Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

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Online Records

County Courthouse

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

Clerk Circuit Court, Cleveland Mississippi 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, probate
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

  • 1866-1873 - Bolivar County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1866-1873. Batch M516751 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

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, 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at