DeSoto County, Mississippi Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png  Mississippi Gotoarrow.png  DeSoto County

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Online Records

County Courthouse

De Soto County Courthouse
 2535 Hwy 51 S; Courthouse Square
Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: 662.429.1317

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records. [1]


Parent County

1836--DeSoto County was created 9 February 1836 from Indian Lands.
County seat: Hernando [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1940--Some county records were lost.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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



Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


  • Matthews, Paul A. Early Families of the Memphis Area: Profiles of 135 Families of Fayette, Shelby and Tipton Counties in Tennessee, Crittenden County, Arkansas and DeSoto and Marshall Counties in Mississippi: With Historical Time Lines and Photogrpahs of Those Counties. Memphis, Tennessee: Descendants of Early Settlers of Shelby and Adjoining Counties, 2008. FHL US/CAN Book 976 D2m.



Local Histories



  • Civil War service men from DeSoto 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 DeSoto County. 
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company A - Horn Lake Volunteers [formerly Co. E, 9th MS Infantry]
- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Johnston's)
Company D - DeSoto Greys
- 5th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company K - Ward’s Company
- 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
Company H - Morris’ Company
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry (formerly 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
Company H - Morris’ Company
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
Company E - Horn Lake Volunteers
Company G - DeSoto Guards
Company K - Irrepressibles
- 9th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company A - Capt. Wallace’s Company




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Desoto County, Mississippi page 379, 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).