Rankin County, Mississippi

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Rankin County

Rankin County was established on February 4, 1828 from Hinds County. Currently the county was named in honor of Christopher Rankin, U.S. Representative from Mississippi .

The Rankin County Seat can be found in Brandon additionally, the county government website is www.rankincounty.org/

Regions neighboring Rankin County include Madison County (north), Scott County (east), Smith County (southeast), Simpson County (south) and Hinds County (west).

Cities and towns found in Rankin County consist of Brandon, Flowood, Jackson , Pearl, Richland, Florence, Pelahatchie, Puckett.

Rankin 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 Rankin 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.

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

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

Rankin County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Rankin County Courthouse and Government Records


Rankin County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Rankin 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 Rankin 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 Rankin County. The dates suggested listed below are the first widely known documents with this county.

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.
  • Rankin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 E Government St, Brandon, MS 39042
  • Rankin 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: 211 East Government Street, Suite D, Brandon, MS 39042
    • Phone: 601-825-1469
    • Land Records: 1824
    • Probate Records: 1828
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Rankin 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.
    • Address: 215 East Government Street, Suite A, Brandon, MS 39042
    • Phone: 601-825-1466
    • Marriage Records: 1828 
    • Court Records: 1819
  • Rankin County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.
  • Rankin 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.

Rankin County Links

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

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Rankin Co. MS Church & Bible Records

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