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Harrison County, Mississippi
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Harrison County, Mississippi Facts

When was Harrison County, MS Created?
Harrison County was established on February 5, 1841 from Hancock County.

What is the County Seat of Harrison County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Gulfport and Biloxi additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Harrison County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Stone CountyJackson County and Hancock County.

Harrison County, MS Vital Records

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

Harrison 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 Harrison 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.

Harrison County, MS Census Records

What Harrison County, MS census records are available?
Harrison County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Harrison County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Harrison County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Harrison County Courthouse?
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Harrison county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The Courthouse had a Record loss in 1916. The county was severely damaged from both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.

Harrison County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Harrison Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Harrison Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

Harrison Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Harrison Co. MS General and History Websites

Harrison Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Harrison Co. MS Military Records