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About Winston County...

Winston County was established as a county by the Mississippi Legislature on December 23, 1833. Its county seat is Louisville (chartered in 1836). Winston County and the city of Louisville are named for Louis Winston (1784–1824), a colonel in the militia, a prominent lawyer, and a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Curiously, Winston County, Alabama is named after a relative of Louis Winston.

Winston county is the site of Nanih Waiya, an ancient mound built in the Woodland period, about 1 CE-300 CE. Since the 17th century, it has been venerated by the historic Choctaw people of this territory. Since 2008 it has again been held by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a federally recognized tribe. According to Choctaw legend, the tribe originated at Nanih Waiya.

The county has a total area of 610.11 square miles of which 606.97 square miles is land and 3.14 square miles (0.50%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 4,650. The population peaked in 1940 at 22,751. The 2010 census recorded 19,198 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Oktibbeha County (north), Noxubee County (east), Kemper County (southeast), Neshoba County (south), Leake County (southwest), Attala County (west), and Choctaw County (northwest). The county seat is the city of Louisville. Other communities in the county include Gum Springs, Noxapater, Millcreek, Deposit, Rural Hill, Lobutcha, Vowell, Estes, Hinze, Claytown, Finnis Hook, Plattsburg, Liberty, Handle, Ellison Ridge, Boon, Highpoint, and Vernon.


 

Winston County Records

Winston County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Winston County marriage records and more. Look at the Winston 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.