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Mississippi County, Arkansas
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Mississippi County, Arkansas Facts

When was Mississippi County, AR Created?
Mississippi County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Mississippi County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Blytheville & Osceola and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Mississippi County, AR?
Bordering Counties are 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).

What cities and towns are in Mississippi County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bassett, Birdsong, Blytheville, Burdette, Dell, Dyess, Etowah, Gosnell, Joiner, Keiser, Leachville, Luxora, Manila, Marie, Osceola, Victoria, Wilson.

Mississippi County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Mississippi County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mississippi County vital records can be found at 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, AR Census Records

What Mississippi County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Mississippi County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Mississippi County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Mississippi County Courthouse in Osceola

What genealogical records can I find in the Mississippi County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Mississippi County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

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. 

Mississippi County Courthouse
in Blytheville
  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Mississippi County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Mississippi County, AR?
A list of Mississippi County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Mississippi County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Mississippi County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Mississippi Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Mississippi Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Mississippi Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Mississippi Co. AR General and History Websites

Mississippi Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mississippi Co. AR Military Records

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