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Lauderdale County

When was Lauderdale County, MS Created?
Lauderdale County was established on December 23, 1833 from Rankin County and Wayne County. Currently the county was named in honor of James Lauderdale, War of 1812 colonel .

What is the County Seat of Lauderdale County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Meridian additionally, the county government website is www.lauderdalecounty.org/

What counties are adjacent to Lauderdale County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Kemper County (north), Sumter County, Alabama (east), Choctaw County, Alabama (southeast), Clarke County (south) and Newton County (west).

What cities and towns are in Lauderdale County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Meridian, Marion.


Lauderdale County, MS Vital Records

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

Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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.


Lauderdale County, MS Census Records

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

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


Lauderdale County, MS Courthouse and Government Records


Lauderdale County Courthouse

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

  • Lauderdale County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 500 Constitution Ave, Meridian, MS 39301
  • Lauderdale 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: 601-482-9701
    • Land Records: 1837
    • Probate Records: 1849
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Lauderdale 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: 601-482-9731
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1856
  • Lauderdale County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.

Lauderdale County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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