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

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Scott County, Mississippi
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Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 23 December, 1833
County Seat Forest
Address Scott County Courthouse
PO Box 630
Forest, MS 39074
Phone: 601.469.1922
Scott County Courthouse


County Courthouse

Scott County Courthouse
PO Box 630
Forest, MS 39074
Phone: 601.469.1922

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and court records 1900, probate and land records from 1835, old church and cemetery records. Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records. [1]

Beginning Dates for Scott County, Mississippi Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



Parent County

1833--Scott County was created 23 December 1833 from the Choctaw Cession.
County seat: Forest [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Mississippi counties see: Mississippi Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



For tips on accessing Scott County, Mississippi Genealogy 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.



Land and Property

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 Scott County, Mississippi Genealogy. 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.



Civil War
  • Men from Scott 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 Scott County. 
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company K - Mississippi Body Guards
- 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company E - Lake Rebels
Company K - East Mississippi Greys



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Scott County, Mississippi Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Online 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.

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Scott County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 737
Forest 39074

Dancing Rabbit Creek Genealogical Society
114 East Franklin Street
Carthage MS 39051

See also a List of Mississippi Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Mississippi page 382, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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