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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mississippi_County,_Arkansas|Mississippi County]]''  
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Guide to '''Mississippi County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Guide to '''Mississippi County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
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|organized=  November 1,  1833
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|county seat= Blytheville
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|parent county= [[Crittenden County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crittenden]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy|Craighead]]
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|county2= [[Crittenden County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crittenden]]
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|county3= [[Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy|Dunklin (MO)]]
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|county4= [[Dyer County, Tennessee Genealogy|Dyer (TN)]]
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|county5= [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy|Lauderdale (TN)]]
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|county6= [[Pemiscot County, Missouri Genealogy|Pemiscot (MO)]]
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|county7= [[Poinsett County, Arkansas Genealogy|Poinsett]]
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|county8= [[Shelby County, Tennessee Genealogy|Shelby (TN)]]
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|county9= [[Tipton County, Tennessee Genealogy|Tipton (TN)]]</br><center>[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Mississippi}}
  
| county = Mississippi County
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'''Mississippi County Courthouse'''<br>200 W Walnut, # 204<br>Blytheville, AR 72315<br>Phone: 870.763.3212<br>[http://www.mcagov.com/offices/county-clerk Mississippi County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has military records from 1850 and probate records from 1865; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records from 1866 and land records from 1865.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
| county_map = Ar-mississippi.png
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=== Mississippi County, Arkansas ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1865
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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| state = Arkansas
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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1865'''  A fire burned the courthouse, resulting in some record loss.<br><br>
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| state_map = Arkansas.png
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Mississippi}}
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*'''1833--'''Mississippi County was created 1 November 1833&nbsp;from [[Crittenden County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crittenden]] County.&nbsp;
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*'''County seat:''' Blytheville<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
| founded year = 1833
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| founded date = November 1
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Mississippi}}
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The following are locations in Mississippi County, Arkansas:
  
| seat wl = Blytheville
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Mississippi}}
  
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Mississippi County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Ruth C. Hale, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=791&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Mississippi County.”</ref>
  
| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/Monroe/Structures/MonroeCourtHouse.htm Monroe County Courthouse]<br>123 Madison Street<br>Clarendon, AR 72029-2794<br>Phone: 870.747.3921 <br>
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*1800s - The population of the county continued to be sparse through the beginning of the 1800s.
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*1811-1812 - the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812, which created the “sunk lands” caused by water rushing into the depressions left by the force of the quakes caused population growth to stop.
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*1833 November 1 - The present Mississippi County was created.
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*1950-2010 - The population of Mississippi County peaked at over 82,300 in 1950. It is currently (2010) at 46,480.
  
| adoption_sign = Adoption ARGenWeb
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Mississippi}}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Mississippi}}
  
[http://www.mcagov.com/ Mississippi County Courthouse]<br>200 W Walnut<br>Blytheville, AR 72315<br>Phone: 870.763.3212 <br><br>County Clerk has military records from 1850 <br>and probate records from 1865; Clerk Circuit Court <br>has divorce and court records from 1866 and land records<br>from 1865<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.</ref>
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Mississippi}}
  
== History  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Mississippi}}
  
*'''1833--'''Mississippi County was created 1 November 1833&nbsp;from [[Crittenden County, Arkansas|Crittenden]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Blytheville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:66%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Mississippi County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=139&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=35 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Mississippi|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Mississippi+county+Arkansas=Mississippi+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=139 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=35 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/mississippi.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/mississippi-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/mississippi/mississippi.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/mississippi.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/mississippi/cemetery.htm] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/mississippi/mississippi.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Mississippi}}
  
See an interactive map of Mississippi County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Mississippi}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Directories ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Mississippi}}
  
*[[Craighead County, Arkansas|Craighead]]
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==== African Americans ====
*[[Crittenden County, Arkansas|Crittenden]]
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{{AR African Americans Intro|Mississippi}}
*[[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin County, Missouri]]
 
*[[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer County, Tennessee]]
 
*[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale County, Tennessee]]
 
*[[Pemiscot County, Missouri|Pemiscot County, Missouri]]
 
*[[Poinsett County, Arkansas|Poinsett]]
 
*[[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby County, Tennessee]]
 
*[[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton County, Tennessee]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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:*1866-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VR9-BZN%3A1076659106%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Osceola] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only; Letters sent and registers of claims, marriages, contracts and indentures''
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Land  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7Q8-9PD%3A353277201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1865-1952] Mississippi County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1869-1906; Probate records 1865-1879; Wills 1898-1952; Wills, letters of administration and guardianship 1866-1909.
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Mississippi}}
  
==== Military  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*Edrington, Mabel Flanningan. ''History of Mississippi County, Arkansas''.Ocala, Florida&nbsp;: Ocala Star-Banner, 1962.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3729381 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Mississippi}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{AR Mississippi  County, Arkansas  Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Mississippi}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Mississippi}}
  
=== FamilyHistory Centers<br>  ===
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Mississippi}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[[Blytheville Arkansas Family History Center|Blytheville Arkansas Family History Center]]<br>
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Mississippi}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Mississippi}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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*'''''Courier News'''''. Blytheville, Arkansas, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=51218 Ancestry.com] ($)
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Mississippi|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Mississippi/ MississippiCounty, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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{{AR Newspapers|Mississippi}}
  
<references />
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Mississippi}}
  
{{Arkansas|Arkansas}} {{Arkansas-stub}}  
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Mississippi}}
  
[[Category:Mississippi_County,_Arkansas]]
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Mississippi}}
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7Q8-9PD%3A353277201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1865-1952] Mississippi County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1869-1906; Probate records 1865-1879; Wills 1898-1952; Wills, letters of administration and guardianship 1866-1909.
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Mississippi}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Mississippi}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Mississippi}}
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1921''' - Mississippi County Marriage Books A-K Index 1861-1921 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasem.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1866 - 1921''' - Mississippi County Marriage Books A-K, 3-23 Index 1866-1921 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Mississippi}}
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Mississippi}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Blytheville Arkansas Family History Center|Blytheville Arkansas Family History Center]]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Mississippi}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Mississippi}}
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Mississippi}}
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== Websites ==
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{{AR Websites Intro|Mississippi}}
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* [http://www.argenweb.net/mississippi/ ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/mississippi/mississippi.htm USGenWeb Archives]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Mississippi/ RootsWeb resources]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://genealogytrails.com/ark/miss/ Genealogy Trails]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Mississippi/ Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/mississippi/ CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194606|Arkansas|Mississippi}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Mississippi}}
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== References ==
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<references />
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{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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Latest revision as of 18:20, 3 October 2017

United States
Arkansas
Mississippi County
 

Guide to Mississippi County, Arkansas 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: Blytheville
Organized: November 1, 1833
Parent County(s): Crittenden[1]
Neighboring Counties
Craighead  • Crittenden  • Dunklin (MO)  • Dyer (TN)  • Lauderdale (TN)  • Pemiscot (MO)  • Poinsett  • Shelby (TN)  • Tipton (TN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
ArkansasMississippiCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-mississippi.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Mississippi County Courthouse
200 W Walnut, # 204
Blytheville, AR 72315
Phone: 870.763.3212
Mississippi County Website

County Clerk has military records from 1850 and probate records from 1865;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records from 1866 and land records from 1865.[2]

Mississippi County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1850 1914* 1865 1865 1865
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1865 A fire burned the courthouse, resulting in some record loss.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1833--Mississippi County was created 1 November 1833 from Crittenden County. 
  • County seat: Blytheville[4]

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Mississippi County, Arkansas:

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Mississippi County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 1800s - The population of the county continued to be sparse through the beginning of the 1800s.
  • 1811-1812 - the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812, which created the “sunk lands” caused by water rushing into the depressions left by the force of the quakes caused population growth to stop.
  • 1833 November 1 - The present Mississippi County was created.
  • 1950-2010 - The population of Mississippi County peaked at over 82,300 in 1950. It is currently (2010) at 46,480.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Mississippi County, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Arkansas Gravestones enter a name and click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1865-1952 Mississippi County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1869-1906; Probate records 1865-1879; Wills 1898-1952; Wills, letters of administration and guardianship 1866-1909.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • Edrington, Mabel Flanningan. History of Mississippi County, Arkansas.Ocala, Florida : Ocala Star-Banner, 1962.

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Courier News. Blytheville, Arkansas, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital 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

Societies

Websites

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb resources. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Genealogy Trails. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Ruth C. Hale, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=791&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Mississippi County.”
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.