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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


March Meeting information.

Writing Your Family’s Story

Family genealogy is much more than a list of names and dates. We can make it more enjoyable by including family stories and experiences that bring smiles as well as tears. With the passing of older generations, we long to pass treasured stories on to younger generations. Mississippi Humanities Council speaker, Richelle Putnam, will share the power and therapeutic value of words and how to explore the future by visiting the past. She shares her personal experience stories from different anthologies, provides writing prompts to spur attendee recollections and teaches how to slip past the protector to reach emotional honesty. Richelle Putnam has been published in many print and online publications in adult and children's literature. She is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Artist Roster.

Come to the Genealogy Library, 307 2ndAvenue in Hattiesburg, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, to learn more about this topic.

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. 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. 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

Treasurer, Gene Phillips

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





There are no plans for a seminar.