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Yalobusha County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Coffeeville and Water Valley
Organized: 23 December 1833
Parent County(s): Choctaw Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calhoun  • Grenada  • Lafayette  • Panola  • Tallahatchie
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Location Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Yalobusha County.png
Yalobusha County Courthouse District 2

County Information


This county was named with a Native American word meaning "tadpole place". Yalobusha County is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Yalobusha County Courthouse District 1
14400 Main Street
P.O. Box 260
Coffeeville, MS 38922
Phone: 662-675-2716
Fax: 662-675-8004

Yalobusha County Courthouse District 2
201 Blackmur Drive
P.O. Box 664
Water Valley, MS 38965-0664
Phone: 662-473-2091
Fax: 662-473-3622

Yalobusha County Website

Clerk Chancery Court in Water Valley has divorce, probate, court and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court in Coffeyville has marriage records.[3]

Yalobusha 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 1847 1 Nov 1912 1834 1834 1834 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

  • 1833 Yalobusha County was created 23 December 1833 from the Choctaw Cession.
  • County seat: Coffeeville and Water Valley[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
Ghost towns

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Yalobusha 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.
1840 12,248
1850 17,258 40.9%
1860 16,952 −1.8%
1870 13,254 −21.8%
1880 15,649 18.1%
1890 16,629 6.3%
1900 19,742 18.7%
1910 21,519 9.0%
1920 18,738 −12.9%
1930 17,750 −5.3%
1940 18,387 3.6%
1950 15,191 −17.4%
1960 12,502 −17.7%
1970 11,915 −4.7%
1980 13,139 10.3%
1990 12,033 −8.4%
2000 13,051 8.5%
2010 12,678 −2.9%
Source: "".

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

USGenWeb Census Project

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

African Americans

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 Yalobusha 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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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Yalobusha 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 Yalobusha County:

- 1st Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters
Company C - Capt. Leigh’s Independent Company
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company D - Tillatoba Grays
- 2nd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry (became the 48th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry)
Company - Dixie Boys
- 48th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (from the 2nd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry)
Company D - Dixie Boys
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisans (Also known as 2nd Partisan Rangers Cavalry/Ballentine’s)
Company F - Reason’s Company
Company I - Eskridge’s Company
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company E - Richmond’s Company
Company F - Kennedy’s Company
Company K - Barksdale’s Rangers
- 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
Company C - Duff Guards
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry (formerly 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's))
Company C - Duff Guards

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

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


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



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

Yalobusha County Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 258
Coffeeville, MS 38922-0258


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, "Yalobusha, 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), Yalobusha 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, "Yalobusha County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 10 October 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at