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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


January Meeting information.


Growing up in Mississippi often meant hearing the admonition, "put on your shoes, or you'll get 'ground itch'!" Doctors and other experts didn't understand why so many people had potbellies, apathy and malaise, and commonly attributed the symptoms to laziness and poverty. With the identification of hookworm disease in early twentieth century Mississippi, doctors finally saw these symptoms as indicating a specific medical condition. Rather than blame the symptoms on socio-economic status, the medical community in the state now could explain the reasons for and the methods of hookworm disease eradication. Dr. Deanne S. Nuwer, of the USM History Department will help us learn about the impact of this disease and others on our ancestors' history and culture and on the development of the state. Join us Tuesday, January 2, at 7:00 PM at the Genealogy Library, 307 2nd Avenue in Hattiesburg for this program from the Mississippi Humanities Council. All meetings are free and open to the public. The Genealogy Library is open Saturdays 9:00-2:00 and before monthly meetings at 6:00 p.m. Experienced genealogy researchers will help you find your family roots.

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

President, Rob Young  

V.Pres, Kathleen Goss

Secretary, Joy Dunbar

Newsletter Editor, Joshua Hodge

Treasurer, Gene Phillips

Historian, Myran Lazenby

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 2018 are due by Oct. 1, 2017.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a seminar.