Smith County, Mississippi
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Smith County

Smith County was established on December 23, 1833 from Covington County, Jones County and Rankin County. Currently the county was named in honor of David Smith, Revolutionary War major .

The Smith County Seat can be found in Raleigh additionally, the county government website is www.smithcounty.ms.gov/

Regions neighboring Smith County include Scott County (north), Jasper County (east), Jones County (southeast), Covington County (south), Simpson County (west) and Rankin County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Smith County consist of Mize, Raleigh, Taylorsville, Polkville, Sylvarena.

Smith 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 Smith 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.

Smith 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.

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

Smith County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Smith County Courthouse and Government Records


Smith County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Smith 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 Smith 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 Smith County. The dates suggested listed below are the first widely known documents with this county. There has been four courthouses in Raleigh due to fires. After the first courthouse burned, the Old Floyd Hotel was put to use as a courthouse, only to see the same thing happen to it in 1892.  This resulted in the loss of all of the records for Smith County.  A new building was erected and again was destroyed by fire in 1912, destroying practically all of the records.  The present courthouse was built in 1912.

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.
  • Smith County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 212 Sylvarena Ave, Raleigh, MS 39153
  • Smith 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: 601-782-8911
    • Land Records: 1892
    • Probate Records: 1893
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Smith 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: 601-782-4751
    • Marriage Records: 1912 
    • Court Records: ?
  • Smith County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.
  • Smith 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.

Smith County Links

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

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Smith Co. MS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Smith Co. MS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Smith Co. MS Census Records

Smith Co. MS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Smith Co. MS Church & Bible Records

Smith Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Smith Co. MS General and History Websites

Smith Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Smith Co. MS Military Records

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