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Tate County is located in the northwestern portion of Mississippi just east of the Delat. Tate County was formed on December 23, 1873 and was named for the Thomas Simpson Tate, a prominent early settler. Famous actor James Earl Jones if from Tate County.
The county seat, Senatobia, began as a railroad stop on the Senatohoba Creek. Chartered in 1860, it was occupied and partially burned by Union forces during the Civil War.
Senatobia is the home of Northwest Mississippi Community College, a state community college that provides two year academic and technical degree programs. Northwest's system-wide enrollment exceeds 8,000 on three campuses in Senatobia, Southaven, and Oxford. Senatobia is also the home of The Baddour Center, a residential care facility for mild to moderately mentally retarded adults.
On April 13, 1834 early settler James Peters purchased two sections of land from the Chickasaw Nation for the sum of $1.25 per acre. The land purchased later became the town of Senatobia. The name Senatobia, given by Charles Meriweather, was derived from the Indian word Senatohoba, which means “White Sycamore”—a symbol of "rest for the weary."
The county has a total area of 410.95 square miles of which 404.48 square miles is land and 6.47 square miles (1.57%) is water. The population recorded in the 1880 Federal Census was 18,721. The 2010 census recorded just 28,886 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are DeSoto County (north), Marshall County (east), Lafayette County (southeast), Panola County (south) and Tunica County (west). Senatobia is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Coldwater, Arkabutla, Independence, Looxahoma, Sarah, Savage, Strayhorn, Thyatira, and Tyro.
Tate County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Tate County Data links 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 ...READ MORE
Tate County is located in the northwest portion of Mississippi.
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Tate County, Mississippi research.
For a list of Tate County, Mississippi Cemeteries, tombstone photos and more.