Attala County, Mississippi


Brief History of Attala County

Attala County was created on December 23, 1833 from territory which had been ceded to the United States by the Choctaw Nation in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. Over the years, Attala's boundary lines have remained constant. Many of the earliest pioneers came from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama; and settled in Attalaville, Valena, Burkettsville, and Bluff Springs which are among the oldest settlements in the county. Kosciusko is the county seat.

The earliest that U.S. Census population schedules that are available are for the U.S. Census conducted in 1840.

The Attala County Court House has burned on three separate occasions. The first fire on 28 July 1858 was the most devastating as all records were destroyed. For this reason, no records exist prior to August 1858. The second fire was in July 1860 and although the records on hand were somewhat meager, none were lost. The third fire occured on 26 July 1896 and some records were lost including the county marriage records.

Marriage records from 1896 forward are maintained by the County Clerk and are available at the County Court House on center square in Kosciusko. An index of the marriage records from December, 1896 to 1946 are available on this site.

The Clerk of the Chancery Court has divorce, probate, and Indian records beginning in 1858.

Attala County Mailing List (ATTALA-L)

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Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

Attala County Library

Attala County Library
201 S Huntington Street
Kosciusko, MS 39090-9002
Phone: (662)289-5141

Send correspondence to the attention of:
Ann Breedlove
Genealogy Clerk

Address e-mail: to Ann Breedlove

Attala County Courthouse

Kosciusko - Attala Chamber of Commerce

On the Internet:

Kosciusko -Attala Chamber of Commerce

Mary Ricks Thornton Cultural Center

Attala Historical Society

Attala Historical Society
P. O. Box 127
300 East Washington Street
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: (662)289-5516

Web Site:   Attala Historical Society

Chancery Court Building

Attala County Chancery Court

Chancery Court Clerk
Attala County
230 W. Washington St.
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: (662)289-2921

(The Chancery Court handles wills, probates, guardianships, divorce and land records.)

Attala County Courthouse

Attala County Circuit Court

Sara Reese
Circuit Court Clerk
Attala County
118 W. Washington Street
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: (662)289-XXXX

(The Circuit Court is responsible for marriage records, civil and criminal court records.)


Star Herald Newspaper

Star Herald Newspaper
207 North Madison St.
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: (662)289-2251
Fax: (662) 289-2254
Star Herald web site

MS State Dept of Health

Mississippi State Vital Records Office

Vital Records, State Dept of Health
571 Stadium Drive
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: (601)576-7960
Fax: (601) 576-7505

Web Site:  Vital Statistics, Mississippi

MS Dept of Archives and History

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Post Office Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: (601)359-6850

Web Site:  MS Department of Archives and History

Archives and Library Division
Charlotte Capers Building
100 South State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Phone: (601)395-6876   (for research information)

Search Room
Hours of Service
Monday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
(Small staff - limited reference services)
Reference Desk, (601) 359-6876

National Archives logo

National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

Web Site:  NARA Web Site

Other sites worth investigating:

Mississippi Master County Index
USGenWeb Main Page
World GenWeb

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