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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


March Meeting information.

Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I

In 1917, Choctaw Indians were not citizens of the United States, but they volunteered to fight in WWI and helped win key battles in the Meusse-Argonne area. The Germans were able to decipher all of the allied forces' coded communications until a group of 19 young Choctaw men used their native language to transmit messages the Germans were never able to decipher. Within 72 hours the Germans were retreating and the Allies on full attack. Their success likely brought an earlier end to the war, saved many lives, and paved the way for use of Navajo code talkers in WWII. Yet their contribution was not publicly recognized for many years. March 3, at 7:00 PM, 107 S. Park Avenue, Hattiesburg. Tips for researching Native American ancestry will be given. This is a free program open to the public. Genealogy Library opens at 6:00 PM for researchers.

Contact Kathy Goss for more information: or 601-544-5210.

The final version of our by-laws has been upload. Read them here.

South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society meets at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of each month at 107 South Park Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS. The meeting room and library are located in the rear part of the Hattiesburg Water Dept. Bldg in the edge of Kamper Park. On rare occasion the date for a meeting is moved or canceled in which case a notice will be posted.

The Library of the South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical  is open each Saturday morning from 9 am to 3 pm except on major holidays. It is also open at 6pm before each meeting. Appointments at other times can be arranged by calling the librarian at 601-606-4700 or 601-271-2384.

It contains a modest collection of books and journals with emphasis on data from counties of South Mississippi.  It now houses the Genealogy collection from the Library of Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest County.

Visitors are welcome.



                                                                                                                                                                                         Officers 2012/2013 (Oct .1, 2013 to Sept 30, 2015)

President, Martha Parker  

V.Pres, Kathleen Goss

Secretary, Myrna Lazenby

Newsletter Editor, Laurie Crowson

Treasurer, Gene Phillips

Historian, Joshua Hodge

Librarian, Jeanne Tutor

Publicist, Kathleen Goss

Web Master, Gene Phillips 

If you have a subject you would like to present in a program  or if you know of an interesting guest speaker, you can send it to Gene Phillips  




Our working year is from Oct 1 until Sept. 30.
Dues for 2013 are due by Oct. 1, 2012.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a 2013 seminar.