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United States Gotoarrow.png  Mississippi Gotoarrow.png  Benton County

Guide to Benton County Mississippi genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
Main St; PO Box 218;
Ashland, MS 38603-0000
Phone: 662.224.,6300

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records from 1871. [1]

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



Parent County

1870--Benton County was created 21 July 1870 from Marshall and Tippah Counties.
County seat: Ashland [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



For tips on accessing Benton 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

Local Histories





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate 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.

  • 1870-1881 - Benton County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1870-1881. Batch M516741 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1898 - Benton County Marriage Books 3 and 4 Index 1881-1898. Batches M516742 and M516743 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1898-1909 - Benton County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1898-1909. Batch M735003 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1909-1922 - Benton County Marriage Book 7 Index 1909-1922. Batch M734866 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1909-1917 - Benton County Marriage Book 8 Index 1909-1917. Batch M734839 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Mississippi page 378, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/ce/Igimississippia.pdf.