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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 MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Kemper 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
Kemper County is located in the East-Central portion of Mississippi.
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Kemper County, Mississippi research.
For a list of Kemper County, Mississippi Cemeteries, tombstone photos and more.