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About Calhoun County...
Calhoun County is located in the north-central portion of Mississippi and is named in honor of John C. Calhoun, who was once Vice President of the United States as well as a Senator from South Carolina. Calhoun County was formed on March 8, 1852 while Henry S. Foote was Governor of the State. It was formed from portions of Chickasaw, Yalobusha, and Lafayette counties.
A devastating 1922 courthouse fire (all too common in the state) destroyed all county records except for five land abstract books, some of which date back to 1852 when the county was created.
The county seat is Pittsboro, the smallest county seat in MS. Other Calhoun County communities include: Bruce, Calhoun City, Derma, Vardaman, Big Creek, Pittsboro, Slate Springs, Sarepta, and Banner. Neighboring counties are Lafayette County (north), Pontotoc County (northeast), Chickasaw County (east), Webster County (south), Grenada County (southwest), and Yalobusha County (west). In it's first census in 1860 there were 9,518 residents listed. In the last federal census in 2000 the population was 15,069. The 1860 Federal Census shows a population of 9,518, while the most recent census in 2010 reflects a population of 14,962. The county has a total of 588 sq. miles of which only one sq. mile is water.
Calhoun County Records
Calhoun County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Calhoun County marriage records and more. Look at the Calhoun 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.