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DeSoto County, Mississippi
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DeSoto County, Mississippi Facts

When was DeSoto County, MS Created?
DeSoto County was established on February 9, 1836 from Monroe County and Washington County.

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

What counties are adjacent to DeSoto County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Shelby County , Tennessee, Crittenden County , Arkansas, Tunica CountyTate County and Marshall County.

DeSoto County, MS Vital Records

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

DeSoto 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 DeSoto 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.

DeSoto County, MS Census Records

What DeSoto County, MS census records are available?
DeSoto County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

DeSoto County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

DeSoto County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the DeSoto County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of DeSoto County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Mississippi courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Mississippi residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the DeSoto County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Mississippi Corthouse Records Research Guide.

DeSoto County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in DeSoto County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to DeSoto 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.

DeSoto Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

DeSoto Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

DeSoto Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

DeSoto Co. MS General and History Websites

DeSoto Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

DeSoto Co. MS Military Records