Mississippi County, Arkansas

Mississippi County was created on November 1, 1833 and was formed from Crittenden County. Parts of Mississippi County were used to form the following counties: Craighead 1859. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of Crittenden annexed 18 January 1861. The county was named for the the Mississippi River.

Currently the Mississippi County Seat can be found in Blytheville & Osceola and in addition the county government website is www.mcagov.com/

Areas next to Mississippi County happen to be Dunklin County, Missouri (northwest), Pemiscot County, Missouri (north), Dyer County, Tennessee (northeast), Lauderdale County, Tennessee (east), Tipton County, Tennessee (southeast), Crittenden County (south), Poinsett County (southwest), Craighead County (west).

Cities and towns located in Mississippi County consist of Bassett, Birdsong, Blytheville, Burdette, Dell, Dyess, Etowah, Gosnell, Joiner, Keiser, Leachville, Luxora, Manila, Marie, Osceola, Victoria, Wilson.

Mississippi County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Mississippi County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Mississippi County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Mississippi Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Mississippi County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Mississippi Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Mississippi Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mississippi Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mississippi Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Mississippi County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Mississippi County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Mississippi County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Mississippi County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Mississippi County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Mississippi County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 200 West Walnut Street, Blytheville 72315 or 200 West Hale Avenue, Osceola 72370; 870-763-3212, unless otherwise noted. Arkansas History Commission information shows record loss from a courthouse fire in 1865.

  • Mississippi County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Mississippi county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Mississippi County. They are also the ex-officio Mississippi county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Mississippi county.
    • Phone: (870) 762-2332
    • Court Records: 1865
    • Land Records: 1844
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Mississippi County Clerk, as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Mississippi county.
    • Phone: (870) 762-2411
    • Marriage Records: 1867 
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Mississippi County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 763-6860

Mississippi County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Mississippi County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Mississippi County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Mississippi Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Mississippi Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Mississippi Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Mississippi Co. AR Census Records

Mississippi Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Mississippi Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Mississippi Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Mississippi Co. AR General and History Websites

Mississippi Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Mississippi Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mississippi Co. AR Military Records

Mississippi Co. AR Schools & Directories

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