Jackson County, Mississippi

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Jackson County

Jackson County was established on December 14, 1812 from Un-Organized Land. Currently the county was named in honor of Andrew Jackson, War of 1812 hero and seventh U.S. President .

The Jackson County Seat can be found in Pascagoula additionally, the county government website is www.co.jackson.ms.us

Regions neighboring Jackson County include George County (north), Mobile County, Alabama (east), Harrison County (west) and Stone County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Jackson County consist of Gautier, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula.

Jackson 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 Jackson 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.

Jackson County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Jackson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Jackson County Courthouse and Government Records


Jackson County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Jackson 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 Jackson 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Jackson county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Four courthouse fires over the years destroyed many of the early records of Jackson County, the latest fire in 1875.

Please speak to the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most employees will assist people in locating the materials, but it is up to the particular person to undertake the researching.
  • Jackson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 3104 Magnolia St, Pascagoula, MS 39567
  • Jackson 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
    • Address: 2915 Canty Street, Suite R, Pascagoula, MS 39568
    • Phone: 228.769.3124
    • Land Records: 1875
    • Probate Records: 1874
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Jackson 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: 228.769.3040
    • Marriage Records: 1875 
    • Court Records: 1875
  • Jackson County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.
  • Jackson 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.

Jackson County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Jackson 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 Jackson County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Jackson Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. MS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Jackson Co. MS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Jackson Co. MS Census Records

Jackson Co. MS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Jackson Co. MS Church & Bible Records

Jackson Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. MS General and History Websites

Jackson Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. MS Military Records

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