Hancock County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Template:Mississippi-stub United States Gotoarrow.png Mississippi Gotoarrow.png Hancock County

County Courthouse

Hancock County Courthouse
150 Main St;
BAY St. Louis MS 39520
Phone: 228.467.5404 

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records;
Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records[1]


Parent County

1812--Hancock County was created 18 December 1812 from the Mobile District.
County seat: Bay St. Louis [2] 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1863--Some records were lost.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Barth Flat Top-Harmony Baptist Church Pearlington
Bayou Caddy Gainesville Pearson
Bayou Coco Gardens of Memory Powell
Bayou LaCroix Gipson Rotten Bayou-St. Joseph
Belle Isle Gulfcoast Memorial Saint Mary
Breland Gulfside Assembly Smith
Brothers of the Sacred Heart Holden-Thompson Spring Branch Church
Caesar Kiln St. Augustine
Catahoula Koch Standard Sandhill
Cedar Rest Lakeshore The Point
Choctaw Oaks Leetown Turtleskin
Christ Episcopal Little Rotten Bayou Victor Ladner
Cowand Logtown Washington Road
Crane Creek McQueen Waveland
Doby Mitchell Westonia
Elmer Napoleon Wolf Creek Baptist Church
Fayard Necaise Crossing
Fenton SandHill - Alphonse G. Malley New Hope Baptist Church



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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bay St. Louis

Courtesy of the Hancock County Historical Society:

Catholic Church Records Index: Includes Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay Saint Louis and the Church of the Annunciation in Kiln, Mississippi



Courtesy of Hancock County Historical Society:

Early Hancock County Land Records: Transcription of Book B

Local Histories



  • Civil War service men from Hancock 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 Hancock County. 
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company F - Shieldsboro Rifles
Company G - Gainesville Volunteers
- 17th Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry
Company B - Poitevent’s Company




Vital Records

Courtesy of the Hancock County Historical Society:

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), Hancock County, Mississippi page 379, {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).