Grenada County Data
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About Grenada County...
Grenada County is located in the north-central portion of Mississippi. The earliest known settlers of Grenada County were missionaries who formed an Indian mission school around 1815 in the current town of Elliott. In 1830, the United States government purchased land from the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. It was much of these lands acquired in this treaty that present day Grenada County was formed.
The first town to be organized was Chocchuma, where the land office was located. In 1833 land began to be sold and eventually two rival towns came into ownership of choice sites of land along the Yalobusha River, one called Tullahoma and one Pittsburg. These towns were separated by a section line which is present day Line Street in Grenada. The towns became such bitter rivals that on July 4, 1836, the city of Grenada was formed by the marriage of the two towns.
Grenada County was not actually formed, however, until May 9, 1870 by an act of legislature Through this act, Governor Alcorn appointed five men to make up the first Board of Supervisors for the county, one from each district; J. D. Leflore, Dr. John L. Milton, F. P. Ingram, Andrew Davis and Freelon Townes. The board elected J. D. Leflore as President with Dr. Milton being elected Secretary. Grenada county was utlimately formed from parts of Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha counties.
The county has a total area of 449.38 square miles of which 421.79 square miles is land and 27.58 square miles (6.14%) is water. The population recorded in the 1870 Federal Census was 10,751. The population peaked in 2000 with 23,263 souls counted. The 2010 census recorded 21,906 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Yalobusha County (north), Calhoun County (east), Webster County (east-southeast), Montgomery County (southeast), Carroll County (south), Leflore County (west), and Tallahatchie County (northwest). The City of Grenada is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Bew Springs, Elliott, Glenwild, Gore Springs, Hardy, Holcomb, Le Flore, and Tie Plant.
Grenada County Records
Grenada County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Grenada County marriage records and more. Look at the Grenada 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.