listed as Co. A]
- 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company A - Rankin Rough & Readies
Company B - New Guard
Company I - Rankin Greys
World War I



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

  • Clarion Ledgar


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

Rankin County Historical Society
PO Box 841
Brandon, MS 39043

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

  • Brandon Public Library (601)825-2692
  • Central Mississippi Regional Library System (601) 825-0100
  • G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (601) 919-1911
  • Pelahatchie Public Library (601) 854-8764
  • Reservoir Library (601) 992-2539
  • Richland Public Library (601) 932-1836

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.


County Courthouse

Rankin County Courthouse
211 E Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone # 601-825-2217

Rankin County; 211 E Government St; Brandon, MS 39042; Ph. 601.825.1469 Details: (Clk Chan Ct has div, pro & land rec from 1829)


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Rankin, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankin_County,_Mississippi."
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.