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Smith County, Mississippi Facts

Smith County

When was Smith County, MS Created?
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 .

What is the County Seat of Smith County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Raleigh additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Smith County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Scott County (north), Jasper County (east), Jones County (southeast), Covington County (south), Simpson County (west) and Rankin County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Smith County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Mize, Raleigh, Taylorsville, Polkville, Sylvarena.

Smith County, MS Vital Records

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

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

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.

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, MS Census Records

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

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, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Smith County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Smith County Courthouse?
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.

  • 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, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Smith Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

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Smith Co. MS Military Records

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