Yazoo County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Yazoo County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Yazoo City
Organized: 21 January 1823
Parent County(s): Hinds[1]
Neighboring Counties
Attala  • Hinds  • Holmes  • Humphreys  • Issaquena  • Madison  • Sharkey  • Warren
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

This county was named for the Yazoo River. Yazoo County is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Yazoo County Courthouse
PO Box 68
Yazoo City, MS 39194
Phone: 601-746-2213
Yazoo Website

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage records from 1845, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1823 and newspapers. [3]

Yazoo County, Mississippi Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1845 1824 1834 1830

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1823 Yazoo County was created 21 January 1823 from Hinds County.
  • County seat: Yazoo City[4]

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

The following are locations in Yazoo County, Mississippi:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Yazoo 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

For tips on accessing Yazoo County 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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

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.

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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.

1824-1900 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. 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

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Migration

Military Records

War with Mexico

Civil War

Regiments. Men in 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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Tax 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

  • Yazoo Historical Museum
    332 N. Main Street
    Yazoo City, MS 39194-4253
    Phone: 662-746-2273
    Website

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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, "Yazoo, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazoo_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), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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.