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About Tunica County...
Tunica County is located in the northeastern portion of the Delta Region of Mississippi on the Mississippi River. Tunica County was formed on February 9, 1836 and was named after the Tunica Native Americans. Today Tunica County is an important center of tourism in the state built around numerous casinos and resorts. The Tunica area is now the third-largest gaming region in the United States, after Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Its effect on the local economy has spurred population growth in unincorporated parts of the county outside Tunica proper.
The county has a total area of 480.78 square miles of which 454.81 square miles is land and 25.97 square miles (5.40%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 821. The counties population peaked in 1940 at 22,610. The 2010 census recorded just 10,778 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Crittenden County, Arkansas (north), DeSoto County (northeast), Tate County (east), Panola County (southeast), Quitman County (south), Coahoma County (southwest), Phillips County, Arkansas (southwest), and Lee County, Arkansas (west). The town of Tunica is the county seat. Other communities in the county include North Tunica, Austin, Banks, Bowdre, Clayton, Dubbs, Dundee, Evansville, Hollywood, Lost Lake, Maud, Mhoon Landing, Prichard, Tunica Resorts (formerly Robinsonville), and White Oak.
Tunica County Records
Tunica County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Tunica County marriage records and more. Look at the Tunica 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.