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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


February Meeting information.

Race and Slavery in Colonial Natchez

Tuesday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m. at 307 2nd Avenue in Hattiesburg. Even before cotton came, Natchez was the home of people who sought to make a living from the soil, either Indians planting food crops or Europeans who imported enslaved Africans to plant a cash crop. As these groups mingled in Natchez, their interactions became entangled with contemporary ideas of race. What defined blackness and whiteness as European imperial overlords changed? Dr. Christian Pinnen, associate professor of history at Mississippi College, uses legal records to examine how bound labor contributed to the establishment and control of imperial outposts and highlights the effect that different conceptions of race had on plantation economies. This program is presented courtesy of the Mississippi Humanities Council. All meetings are free and open to the public. The Genealogy Library is open Saturdays 9:00-2:00, Wednesdays, 9:00-1:00, and at 6:00 p.m. before monthly meetings. Experienced genealogy researchers will help you find your family roots.
For more information contact Kathy Goss at 601-549-3983 or email

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 307 2nd Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS. 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 2 pm except on major holidays and Wednesdays 9 am to 1 pm. It is also open at 6 pm 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 2020/2021 (Oct .1, 2019 to Sept 30, 2021)

President, Dr Douglas F. Thomas  

V.Pres, Kathleen Goss

Secretary, Joy Dunbar

Treasurer, Charlett Hollomon

Historian, Myran Lazenby

Librarian, Jeanne Tutor

Newsletter Editor, Gene Phillips

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 2020 are due by Oct. 1, 2019.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a seminar.