Yazoo County, Mississippi Genealogy

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


Yazoo County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Yazoo County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 21 January, 1823
County Seat Yazoo City
Address Yazoo County Courthouse
PO Box 68;
Yazoo City, MS 39194
Phone: 601.746.2213
Yazoo County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for the Yazoo River. The County has Yazoo City as its seat and the County was created January 21, 1823. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[1]

Yazoo County, Mississippi Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Yazoo County Courthouse
PO Box 68;
Yazoo City, MS 39194
Phone: 601.746.2213

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage records from 1845, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1823 and newspapers. [2]


Parent County

1823--Yazoo County was created 21 January 1823 from Hinds County.
County seat: Yazoo City [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

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


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
MSGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Yazoo 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.



Black-Gibbs-Mitchell-Giles Ancestors of Yazoo County: A Revised Compilation of Family Histories, by Sammie Giles, Jr. Available on-line in its entirety at Google Books.

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.

Deed records (Yazoo County, Mississippi), 1824-1900; deed index, 1824-1897 Can be viewed on microfilm.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yazoo 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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Mexican War
Civil War
  • Men from Yazoo 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 Yazoo County. 
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company K - Yazoo Minute Rifles
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Light Artillery
Company B - Herrod’s Battery, aka Vaughan Rebels
Company I - Bowman’s Battery
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company I - John M. Sharps, aka Yazoo Rebels
- 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company I - Satartia Rifles [also listed as Co. G]
World War I



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

Yazoo Historical Museum
332 N. Main St.
Yazoo City, MS 39194-4253
Telephone Number: 662-746-2273

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, "Yazoo, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazoo_County,_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yazoo 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. 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.