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Welcome to George County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network. Our purpose is to provide free resources for genealogical and / or historical researchers.

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The following is only a part of what you will find here at George County MSGHN.

Oak Grove Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 98 about 2/10 mile east of Old Mobile Highway. 305447N, 0882905W.

Pinewood Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. On Highway 26 about 1/4 mile west of Joe Fortner Road.

Pine Bluff Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Turner Whittington Road just off Broome School Road.

Louis Flurry Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is located on Albert Parker Road, just south of Tootle Road.

Cain Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Cain Cemetery Road just north of Burris Havard Road.

Salem Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Heading south on Highway 57 take the first dirt road west past Beach Road. In the woods and is badly overgrown.

Little Sweetwater Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Heading east on Highway 26 take the first road north past Fairly-O'Neal road. Cemetery is at the end of road.

Mixon Mizelle Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. From Benndale, take Highway 26 west to Fairley-O'Neal road and turn north. Take first right.

Canaan Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Near Lucedale on Holland Road just south of Highway 26.

New Life Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Actually in Greene County, but right on the county line with George County on River Road just south of Breeland Road.

Joe P. Fairley Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. On Salem School Road about 1 Mile east of Highway 57.

Cowart Cemetery #3 - Burial listing with tombstone photos. From Fairley-Oneal Road go west on Buddy Fairley Loop, then take pave road to west about 1/2 mile.

Davis Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Southwest of Lucedale on Dickerson Davis Cemetery Road just north of Highway 28.

New Antioch Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. From Lucedale, take Hwy 63S to George Co. High School. Turn right on Camellia Road and go to Twin Creek Road. Cemetery is at intersection with Ruby's Road.

Old Flurry Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. From Hwy 57S take Tootle Road west to Red Creek Road. Turn left, then take immediate right on the cemetery drive.

Sweet Pilgrim Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. West of Benndale on Hwy 26 about 1/4 mile east of Joe Fortner Road.

Straightway Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. West of Lucedale on Hwy 198 (Main St.) about .2 miles west of Hwy 63 on the left.

First Jesus Name Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Highway 57 south, just south of Golden Years Drive on east side of highway.

Mixon Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. From Hwy 57S take Mixon Lake Road west to Dogwood Drive & turn left. Cemetery is on the right just past Honeysuckle Lane.

Williams Family Cemetery - Burial listing with tombstone photos. West of Benndale on Ely Cooper Road about 3/4 mile off Hwy 26. Attached to the rear of Little Sweetwater Cemetery.

Thousands of George County marriage dates. These dates are important in locating copies of marriage licenses at the George County Courthouse.



About George County...

George County was formed on March 16, 1910 from Jackson and Green Counties. The county is bordered on the east by the state of Alabama and is the forty-fourth county in size. At the time of organization Edmond Noel was the governor of Mississippi and William H. Taft was the U.S. President.

Named after US Senator James Zachariah George (1881-1897). State Supreme Court Justice in Mississippi, and U.S. Senator from Mississippi.  Known among his constituents as "the Great Commoner."

Lucedale (incorporated in 1901) is the County Seat and was formed in 1898 shortly after a railroad was built in the area. The town was named for its founder, Gregory N. Luce, who built and operated a lumber business there. Luce settled in the area in 1896, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He founded Luce Farms and Luce Products Inc. in 1914 to provide work for the men who had lost their jobs when Luce was forced to close the lumber mill. Luce Farms was purchased by the Farm Security Administration in 1938 and was divided into 40 acre tracts.

Three state highways converge in Lucedale to form the main street, which was named 15-26-63, for the three highways.

The Chickasawhay and Leaf Rivers converge in the northern part of the county to form the scenic Pascagoula River. The Escatawpa River flows through the southeastern portion of the county from Alabama to Jackson Co., MS. Two major creeks, Black Creek and Red Creek, both flow through the southwest portion of the county.

The county has a total area of 483.63 square miles, of which 478.29 square miles is land and 5.34 square mile (1.10%) is water. The population recorded in the 1910 Federal Census was 6,599. The 2010 census recorded 22,578 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Greene County (north), Mobile County, Alabama (east), Jackson County (south), Stone County (west), and Perry County (northwest). Communities in the county include Lucedale, Agricola, Benndale, Bexley, Crossroads, Merrill, Rocky Creek, Buzzard Roost, Basin, and Shipman.

 

 

George County Records

George County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the George 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.