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DeSoto County, Mississippi Facts

DeSoto County

When was DeSoto County, MS Created?
DeSoto County was established on February 9, 1836 from Monroe County and Washington County. Currently the county was named in honor of Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of the Americas.

What is the County Seat of DeSoto County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Hernando additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to DeSoto County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Shelby County , Tennessee (north), Crittenden County , Arkansas (west), Tunica County (southwest), Tate County (south) and Marshall County (east).

What cities and towns are in DeSoto County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven, Walls, Memphis.

DeSoto County, MS Vital Records

Where can find DeSoto County, MS Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
DeSoto 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.

DeSoto 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 DeSoto 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.

DeSoto County, MS Census Records

What DeSoto County, MS census records are available?
DeSoto 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.

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

DeSoto County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

DeSoto County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the DeSoto County Courthouse?
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in DeSoto county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Record loss, courthouse burned in 1940.

  • DeSoto County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2535 Hwy 51 S., Hernando, MS 38632
  • DeSoto 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) 429-1318
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1836
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • DeSoto 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: 662-429-1325
    • Marriage Records: 1845 
    • Court Records: 1854
  • DeSoto County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.

DeSoto County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in DeSoto County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to DeSoto 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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DeSoto Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

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DeSoto Co. MS Military Records

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