Tallahatchie County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Charleston, Sumner
Organized: 23 December 1833
Parent County(s): Choctaw Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Coahoma  • Grenada  • Leflore  • Panola  • Quitman  • Sunflower  • Yalobusha
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
Tallahatchie County Courthouse District 2

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

This county was named with a Choctaw word meaning "rock of waters". Tallahatchie County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tallahatchie County Courthouse District 1
P.O. Box 86
Charleston, MS 38921
Phone: 662-647-8758
Fax: 662-647-8490

Tallahatchie County Courthouse District 2
P.O. Box 96
Sumner, MS 38957
Phone: 662-375-8515
Fax: 662-375-7252

Tallahatchie County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1909.
Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and probate records from 1909 and land records from 1858.[3]

Tallahatchie County, Mississippi Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1909 1 Nov 1912 1841 1858 1909 1810
Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1908 Records were lost at Sumner.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1833 Tallahatchie County was created 23 December 1833 from the Choctaw Cession.
  • County seat: Charleston, Sumner[5]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Tallahatchie County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,985
1850 4,643 55.5%
1860 7,890 69.9%
1870 7,852 −0.5%
1880 10,926 39.1%
1890 14,361 31.4%
1900 19,600 36.5%
1910 29,078 48.4%
1920 35,953 23.6%
1930 35,568 −1.1%
1940 34,166 −3.9%
1950 30,486 −10.8%
1960 24,081 −21.0%
1970 19,338 −19.7%
1980 17,157 −11.3%
1990 15,210 −11.3%
2000 14,903 −2.0%
2010 15,378 3.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Tallahatchie County census records online, see: Mississippi Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Catholic Church

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Tallahatchie County. 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Tallahatchie 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 Tallahatchie County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company D - Tillatoba Grays
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisans (Also known as 2nd Partisan Rangers Cavalry/Ballentine’s)
Company I - Eskridge’s Company
- 32nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company F - Southern Farmers
- 11th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Tallahatchie Guards Independent Cavalry

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

  • 1805-1879 Tallahatchie County Birth Index 1805-1879. Batch C520322 at FamilySearch

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Tallahatchie, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallahatchie_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tallahatchie County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tallahatchie County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallahatchie_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 2 October 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f2/Igimississippip.pdf.