Compiled research of
Shannon Gorman

  Shannon Gorman

Born in Marion County

of former Marion County sheriff,
John Homer Willoughby

Former school teacher, real estate broker, Girl Scout leader, soccer coach, Red Cross volunteer, NSDAR
chapter Regent...

Consultant Genealogist
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Marion County, Mississippi

This is a digital repository for genealogy research pertaining to Marion County, Mississippi. There is no registration or fee required to use this website. Please donate Bibles and other tangible items to the Marion County Historical Society. I will post pictures of the Bible, but the actual Bible is not something you should send me. I will post family histories, family stories, family events, obituaries, court records and research pertaining to people who lived in Marion County, Mississippi.

What is now Marion County, is a much smaller area than it was pre-statehood. After 1816, the counties split up. This means there will be information on this website pertaining to families that settled in what is now another county, and in some cases, another state. If your ancestors were ever in the Southeast 1/4 of Mississippi, then I am interested in preserving their history.

Most of the work is mine. I do post work of other genealogy researchers who want their work to be available for future generations. Their work is clearly marked with their names. Please contact them regarding what they wrote.

I own the domain, and pay for hosting myself. That is why there are no advertisements.

Anything I have compiled, edited or written is free to use for any "not for profit" purpose. If you want to use my work to make money, you need my written approval first. Please email me, and put something relevant in the Subject Box of the email or it will go into the trash.

If you are planning a trip to Marion County, be sure to contact the Family History Center, the Marion County Library, the Marion County Historical Society, and the courthouse for hours of operation. Check out Places of Interest, and send me your pictures if you have something you really enjoyed while in Marion County.

Joining the Marion County Mississippi
Genealogy Society- free

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)site. Search by State, and Surname for the land patents of your ancestors. The BLM site does NOT show the land sales of private parties. You need to go to the courthouse to obtain a better history of the land title.

Having trouble finding your ancestors prior to 1850?

Hints for Where to Find your Ancestors

Secrets of the U. S. Census Records

If you are looking for early newspapers, check out the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi. Here is a PDF file of the microfilm numbers for Marion County newspapers

  Marion County, Mississippi Courthouse
Photo taken October 1993 by Calvin Beale
There is a Historical Marker on the Marion County Courthouse lawn that reads,
"Temporary State Capital - The 5th Session of the Mississippi Legislature met in Columbia in Nov. 1821, and in special session, June 1822.  Walter Leake was inaugurated Governor here in January 1822; the legislature passed law for the education of the poor; approved Le Fleur's Bluff, now Jackson,
as the site for the permanent state capital; and adopted Poindexter's Code".
Students Citing Internet Sources for their Papers
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Anitas Cherokee Genealogy Research Resources- PDF
What's New

Mostly Mississippi Database
Mississippi County Formation
2008 Map of Marion County

Postcard Art and History

Mystery Farms

Marion County History
Surname Index
Family Pages

African American Resources
Native American


Deed & Land

Tax Lists


Marriage Records

Marion Military Records
Area Resources


Local Government

Photo Album

Places of Interest