Union County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Union County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Union County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 7 July, 1870
County Seat New Albany
Address Union County Courthouse
109 Main St E; PO Box 847
New Albany, MS 38652-0000
Phone: 662.534.1900
Union County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for re-union of Mississippi and the other Confederate states after the Civil War. The County has New Albany as its seat and the County was created 1870. The County is located in the north area of the state.[1]

Union County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Union County Courthouse
109 Main St E; PO Box 847
New Albany, MS 38652-0000
Phone: 662.534.1900

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and court records. Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records. [2]


Parent County

1870--Union County was created 7 July 1870 from Pontotoc and Tippah Counties.
County seat: New Albany [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

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 Union 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 Union 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 Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Union County

Map showing Civil war battles in Mississippi.
World War I



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

Union County Historical Society
114 Cleveland St
New Albany 38652-4050

Mississippi Dept of Archives and History
PO Box 571
200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39205
Telephone Number: 601-576-6876

Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 434
Tupelo, MS 38801

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, "Union, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County,_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Union County, Mississippi page 383, 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. Heritage Preservation Services Civil War Battle Summaries by State(accessed 2 Aug 2012
  5. 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.