Prentiss County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Guide to Prentiss County Mississippi genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Prentiss County Courthouse
PO Box 477;
Booneville, MS 38829-0477
Phone: 662.728.8151

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1870 and land records from 1836. Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records. [1]

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



Parent County

1870---Prentiss County was created 15 April 1870 from Tishomingo County.
County seat: Booneville [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1912--Some records were lost.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



For tips on accessing Prentiss 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Booneville



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 Prentiss 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
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Prentiss County

Map showing Civil war battles in Mississippi.



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


Probate 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.

  • 1870-1879 - Prentiss County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1870-1879. Batch M520251 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1879-1887 - Prentiss County Marriage Books 3 and 4 Index 1879-1887. Batches M520252 and M520253 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1888-1896 - Prentiss County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1888-1896. Batches M520254 and M750996 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1896-1903 - Prentiss County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1896-1903. Batch M751003 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1903-1906 - Prentiss County Marriage Book 9 Index 1903-1906. Batch M751005 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1906-1910 - Prentiss County Marriage Book 10 Index 1906-1910. Batch M751000 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1910-1914 - Prentiss County Marriage Book 11 Index 1910-1914. Batch M750995 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1914-1927 - Prentiss County Marriage Books 12 and 13 Index 1914-1927. Batch M750991 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Prentiss 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).
  3. Heritage Preservation Services Civil War Battle Summaries by State(accessed 2 Aug 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at