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Sharkey County is located in the southern Delta Region of Mississippi. Sharkey County was formed on March 29, 1876 from Warren, Washington and Issaquena counties. The county was named for Judge William L. Sharkey, who once was provisional Governor of Mississippi.
A portion of Sharkey County was taken in 1918 and added to help form the new county of Humphreys, to the northeast. Deer Creek runs entirely through Sharkey County.
The county has a total area of 434.88 square miles of which 427.71 square miles is land and 7.17 square miles (1.65%) is water. The population recorded in the 1880 Federal Census was 6,306. Sharkey County's population peaked in the 1910 census at 15,694. The 2010 census recorded just 4,916 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Washington County (north), Humphreys County (northeast), Yazoo County (east), and Issaquena County (south & west). Other communities in the county include Forest, Morton, Lake (partly in Newton County), Sebastopol (small portion in Leake County), Forkville, Harperville, Hillsboro, Homewood, Ludlow, Midway, Norris, and Pulaski.
Sharkey County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Sharkey 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 ...READ MORE
Sharkey County is located in the southern Delta Region of Mississippi.
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Sharkey County, Mississippi research.
For a list of Sharkey County, Mississippi Cemeteries, tombstone photos and more.