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  • Hancock County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Un-Organized Native American lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1812
    County Seat:  Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
              (named Shieldsborough prior to 1882).


    County history - Hancock County is named in honor of John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] - October 8, 1793) was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" became, in the United States, a synonym for signature.


    Hancock Courthouse
    GHLL Hancock County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Hancock County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Hancock County, MS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Hancock County Historical Society / Bay Saint Louis, MS)
    6. US/MSGenWeb site - Hancock County Archives
    7. US/MSGenWeb - Hancock County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Hancock County Chancery Clerk, 152 Main Street, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520.
               Note:  Hancock County does not have any vital records locally. They are all held in the State Dept. of Health.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Pearl River County (north), Harrison County (east), St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
             (west)
    , Gulf of Mexico (South).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Hancock County (Index: 5 pages / Text: 9 pages).


  • Harrison County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Hancock, Jackson, and Perry Counties..
    Established:  xx-xxx-1841
    County Seats:  Gulfport & Biloxi, Mississippi

    County history - Harrison County is named in honor of William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773  April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office.

    Harrison Courthouse
    Biloxi

    Harrison Courthouse
    Gulfport
    GHLL Harrison County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Harrison County, MS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/MSGenWeb site - Harrison County Archives
    7. US/MSGenWeb - Harrison County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Harrison County Circuit Clerk, P. O. Box 998, Gulfport, MS 39502.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Stone County (north), Jackson County (east), Hancock County (west).

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  • Hinds County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Choctaw Indian lands, 18-Oct-1820.
    Established:  12-Feb-1821
    County Seats:  Jackson and Raymond

    County history - Hinds County is named in honor of U.S. Congressman Thomas Hinds (b: 1780 - d:1840). He served as major of cavalry in the War of 1812 and distinguished himself at the Battle of New Orleans, later being brevetted brigadier general for gallantry.

    Hinds Courthouse

    Capitol history - The first building was completed in 1822, the second building in 1833 and the current capitol building was completed in 1903. The building was erected on the site of the old state penitentiary and was designed by Theodore Link, an architect from St. Louis, Missouri. The current Mississippi State Capitol building, often called the "New Capitol," is located in downtown Jackson and has been the home to Mississippi's state legislature since 1903. It is the third capitol building in Jackson.
    — courtesy Wikipedia.



    Mississippi State Capitol

    GHLL Hinds County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Hinds County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Hinds County, MS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/MSGenWeb site - Hinds County Archives
    7. US/MSGenWeb - Hinds County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Hinds County Clerk, P.O. Box 686, Jackson, MS 39205-0686.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Madison County (northeast), Rankin County (east), Copiah County (south),
             Claiborne County (southwest), Warren County (west), Yazoo County (northwest).

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  • Holmes County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Yazoo County.
    Established:  19-Feb-1833
    County Seat:  Lexington, Mississippi

    County history - Holmes County is named in honor of David Holmes (March 10, 1769  August 20, 1832), the fourth Territorial governor, first Mississippi State governor, and later U.S. Senator.

    Holmes Courthouse
    1. Holmes County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Holmes County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Holmes County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Holmes County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Holmes County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Holmes County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Holmes County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Holmes County Vital Records - Holmes County Chancery Clerk, P.O. Box 239, Lexington, MS 39095-0239.

    9. Holmes County - Holmes County is located in the west central part of Mississippi. It was created out of the land originally
               ceded by the Choctaw Indians in the Treaty of Doak's Stand, October 18, 1820 and known as the "New Purchase."


  • Issaquena County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  May 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County.
    Established:  23-Jan-1844
    County Seat:  Mayersville, Mississippi

    County history - Issaquena County is was named for the Choctaw Indian word meaning "deer river."

    Issaquena Courthouse
    1. Issaquena County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Issaquena County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Issaquena County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Issaquena County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 571
          Jackson, MS 39205-0571

    4. Issaquena County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Issaquena County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Issaquena County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Issaquena County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Issaquena County Vital Records - Issaquena Chancery Clerk, 129 Court Street, Mayersville, MS 39113.


  • Itawamba County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Monroe County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Fulton, Mississippi

    County history - Itawamba County is named in honor of Levi Colbert (?-1834), also known as Itawamba, was a Native American of the Chickasaw. Colbert was called Itte-wamba Mingo, meaning bench chief. He and his brothers were prominent translators and negotiators with President Andrew Jackson and United States government representatives related to the tribe's moving west of the Mississippi River.

    Itawamba Courthouse
    1. Itawamba County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Itawamba County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Itawamba County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Itawamba County Historical Society / Mantachie, MS)
    4. Itawamba County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Itawamba County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Itawamba County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Itawamba County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Itawamba County Vital Records - Itawamba County Chancery Clerk, P.O. Box 776, Fulton, MS 38843.


  • Jackson County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Mobile District of the Mississippi Territory.
    Established:  18-Dec-1812
    County Seat:  Pascagoula, Mississippi

    County history - Jackson County is named in honor of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.

    Jackson Courthouse
    1. Jackson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Jackson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Jackson County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Jackson Co. Historical & Genealogical Soc. / Pascagoula, MS)
    4. Jackson County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Jackson County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Jackson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jackson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jackson County Vital Records - Jackson County Clerk, P.O. Box 998, Pascagoula, MS 39567.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ocean Springs Genealogical Society / Ocean Springs, MS)

      Census Information:
    10. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Jackson County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page).


  • Jasper County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 20, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Jones and Wayne Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1833
    County Seats:  Bay Springs & Paulding,                                                     Mississippi

    County history - Jasper County is named in honor of William Jasper (c. 1750  October 9, 1779) was a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was a sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.

    Jasper Courthouse,
    Bay Springs

    Jasper Courthouse,
    Paulding
    GHLL Jasper County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jasper County, MS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/MSGenWeb site - Jasper County Archives
    7. US/MSGenWeb - Jasper County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Jasper County Chancery Clerk, Court Street, Bay Springs, MS 39422.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Newton County (north), Clarke County (east), Wayne County (southeast), Jones
                County
    (south), Smith County (west).

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  • Jefferson County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Creek Indian territory.
    Established:  02-Apr-1799
    County Seat:  Fayette, Mississippi

    County history - Jefferson County, originally known as Pickering, was renamed (11-Jan-1802) after the 3rd U.S. President Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809).

    Jefferson Courthouse
    1. Jefferson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Jefferson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Jefferson County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Claiborne - Jefferson County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 1017
          Port Gibson MS, 39150

    4. Jefferson County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Jefferson County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Jefferson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jefferson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jefferson County Vital Records - Jefferson Chancery Clerk, 307 S Main St., Fayette, MS 39069.

      Census Information:
    9. 1820 Census (T) - Notes, and two pages.


  • Jones County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Covington and Wayne Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1826
    County Seats:  Ellisville & Laurel, Mississippi

    County history - Jones County is named in honor of John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 - July 18, 1792), the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day.

    Jones Courthouse
    Ellisville

    Jones Courthouse
    Laurel
    1. Jones County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Jones County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From HomeTownLocator.com
    3. Jones County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Jones County Genealogical & Historical Organization / Laurel, MS)
    4. Jones County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Jones County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Jones County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jones County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jones County Vital Records - Jones County Chancery Clerk, 415 North 5th Avenue, Laurel, MS 39441-3968.


  • Lamar County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 10, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Marion and Pearl River Counties.
    Established:  19-Feb-1904
    County Seat:  Purvis, Mississippi

    County history - Lamar County is named in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (September 17, 1825  January 23, 1893) was an American politician and jurist from Mississippi. A United States Representative and Senator, he also served as United States Secretary of the Interior in the first administration of President Grover Cleveland, as well as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Lamar Courthouse
    1. Lamar County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lamar County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lamar County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lamar County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lamar County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lamar County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lamar County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lamar County Vital Records - Lamar County Chancery Clerk, 203 Main Street, Purvis, MS 39475.


  • Lawrence County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mississippi Territory lands (Marion County).
    Established:  22-Dec-1814
    County Seat:  Monticello, Mississippi

    County history - Lawrence County is named in honor of James Lawrence (October 1, 1781  June 4, 1813) was an American naval officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded the USS Chesapeake in a single-ship action against HMS Shannon (commanded by Philip Broke). He is probably best known today for his dying command "Don't give up the ship!", which is still a popular naval battle cry.

    Lawrence Courthouse
    1. Lawrence County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lawrence County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lawrence County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lawrence County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lawrence County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lawrence County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lawrence County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lawrence County Vital Records - Lawrence County Chancery Clerk, 517 E Broad St., Monticello, MS 39654-0040.

      Census Information:
    9. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Lawrence County (Index: 1 page / Text: 3 pages)
    10. 1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Lawrence County (Index: 7 pages / Text: 7 pages)


  • Lee County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 28, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Chickasaw cession of 1832 (Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties).
    Established:  26-Oct-1866
    County Seat:  Tupelo, Mississippi

    County history - Lee County is named in honor of Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807  October 12, 1870) was a career United States Army officer, a combat engineer, and among the most celebrated generals in American history. Lee was the son of Major General Henry Lee III "Light Horse Harry" (1756 1818), Governor of Virginia, and his second wife, Anne Hill Carter (1773 1829). He was also related to Meriwether Lewis (1774 1809).


    Lee Courthouse
    1. Lee County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lee County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lee County - US/MSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lee County - US/MSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lee County Vital Records - Lee County Chancery Clerk, 200 West Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38802.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society / Tupelo, MS)


  • Lowndes County, Mississippi —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 7, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Formed from Monroe County and Un-Organized and unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1830
    County Seat:  Columbus, Mississippi

    County history - Lowndes County is named in honor of William Jones Lowndes (1782 1822) was an American lawyer, planter, and statesman from South Carolina who was the son of Rawlins Lowndes, an American Revolutionary War leader from South Carolina.

    Lowndes Courthouse
    GHLL Lowndes County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lowndes County, MS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
      Columbus-Lowndes Genealogical Society
          314 Seventh Street North
          Columbus, MS 39701

      Columbus and Lowndes County Historical Society
         922 7th Street North
         Columbus , MS 39701

    5. US/MSGenWeb site - Lowndes County Archives
    6. US/MSGenWeb - Lowndes County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Lowndes County Circuit Clerk, 521 2nd Ave North, Columbus, MS 39701.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Noxubee County (south), Oktibbeha County (west), Clay County (northwest), Monroe
                County
    (north), Lamar County, Alabama (northeast), Pickens County, Alabama
             (southeast).

        Lowndes County - History & Genealogy

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