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Welcome to the DeSoto County MS website for genealogical research. My name is Tim Harrison and I am the Coordinator of this website. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or contributions.

History of DeSoto County

Desoto County was established on Feb. 9, 1836, and is one of the twelve counties formed in that year from the Chickasaw Indian cession of 1832. The county is bounded on the north by Shelby County, TN, on the south by the counties of Tate and Tunica, on the east by Marshall County and on the west by the Mississippi River and Crittenden County, AR. Hernando is the county seat. The area of Desoto County is about six hundred square miles.

Desoto County was named in honor of Hernando De Soto, the county seat taking his Christian name. Among the early settlers were the families of the Condras, Paynes, Sanders, Cobbs, McMahans, Blockers, Finns, Atelinsons, Browns, Walkers, Martins, Mitchells, Moselys, and Cartrights.

The Louisville, New Orleans and Texas railroad cross the county on the west side with the Illinois Central crossing in the center and east. Some of the towns besides the county seat were: Alpika, Blythe, Bright, Cedarview, Cockrum, Cublake, Days, De Soto Front, Eudora, Grover, Horn Lake, Ingram's Mill, Kelly, Lake View, Lewisburg, Love's Station, Miller, Moorotown, Nesbit, Norfolk, Olive Branch, Penton, Pleasant Hill and Plum Point.

County Resources
Court Records
Family Records
Genealogical Society
Land - offsite link
Other Records
Queries/Mailing Lists
Vital Records

What's New on DeSoto County

Sept 2011:

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