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About Holmes County...

Holmes County is located in the Mississippi Delta Region of Mississippi. Holmes County was created by an act of the Legislature on 19 February 1832. Since Governor Scott opposed the creation of the new county, a two-thirds vote of the Legislature was needed for approval.

Holmes County was origionally part of a vast area known as Hinds County, which was ceded to te United States by the Choctaw Indians in the Treaty of Doaks Stand on 18 October 1820 and the Dancing Rabbit Treaty ten years later.

The county is named for David Holmes, the last Territorial Governor and the first State Governor of Mississippi.

The county seat, Lexington, began as a trading post in the 1820's and was incorporated in 1836. It was here that in 1849 Robert Morris, a Mason and schoolmaster, began the movement that resulted in the creation of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The county has a total area of 764.18 square miles of which 756.00 square miles is land and 8.18 square miles (1.07%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 9,452. The population peaked in 1940 with 39,710 souls counted. The 2010 census recorded 19,198 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Carroll County (north), Attala County (east), Madison County (southeast), Yazoo County (south), Humphreys County (west), and Leflore County (northwest). The town of Lexington is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Durant, Cruger, Goodman, Pickens, Tchula, West, Acona, Coxburg, Ebenezer, Egypt, Franklin, Good Hope, Howard, Ituma, Marcella, Montgomery, Owens Wells, Richland, Thornton, and Tolarville.



 

Holmes County Records

Holmes County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Holmes County marriage records and more. Look at the Holmes 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.