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About Marion County, Mississippi...
Marion County has history older than the state of Mississippi. Founded in 1811, six years before Mississippi was established as the 20th state, Marion County was named after General Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War hero known as the “Swamp Fox.”
Columbia, the county seat, was first named Lott's Bluff. When incorporated in 1819, the name was changed to Columbia, after the South Carolina home of its first settlers, John and William Lott. It was the state’s fourth municipality.
Columbia served as the temporary state capital from November 1821 until early 1822, when the fifth session of the Mississippi Legislature met there. Among the orders of business, legislators inaugurated Governor Walter Leake as the third governor of Mississippi and selected LeFleur’s Bluff, now known as Jackson, as the permanent capital.
The county has a total area of 548.58 square miles, of which 542.34 square miles is land and 6.24 square mile (1.14%) is water. The population recorded in the 1820 Federal Census was 3,116. The 2010 census recorded 27,088 residents in the county.
Neigboring counties are Jefferson Davis County (north), Lamar County (east), Pearl River County, (southeast), Washington Parish, LA (south), Walthall County (west), and Lawrence County (northwest). Communities in the county include Columbia, Bunker Hill, Cheraw, East Columbia, Foxworth, Goss, Hub, Improve, Jamestown, Kokomo, Morgantown, and Sandy Hook.
Marion County, Mississippi Records
Marion County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, cemetery listings, tax records, and more. Look at the Marion County Records links in the menu on the left for a list of available data.
Birth Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains records of births after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by mail by using this birth record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official birth records before November 1, 1912 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.
Death Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains births recorded after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by mail by using this death record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official death records before November 1, 1912 for deaths prior to that date you will need to determine death information from census records, bible records, funeral home records, cemetery tombstones, etc.
Marriage Records - We have thousands of Marion County marriage records here on our website. These dates will assist you greatly in obtaining a copy of the original marriage license. The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with this for marriages that took place between January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938, and for January 1, 1942 to present by mail by using this marriage record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health.
All existing Marion County marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the Marion County Circuit Clerk's office.
Divorce Records - Prior to 1859, divorce proceedings were introduced as private bills in the Mississippi State Legislature. References to these can be found in the books Index of Mississippi Session Acts 1817 - 1865 and Index to the Laws of the Mississippi Territory. These books can be found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as well as many other genealogy repositories and libraries across the state. After 1859, Marion County divorce proceedings were filed in the Marion County Chancery Clerk's office.