Rankin County, Mississippi Genealogy

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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.


Brandon Baptist Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church USA

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Siants-Brandon Ward

Community Christian Church

Crossgates Baptist

Crossgates United Methodist Church

First Baptist Church of Brandon

First United Pentcostal Church

Lakeside Presbyterian Church, E.P.C.

New Life Christian Fellowship

Pinelake Batist



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


     Clarion Ledgar



Vital 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).