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Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi Genealogy

Guide to Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Prentiss
Organized: 31 March 1906
Parent County(s): Covington and Lawrence[1]
Neighboring Counties
Covington  • Lamar  • Lawrence  • Marion  • Simpson
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

This county was named for Jefferson Davis. Jefferson Davis County is located in the south-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Jefferson Davis County Courthouse
1025 3rd Street
P.O. Box 1137
Prentiss, MS 39474
Phone: 601-792-4231
Jefferson Davis County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has court and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and probate records.[3]

Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1906 1 Nov 1912 1906 1906 1906 1810
*Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1906 Jefferson Davis County was created 31 March 1906 from Covington and Lawrence Counties.
  • County seat: Prentiss[5]

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Society Hill
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 12,860
1920 12,755 −0.8%
1930 14,281 12.0%
1940 15,869 11.1%
1950 15,500 −2.3%
1960 13,540 −12.6%
1970 12,936 −4.5%
1980 13,846 7.0%
1990 14,051 1.5%
2000 13,962 −0.6%
2010 12,487 −10.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Jefferson Davis County census records online, see: Mississippi Census.


Federal Census


State Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Jefferson Davis County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Multiple Wars

Civil War


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

State Archives

VOTER List

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Listed below are archives in Jefferson Davis County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries

Listed below are libraries in Jefferson Davis County. For state-wide library facilities, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Museums

Societies

Listed below are societies in Jefferson Davis County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Mississippi Societies.

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson Davis, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Davis_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Davis_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 17 September 2019.