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Forrest County, Mississippi

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Forrest County

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.

The Forrest County Seat can be found in Hattiesburg additionally, the county government website is

Regions neighboring Forrest County include Jones County (northeast), Perry County (east), Stone County (south), Pearl River County (southwest), Lamar County (west) and Covington County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Forrest County consist of Hattiesburg, Petal.

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.

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 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 Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Forrest County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Forrest County Courthouse and Government Records

Forrest County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Forrest County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Mississippi courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many Mississippi people.

The odds are very good that your ancestors have left a comprehensive document of at least some factors of their lives in the Forrest County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

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 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.

Forrest County Links

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. Feel free to submit your own most liked Forrest County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Forrest Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Forrest Co. MS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Forrest Co. MS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Forrest Co. MS Census Records

Forrest Co. MS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Forrest Co. MS Church & Bible 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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