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Hancock County is located on the South-Western portion of Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hancock County was organized on December 14, 1812 and was named in honor of John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The county is home to the John C. Stennis Space Center. In 2005 the area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
The county seat is Bay St. Louis, located on the coastline.
The county has a total area of 552.53 square miles of which 476.88 square miles is land and 75.65 square mile (13.69%) is water. The population recorded in the 1820 Federal Census was 1,594. The 2010 census recorded 43,929 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Pearl River County (north), Harrison County (east), and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana (west). Communities in the county include Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, Kiln, Pearlington, Shoreline Park, Bayou Caddy, Clermont Harbor, and Lakeshore.
Hancock County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Hancock 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
Hancock County is located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Hancock County, Mississippi research.
For a list of Hancock County, Mississippi Cemeteries, tombstone photos and more.