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Rankin County, Mississippi
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Rankin County, Mississippi Facts

When was Rankin County, MS Created?
Rankin County was established on February 4, 1828 from Hinds County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Rankin County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Madison CountyScott CountySmith CountySimpson County and Hinds County.

Rankin County, MS Vital Records

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

Rankin 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 Rankin 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.

Rankin County, MS Census Records

What Rankin County, MS census records are available?
Rankin County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Rankin County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Rankin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Rankin County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Rankin 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 Rankin 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.

Rankin County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Rankin County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Rankin 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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Rankin Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

Rankin Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rankin Co. MS General and History Websites

Rankin Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rankin Co. MS Military Records