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Finding Your Roots - Free

Every Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM, South Mississippi Genealogy Library, 307 2nd Ave, Hattiesburg, MS. Phone: 601-606-4700 or 601-271-2384

Experienced genealogy researchers will help you learn about your family's origins and history. Use our library resources and learn how to use Internet sources and local government records. You'll learn basic research techniques and resources, and how to document your family tree and preserve your findings.

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ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society

307 2nd Ave

Hattiesburg, Mississippi  39401-3887

Mission Statement

The object of the society shall be to collect, preserve and disseminate genealogical research and to encourage and instruct members in their proper documentation of findings.

History

  In 1981, a group interested in genealogy took a class taught by Dr. William McCain at the University of Southern Mississippi. This group decided to meet to help each other in their interest and research of family histories. Out of this group our non-profit organization was formed. There were 21 present at this meeting and Dr. Hugh Barnes was elected organizational president.

At the October 13, 1981 meeting, it was decided the name of the group would be South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society. Meetings continued informally until June 1982 when By-laws were adopted. Article II states the objective of the society. It reads: "The object of the society shall be to collect, preserve and disseminate genealogical research and to encourage and instruct members in their proper documentation of findings"

Dr. William McCain served as president from October 12, 1982 to June 1986.