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Tippah County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

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County Facts
County seat: Ripley
Organized: 9 February 1836
Parent County(s): Chickasaw Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alcorn  • Benton  • Hardeman (TN)  • Prentiss  • Union
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

This county was named for a Chickasaw word meaning "cut off." It was taken from the creek of the same name. Tippah County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Tippah County Courthouse
PO Box 99
Ripley, MS 38663
Phone: 662-837-7374
Tippah County Website

Clerk Chancery Court or Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1856.[3]

Tippah County, Mississippi Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1856 1 Nov 1912 1856 1836 1856 1810
Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record LossEdit

1863 Some records were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1836 Tippah County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession.
  • County seat: Ripley[5]

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

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Brownfield


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Tippah County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information

 

Census RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Tippah County. 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.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Tippah 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 Tippah County:

- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
Company K - Beauregard Relief
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisans (Also known as 2nd Partisan Rangers Cavalry/Ballentine’s)
Company E - McDowell’s Company
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi State Cavalry
Company A - Citizen Guards
Company K - Pettus Rangers
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company B – O’Connor Rifles
Company D – Joe Matthews
Company F – Magnolia Rifles
Company L – Liberty Guards
- 3rd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
Company F - Tippah Highlanders
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company G - Daniel’s Company
- 7th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company A - Forrest Cavalry, aka Ford’s Company
Company B - Hovis’ Company
Company C - Green’s Company
Company D - Holcomb’s Company
Company E - Buncomb’s Fighting Cocks, aka Rogers’ Company
Company F - Duncan’s Company
Company G - Stancill’s Company, aka Garrett’s Company, and aka White’s Company
Company H - Wheeler’s Company, aka Polk’s/Park’s Company
Company I - McKenzie’s Company, aka Young’s Company
Company L - Garrett’s Company
- 32nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company E - Hatchie Tigers

World War I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the Tippah County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Tippah County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Records Mississippi Tippah County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Tippah County Historical and Genealogical Society
    308 North Commerce Street
    Ripley, MS 38663
    Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Tippah, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippah_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tippah County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tippah County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippah_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 2 October 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f2/Igimississippip.pdf.