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Wayne County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Waynesboro
Organized: 21 December 1809
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Choctaw (AL)  • Clarke  • Greene  • Jasper  • Jones  • Perry  • Washington (AL)
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Location Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Wayne County.png
Anthony Wayne

County Information


Wayne County is located in the southeast area of the state. This county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[2]

County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
609 Azalea Drive
Waynesboro, MS 39367-0000
Phone: 601-735-2873
Wayne County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has marriage, burial, divorce, probate, court and land records. [3]

Wayne 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 1881 1 Nov 1912 mid 1800s Unknown 1879 1810
Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss

1892 Some records were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1809 Wayne County was created 21 December 1809 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Waynesboro[5]

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Wayne 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.
1810 1,253
1820 3,323 165.2%
1830 2,781 −16.3%
1840 2,120 −23.8%
1850 2,892 36.4%
1860 3,691 27.6%
1870 4,206 14.0%
1880 8,741 107.8%
1890 9,817 12.3%
1900 12,539 27.7%
1910 14,709 17.3%
1920 15,467 5.2%
1930 15,295 −1.1%
1940 16,928 10.7%
1950 17,010 0.5%
1960 16,258 −4.4%
1970 16,650 2.4%
1980 19,135 14.9%
1990 19,517 2.0%
2000 21,216 8.7%
2010 20,747 −2.2%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Wayne County census records online, see: Mississippi 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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Wayne 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

Jasper CountyClarke CountyJones CountyForrest CountyPerry CountyGreene CountyWashington CountyChoctaw CountyMS WAYNE.PNG
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for more resources


Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Wayne County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Wayne County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry Reserves
Company H - McGriff’s Company

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Wayne County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Wayne 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.





Research Facilities


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

  • Mississippi Dept of Archives and History
    P.O. Box 571
    200 North Street
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone: 601-576-6876

Family History Centers

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 Libraries


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



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

  • Wayne County Genealogy Organization
    Waynesboro-Wayne County Library
    1103 A Mississippi Drive
    Waynesboro, MS 39367
    Phone: 601-735-2268
    Toll free: 1-866-735-2268


Research Guides


  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, "Wayne, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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), Wayne 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, "Wayne County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 6 October 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at