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Panola County, Mississippi

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Panola County

Panola County was established on February 9, 1836 from Monroe County and Washington County (Chickasaw cession of 1832) . Currently the county was named for the Native American for "cotton" .

The Panola County Seat can be found in Batesville and Sardis additionally, the county government website is

Regions neighboring Panola County include Tate County (north), Lafayette County (east), Yalobusha County (southeast), Tallahatchie County (southwest), Quitman County (west) and Tunica County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Panola County consist of Batesville, Como, Courtland, Crenshaw, Sardis, Pope.

Panola 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 Panola 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.

Panola County 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.

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

Panola County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Panola County Courthouse and Government Records

Panola County Courthouse in Batesville

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Panola 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.

Panola County Courthouse in Sardis

The odds are very good that your ancestors have left a comprehensive document of at least some factors of their lives in the Panola 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 Panola County. The dates suggested listed below are the first widely known documents with this county. The county suffered some record loss in 1886. The list below summarizes some of the records available at each Court House. First District Court House, Sardis: Probate Court Records - 1836, Second District Court House, Batesville:Chancery Court Records - 1880, Guardian Bonds - 1880, Deed Records - 1836, Marriage Records - 1880

  • Panola County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 215 Pocahontas Exd, Sardis, MS 38666
    • Address: 151 Public Square, Batesville, MS 38606
  • Panola 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: Sardis - 662-487-2070; Batesville, - 662-563-6205
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1845
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Panola 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: Sardis - 662-487-2073; Batesville, - 662-563-6210
    • Marriage Records: 1871 
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Panola County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.
  • Panola 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.

Panola County Links

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

Panola Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Panola Co. MS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Panola Co. MS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Panola Co. MS Census Records

Panola Co. MS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Panola Co. MS Church & Bible Records

Panola Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Panola Co. MS General and History Websites

Panola Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Panola Co. MS Military Records

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