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Forrest County, Mississippi Facts

Forrest County

When was Forrest County, MS Created?
Forrest County was established on April 19, 1906 from Perry County. Currently the county was named in honor of Nathan B. Forrest, Confederate general during the American Civil War.

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

What counties are adjacent to Forrest County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Jones County (northeast), Perry County (east), Stone County (south), Pearl River County (southwest), Lamar County (west) and Covington County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Forrest County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hattiesburg, Petal.

Forrest County, MS Vital Records

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

Forrest 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 Forrest 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.

Forrest County, MS Census Records

What Forrest County, MS census records are available?
Forrest County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. You will discover free down loadable and printable census forms to aid with your research.

Forrest County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Forrest County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Forrest County Courthouse?
The below specifics denotes whatever birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Forrest County. The dates suggested listed below are the first widely known documents with this county.

  • Forrest County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 641 N Main St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  • Forrest 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: 601-545-6014
    • Land Records: 1906
    • Probate Records: 1906
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Forrest 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: 601-582-3213
    • Marriage Records: 1906 
    • Court Records: 1906
  • Forrest County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.

Forrest County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Forrest County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Forrest 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.

Forrest Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Forrest Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

Forrest Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Forrest Co. MS General and History Websites

Forrest Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Forrest Co. MS Military Records

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