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Adams County was formed from part of Pickering County on April 2, 1799 some eighteen years before Mississippi was admitted into the Union. The County was named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams.
The county seat is Natchez, a city with a colorful history relating to the life on the river known as "Big Muddy", gambling, and antebellum homes. Some historians believe that DeSoto and his men visited this area in 1543 and DeSoto may have died and been buried in Lake St. John, west of what is now Natchez. The majority of historians however, believe DeSoto was buried in present day Lake Village, Arkansas.
The French built Fort Rosalie in 1716 at present-day Natchez, an area occupied by the Natchez American Indians. Sited close to the main Natchez settlement, called the Grand Village of the Natchez, Fort Rosalie served as the primary French stronghold and trading post among the Natchez Indians. Growing tension between the French and the Natchez erupted into violence several times during the 1720s, resulting in a massive attack by the Natchez on November 28, 1729. Fort Rosalie was wiped out with hundreds of settlers killed ....READ MORE
Adams County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, census records, and more. Look at the Rankin County Data links 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 Adams 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 Adams County marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the Adams County 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, Adams County divorce proceedings were filed in the Adams County Chancery Clerk's office.
Adams County is located on the Mississippi River in the southwest part of the state along the border with Louisiana.
A list of Adams County communities & places. Some of these have additional history information.
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Adams County, Mississippi research.
For a list of Adams County, Mississippi Cemeteries, tombstone photos and more.
A list of Adams County, Mississippi Churches with photos and additional information for many.