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About Wayne County...

Wayne County is located in the southeastern portion of Mississippi on the Alabama border. Wayne County was formed on December 21, 1809 and was named after the Revolutionary war hero, General Anthony Wayne.

Waynesboro, the county seat, owes its existence to the Mobile and Ohio railroad that was constructed through the County in 1854. A station was built and was named Waynesboro. By 1860, some 15 to 20 families called Waynesboro home and in 1876, the town was granted a charter of incorporation by the state, and became the county seat of government. A school and at least two churches were also established around this time.

A new brick courthouse was constructed in 1892, replacing a structure that was destroyed by fire. It would ultimately stand until being replaced in 1935 and would be torn down in 1958.

State Line sits on the border of Wayne and Greene counties in rural Southeast Mississippi, and lives up to its name as the town is but a stone's throw from Alabama. State Line was a prominant rail stop along the old Gulf, Mobile and Ohio line, and the town's historic business district was developed parallel to the old thoroughfare.

The county has a total area of 813.50 square miles of which 810.32 square miles is land and 3.18 square miles (0.39%) is water. The population recorded in the 1810 Federal Census was 1,253. The 2010 census recorded just 20,747 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Clarke County (north), Choctaw County, Alabama (northeast), Washington County, Alabama (southeast), Greene County (south), Perry County (southwest), Jones County (west), Jasper County (northwest). The town of Waynesboro is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Cuckatunna, Clara, State Line, Buckatunna, and Tokio.



 

Wayne County Records

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