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Welcome to Lamar County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network. Our purpose is to provide free resources for genealogical and historical researchers.

To share your genealogy or history information, send an email to msghn@outlook.com - we will be pleased to include it here. If you have information for other Mississippi Counties, consider clicking on the MSGHN link in the Main Menu and visit the appropriate county. Thanks for visiting and good luck with your research!

 



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The following is only a part of what you will find here at Lamar County MSGHN.

Russell Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. SW of Sumrall take Hwy 44 W to Old Salt Rd S to Rocky Branch Rd. Turn left and go to Russell Cemetery Rd to left. 312210N, 0893547W.

Watts Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. From Hwy 44W in Covington Co. take W.M. Johnson Rd SE to Lamar Co. where it is HR Watts Rd. Go just SE of Horne Ln. 312005N, 0893844W.

Clinton Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. From Highway 42 east of Sumrall take Simms Road south to Epley Road. 312415N, 0892755W.

Sumrall Pentecostal Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on the west edge of Sumrall on Apostolic Road just off Highway 42. 312441N, 0893429W.

Nelson Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Little Creek Road about 1/2 mile west of WPA Road. 311431N, 0892837W.

Old Eaton Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. US 98 west to King Road north to Lake Thompson Drive North at Auburn Place. 311952N, 0892453W.

Fairview Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Just west of Sumrall take Highway 44 East off Highway 42. Go to Jones Cemetery Road & turn right. 312414N, 0893526W.

Williamson Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. From Highway 42 in Lamar Co near Jeff Davis Co Line, take Hickory Grove Road south to Williamson Camp Rd take left and go 1/8 mile. 312517N, 0893824W.

Jones Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located just W of Sumrall, take Hwy 44 E off Hwy 42. Go to Jones Cemetery Rd & turn right. 312412N, 0893526W.

Williams Family Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located at the intersection of Williamsburg Road & Rocky Branch Road.

Slade Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Off US 98W take Rocky Branch Rd N to N Slade Rd and turn right. Go past lee Hudson Rd. 311955N, 0893655W.

Hickory Grove Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Just west of Sumrall take Hwy 44 east off Hwy 42. Take Hickory Grove Church Road right and go past Phillips Road. 312300N, 0893815W.

Buchanan Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. From US 98W take Rocky Branch Rd N to N Slade Rd go right and go past Lee Hudson Rd. 311955N, 0893700W.

Little Black Creek Cemetery partial listing with tombstone photos. From Purvis go north on Hwy 589 about 6 miles & turn right at Lee Cemetery sign. Go about 1/2 mile on dirt road. 311319N, 0892659W.

Oral Baptist Church Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located just south of Sumrall on Hwy 589. 312102N, 0892952W.

Pine Ridge / Hartfield Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Hwy 589 about 5 miles north of Purvis. 311208N, 0892640W.

Lee Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. From Purvis go north on Hwy 589 about 6 miles & turn right at Lee Cemetery sign. Go about 1/2 mile on dirt road. 311319N, 0892659W.

Lamar County Cemeteries. We have quite a few cemeteries with burial listings that include tombstone photos. We plan to add more photo listings soon! I am sure there are some cemeteries in Lamar County that are not on the list. How about giving us a hand by sending information on the cemeteries we're missing.



About Lamar County...

On March 13, 1904 Lamar County was created from the second judicial district of Marion County and the northern part of Pearl River County. It was the seventy-sixth county to organize in the state and was named in honor of the Mississippi politician and jurist Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II.

Lamar served as U.S. Representitive, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior under Pres. Cleveland, and also served as a United States Supreme Court Justice. Lamar is the only Mississippian to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The town of Purvis, incorporated in 1886, is the county seat and was named for John Purvis, an early settler and landowner in the area. In April 1908 a hurricane sweeping up from the Gulf of Mexico hit the town killing seven people and injuring hundreds more. During the storm the courthouse clock stopped at precisely four p.m. The clock remained at that time in honor of the dead and injured until the courthouse burned in 1938.

The county has a total area of 500.49 square miles, of which 497.07 square miles is land and 3.42 square mile (0.68%) is water. The population recorded in the 1910 Federal Census was 11,741. The 2010 census recorded 55,658 residents in the county.

Neigboring counties are Covington County (north), Forrest County (east), Pearl River County (south), Marion County (west), and Jefferson Davis County (northwest). Communities in the county include Hattiesburg (mostly in Forrest County), Lumberton (partly in Pearl River County), Purvis, Sumrall, West Hattiesburg, Baxterville, and Oloh.

 

 

Lamar County Records

Lamar County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Lamar 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 recogn ized 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 - The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with original documents 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.