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     The county was formed on November 1, 1833, and named for the Mississippi River which borders the county to the east. Mississippi County is part of the First Congressional District in Arkansas. Osceola was named the county seat in 1833 and was first incorporated in 1843. In 1900, it became apparent that a second county court was needed. In a hotly contested election, Blytheville won out over Manila as the location for a new court, and in 1901, the Chickasawba District was created. Jefferson W. Speck, a Mississippi County planter, was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1950 and 1952.
    The 1860 census lists only 3,895 inhabitants in the county. By that time, there were several large plantations, mostly in the southern part of the county near the Mississippi River. Prominent were those of the MacGavock, Grider, Driver, and Fletcher families.


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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Circuit Clerk - Blytheville
200 West Walnut St.
Blytheville, AR 72315
Phone (870)762-2332
Fax (870)763-8148

Circuit Clerk - Osceola
200 West Hale Ave.
Osceola, AR 72370
Phone (870)563-6471
Fax (870)563-5063
County Clerk
Blytheville (870) 762-2411
Blytheville fax (870) 838-7784
Osceola (870) 563-2242
Osceola fax (870) 563-1313
Mississippi County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 483
Osceola, AR 72370

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