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About Jackson County...

Jackson County is located in the extreme South-Eastern portion of Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. Jackson County was formed on December 14, 1812 and named in honor of the United States President Andrew Jackson. Jackson County is home to Ingalls Shipyard, one of the premier ship-building facilities in the world. Jackson County is the largest county in Mississippi

The county seat is Pascagoula, a major industrial city in Mississippi that is located on the Gulf Coast.

The county has a total area of 1,043.30 square miles of which 726.90 square miles is land and 316.40 square miles (30.33%) is water. The population recorded in the 1820 Federal Census was 1,682. The 2010 census recorded 139,688 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are George County - north, Mobile County, Alabama - east, Harrison County - west, and Stone County - northwest. Communities in the county include Gautier, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Big Point, Escatawpa, Gulf Hills, Gulf Park Estates, Helena, Hickory Hills Hurley, Latimer, St. Martin, Vancleave, Wade, Eastlawn, East Moss Point, Eastside, Fontainebleau, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Iowana, Kreole, Larue, Navy Homeport, Orange Grove, Pecan, Polfry, Three Rivers, Windsor Park, Vestry, and Brewton.



 

Jackson County Records

Jackson County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Jackson County marriage records and more. Look at the Jackson 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 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 county marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the county's 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, county divorce proceedings were filed in the county's Chancery Clerk's office.