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Hancock County, Mississippi
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Hancock County, Mississippi Facts

When was Hancock County, MS Created?
Hancock County was established on December 14, 1812 from Un-Organized land.

What is the County Seat of Hancock County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Bay Saint Louis additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Hancock County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Pearl River CountyHarrison County and St. Tammany Parish , Louisiana.

Hancock County, MS Vital Records

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

Hancock 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 Hancock 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.

Hancock County, MS Census Records

What Hancock County, MS census records are available?
Hancock County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Hancock County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Hancock County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Hancock County Courthouse?
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hancock county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1853, All records were detroyed. The county was severely damaged from Hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.

Hancock County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Hancock Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hancock Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

Hancock Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hancock Co. MS General and History Websites

Hancock Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hancock Co. MS Military Records