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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society
P.O. Box 15271
Hattiesburg, Mississippi  39404-5271

                      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.

                      Our Society 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.

 

Member Activities

Monthly meetings are held at the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society located at 107 Park Ave, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the newsletter.

A different guest speaker is arranged every month covering a wide range of topics to aid in our research.

A quarterly newsletter is published and is mailed to each member.

Queries for the newsletters are accepted.

The society sponsors an annual spring seminar which attracts family genealogists from different states.

We arrange field trips to genealogical libraries or places of historical interest and have a social/ dinner meeting in the month of December.

In the past the society published a book on Cemeteries of Forrest County.

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