Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png  Mississippi Gotoarrow.png  Bolivar County

County Courthouse

Bolivar County Courthouse
401 S Court Street
Cleveland, MS 38732-2696
Phone: 662.843.2071

Clerk Circuit Court, Cleveland Missississippi has marriage and court records;
Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records
Clerk Circuit Court, Rosedale Mississippi has marriage records from 1866
and court records from 1870; Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, proabte and
land records, Chanceru and circuit Clerks office in both Courthouse.
Rosedale records back about 20 years earlier than Cleveland[1]


Parent County

1836--Bolivar County was created 9 February 1836 from the Choctaw Cession. Records are housed in Rosedale and Cleveland.
County seat:  Cleveland [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places and Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



  • Civil War service men from Bolivar 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 Bolivar County. 
- 1st Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry (Miller's)
Company A - Mississippi Rifles
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company H - Bolivar Troop




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • 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), Bolivar County, Mississippi page 378, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=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).