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Forrest County, MS Public Records

Circuit Court
PO Box 992
Hattiesburg, MS 39403 http://forrestcountyms.us/
Hours: 8AM-5PM CST
P: 601-582-3213
F: 601-545-6065
Couriers: 630 Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Small Claims, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No juvenile or expunged records released
Justice Court
700 Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 forrestcountyms.us/?page_id=140
Hours: 8AM-5PM CST
P: 601-544-3136
F: 601-545-6114
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $3,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Court also handles bond setting/1st appearance for felonies. Searches performed by court only on Thursdays, or after 2PM rest of week (if time allows). Note part Hattiesburg lies in Lamar County and the town of Petal lies in Forrest and Perry counties.
County Court
PO Box 992
Hattiesburg, MS 39403 http://forrestcountyms.us/
Hours: 8AM-5PM CST
P: 601-582-3213
F: 601-545-6065
Couriers: 630 Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Under $200,000, Small Claims, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No juvenile or expunged records released
Chancery Court
PO Box 951
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 forrestcountyms.us/?page_id=106
Hours: 8AM-5PM CST
P: 601-545-6040
F: 601-545-6017
Couriers: 641 Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Jurisdiction: Probate, Civil Land, Divorce, Family
Online access is provided to subscribers at http://courts.ms.gov/mec/mec.html. This is an electronic case filing system, so not all historical cases are included. There is a $10.00 annual fee and a $.20 per page view. No identifiers are provided.

Forrest County, MS Vital Records

Contact the Forrest County Office of the Chancery Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Forrest County
Chancery Clerk
641 Main St
Chancery Clerk's Office
hattiesburg, MS 39401 forrestcountyms.us/?page_id=136
8AM-5PM CST
Phone: 601-545-6040
Fax: 601-545-6095

Forrest County Vital Certificates

Forrest County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Forrest County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 466.58 sq mi
Population (2009): 81,078
  • Females: 52.6%
  • White: 61.8%
  • Black/African American: 35.6%
  • Asian: 1.3%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 2.6%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 59.5%
Population Change (2000-2009): 8,472
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 2.0%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 4.1%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 24.3%
High School Graduates (2000): 79.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 22.8%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.47
Housing Units (2000): 29,913
Homeownership Rate (2000): 60.2%
Migration Flow to Forrest County, MS from (2007-2008):

Forrest County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $1,971,260
  • Construction: $107,800
  • Retail Trade: $167,883
  • Professional and Technical Services: $82,337
  • Healthcare: $327,117
  • Banking: $54,822
  • Retail Trade: $167,883
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $59,099
  • Manufacturing: $144,273
  • Farms: $6,867
  • Government: $613,813
Employed (2000): 31,852
Unemployed (2000): 2,730
Unemployment Rate (2009): 7.8%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $26,268
Local Government Employment (2007): 7,141
Local Government Revenue (2007): $405,488 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $204,312 (thou. dol.)

Forrest County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 1,319
  • Per 1,000 population: 16.7
Deaths (2007): 670
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.5
Infant Deaths (2007): 20
  • Per 1,000 population: 15.2

Forrest County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 218
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 7
  • Forcible rape: 20
  • Robbery: 115
  • Aggravated Assault: 76
Property Crimes (2008): 2,418
  • Burglary: 566
  • Larceny-Theft: 1,728
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 124

Forrest County Genealogy Records