Kemper County Data
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About Kemper County...
Kemper County is located in the East Central portion of Mississippi on the Alabama border. Kemper County was formed on December 23, 1833, one of sixteen counties formed from land the Choctaw Indians ceeded with the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit.
The county was named in honor of Virginia native Colonel Reuben Kemper who moved with his brothers Samuel and Nathan to the Fort Adams area, became a leader of the 1811 West Florida Rebellion against Spain, and fought under Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.
Unfortunately for genealogists, the Kemper County Courthouse burned in 1882, resulting in a total loss of all county records up to that time.
The county has a total area of 767.00 square miles of which 766.13 square miles is land and 0.87 square miles (0.11%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 7,663. The 2010 census recorded 10,456 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Noxubee County (north), Sumter County, Alabama (east), Lauderdale County (south), Neshoba County (west), and Winston County (northwest). Communities in the county include De Kalb, Scooba, Preston, Porterville, Bogue Chitto (mostly in Neshoba County), Electric Mills, Gholson, Kellis Store, Minden, Moscow, Union Hill, and Wahalak.
Kemper County Records
Kemper County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Kemper County marriage records and more. Look at the Kemper 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.