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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


November Meeting information.

Rebekah Ray

Rebekah Ray, of the Mississippi Genealogy Society, will present a single case research project. Rebekah was born in Hattiesburg; her family came to Mississippi after the second Indian cession. She became interested in genealogy at the age of 9, when she hand-copied her grandmother's DAR papers to join. She attended William Carey, Ole Miss and USM and has worked in public relations and professor of communication. She's now preparing to be a certified genealogist and recently began her own genealogy research business. She has done research for clients across the country, including the television program, "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Rebekah will share a project she completed as part of a ProGen project. Family lore was that her paternal great grandmother was an orphan who was adopted. Having only that and information obtained from a headstone, Rebekah was able to develop her great-grandmother's life-story, which covered a span of almost 89 years.

The Society has decided to have another garage sale to raise funds for the library. The sale will be Saturday, November 5. Please begin to sort out anything you'd like to contribute to the effort. You can bring items to the November 1 meeting. Please price things to save time later. We'll schedule time that week to organize it and get ready. We definitely need some help getting ready for the sale and for the day of the sale. Please let us know if you can help.

Society dues are due in October--$15 a year for individuals or $20 a year for two members in the same household.

Our Christmas meeting will be Tuesday, December 6. We've enjoyed our potluck get togethers so much, we've decided to do that again. I'll send more information about location and what to bring when it's nearer to the date.

The Genealogy Library is open at 6:00 p.m. for research before the meeting and Saturdays 9:00 3:00.

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 2016 are due by Oct. 1, 2015.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a 2013 seminar.