Sunflower County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Sunflower County

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


Sunflower County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Sunflower County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 15 February, 1844
County Seat Indianola
Address Sunflower County Courthouse
200 Main St; PO Box 988
Indianola, MS 38751-
Phone: 662.887.4703
Sunflower County Courthouse

County Information


The County has Indianola as its seat and the County was created 1844. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

Sunflower County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Sunflower County Courthouse
200 Main St; PO Box 988
Indianola, MS 38751-
Phone: 662.887.4703

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from from 1871. [2]


Parent County

1844--Sunflower County was created 15 February 1844 from Bolivar and Washington Counties.
County seat:  Indianola [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

1870--Some records were 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
Tombstone Project WorldCat Billion Graves
Billion Graves
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Sunflower 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 Sunflower 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 Sunflower 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 Sunflower County.
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company B - Sunflower Dispersers
World War I



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Sunflower 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

Sunflower County Historical Society
c/o Sunflower County Library
201 Cypress Drive
Indianola MS 38751

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