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Jackson County, Mississippi Facts

Jackson County

When was Jackson County, MS Created?
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 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, MS?
Bordering Counties are George County (north), Mobile County, Alabama (east), Harrison County (west) and Stone County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Jackson County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Gautier, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula.

Jackson County, MS Vital Records

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

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

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.

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, MS Census Records

What Jackson County, MS census records are available?
Jackson County census records 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, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Jackson County Courthouse?
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.

  • 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, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Jackson County, MS?
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.

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