When the territory which is now Jackson County, Mississippi was first explored by European settlers in 1698, it was occupied by the Pascagoula, Moctobi, Capinans and Biloxi tribes of Indians.
Today the county, named after U.S. President Andrew Jackson, is Mississippi’s gateway to the Gulf—a modern and thriving metropolitan area of 727 square miles, comprised of 32 cities and towns, with a combined population of 132,000.
Founded in 1812, Jackson County encompasses both industry and a beautiful coastline. It is home to one of largest shipbuilding facilities in the country, as well as other industries including refineries, oil platform builders and chemical manufacturers. In addition, the Port of Pascagoula is one of the 20 largest seaports in foreign cargo volume in the U.S., while the county’s 28 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico boasts of some of the most pristine beaches of all the Gulf States.
In 2002, faced with the county’s continued growth, Terry Miller, Jackson County Chancery Clerk and overseer of the county’s Land Records Office, made a recommendation to the county’s Board of Supervisors to update the county’s old legacy system. The Board approved Miller’s recommendation and a Thomson Reuters records management system was installed. “The Thomson Reuters system is comprehensive,” said Miller. “Compared to other systems, I would rate it the best by far. Their system has added value. It is a very user friendly system which helps us to serve our constituents well. I believe we have the best land records office in the State.”