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

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Rankin County Courthouse
211 E Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone # 601-825-2217

Rankin County; 211 E Government St; Brandon, MS 39042; Ph. 601.825.1469 Details: (Clk Chan Ct has div, pro & land rec from 1829)


Parent County

1828--Rankin County was created 4 February 1828 from Hinds County.
County seat: Brandon [1] 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Seven Incorporated cities

Brandon incorporated in 1831; population >17,317

Pearl incorporated in 1973; population>21961

Florence incorporated in 1905; also known as Steen's Creek; population >2400

Flowood incorporated in 1953; population >5000

Pelahatchie-named from Choctaw word meaning 'crooked creek, incorporated in 1904; population 1500

Puckett community; population 400

Richland incorporated in 1975; >6000'

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Rankin 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.


Brandon Baptist Church
Crossgates Baptist
First Baptist Church of Brandon
Pinelake Baptist


Community Christian Church
New Life Christian Fellowship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Brandon Ward


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon

  • 1858-1927 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon, Baptism Index 1858-1927. Batch C714341 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1842-1921 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Brandon, Marriage Index 1842-1921. Batch M714341 at FamilySearch - free.[2]

Crossgates United Methodist Church


First United Pentecostal Church


Briarwood Presbyterian Church USA
Lakeside Presbyterian Church, E.P.C.


Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Rankin County, Mississippi Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.



  • Civil War service men from Rankin 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 Rankin County. 
- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company E - Ramsey’s Company
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company G - Rankin Rifles
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company H - Rankin Rifles [also listed as Co. A]
- 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company A - Rankin Rough & Readies
Company B - New Guard
Company I - Rankin Greys


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

     Clarion Ledgar



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.


Societies and Libraries

Rankin County Historical Society
P.O. Box 841
Brandon, MS 39043

Brandon Public Library (601)825-2692

Central Mississippi Regional Library System (601) 825-0100

G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (601) 919-1911

Pelahatchie Public Library (601) 854-8764

Reservoir Library (601) 992-2539

Richland Public Library (601) 932-1836

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f2/Igimississippip.pdf.