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Panola County

When was Panola County, MS Created?
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" .

What is the County Seat of Panola County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Batesville and Sardis additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Panola County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Tate County (north), Lafayette County (east), Yalobusha County (southeast), Tallahatchie County (southwest), Quitman County (west) and Tunica County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Panola County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Batesville, Como, Courtland, Crenshaw, Sardis, Pope.

Panola County, MS Vital Records

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

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

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.

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, MS Census Records

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

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, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Panola County Courthouse in Batesville

What genealogical records can I find in the Panola County Courthouse?
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 in Sardis
  • 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, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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