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Bolivar County, Mississippi Facts

Bolivar County

When was Bolivar County, MS Created?
Bolivar County was established on February 9, 1836 from Tallahatchie County and Washington County (Choctaw Cession of 1830). Currently the county was named in honor of Simon Bolivar, South American democratic revolutionary .

What is the County Seat of Bolivar County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Cleveland and Rosedale additionally, the county government website is www.co.bolivar.ms.us

What counties are adjacent to Bolivar County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Coahoma County (north), Sunflower County (east), Washington County (south) and Desha County , Arkansas (west).

What cities and towns are in Bolivar County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cleveland, Rosedale, Mound Bayou, Shaw, Shelby, Benoit, Beulah, Boyle, Duncan, Gunnison, Merigold, Pace, Renova, Winstonville, Alligator.


Bolivar County, MS Vital Records

Where can find Bolivar County, MS Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bolivar County vital records can be found at the Mississippi Department of Health which has copies of birth and death records after 1912, Marriage and a Divorce records since 1926. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Mississippi for current fees and application process.

Certified marriages may also be obtained from the Circuit Clerk Court. Certified divorce decrees may also be obtained from the Chancery Clerk Court.

Bolivar County Health Department has birth and death records from November 1, 1912. You may go to any county health department in the State of Mississippi to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

You can search online for Bolivar County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Mississippi Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.


Bolivar County, MS Census Records

What Bolivar County, MS census records are available?
Bolivar County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bolivar Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Bolivar Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bolivar Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bolivar Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You will discover free down loadable and printable census forms to aid with your research.


Bolivar County, MS Courthouse and Government Records


Bolivar County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bolivar County Courthouse?
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Bolivar county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The County Courthouse was burned by Federals in 1863 and entombed by flood in 1865.

  • Bolivar County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 South Court Street, Cleveland, MS 38732
  • Bolivar County Chancery Court Clerk record all documents (warranty deeds, deed of trusts, military discharges, etc) to be in Public Land Records and create and maintain indexes for the documents filed in the land records, such as sectional indexes, direct/reverse indexes, etc. Maintain the Court dockets and file all records of the Court. Record and preserve court minute books. Submit divorce and other statistics to the Mississippi Department of Vital Records
    • Phone: (662)-759-3762
    • Land Records:1836
    • Probate Records: 1861?
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Bolivar County Clerk of Circuit Court include Receiving and fileing all law suits, indictments, motions and other related papers in all Civil and Criminal Cases filed in the Circuit or County Courts. Keeps a record of all Judgments and Executions, Issues marriage licenses and keeps records of marriages.
    • Phone: 662-843-2061
    • Marriage Records: 1866 
    • Court Records:1836
  • Bolivar County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.

Bolivar County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bolivar County, MS?
A list of Bolivar County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Bolivar County, MS Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bolivar County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Bolivar County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is basically a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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