Lauderdale County was established on 23 December 1833. Named in honor of COL James Lauderdale, who distinguished himself during the War of 1812, the county was a thriving and prosperous concern until about the beginning of the twentieth century when the population began a modest decline. Occupying a land area of approximately 715 square miles, the counties history was in agriculture, logging and the railroad industry. In more recent times, the county has turned to the medical industry and retail sales as the chief employers.
As illustrated, Lauderdale County lies on the eastern boundary of the state of Mississippi, centrally located on the North-South axis. The adjacent counties in Mississippi are Kemper to the North, Neshoba is Northwest, Newton in the West, Jasper is Southwest and Clarke to the South. In Alabama, Lauderdale County adjoins Sumter in the Northeast and Choctow in the Southeast. Click on any of the adjacent county names to access the appropriate site for that county.
World War I Registrants
This new military listing adds more than 12,000 names of Lauderdale County residents who registered for World War I, including some family and resident information.
Be sure to check out our Period Photos section. The Special Cousins section offers nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of well known and unknown Lauderdale county residents and the Barker Family Tree section illustrates the family history of one of Lauderdale county's early families.
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