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Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 5301
Jackson MS 39296

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Our next seminar will be January 19, 2019. We are working on a speaker and location and will post more details as information is available.
The first seminar sponsored by the Mississippi Genealogical Society was in conjunction with the Everton Publishers of Utah in December 1964. Since that very successful seminar, the society has sponsored lecturers John Frederick Dorman, Lawrence K. Wells, Dr. Dixon Barr, Dr. James E. Johnson, Lloyd Bockstruck, Bill Linder, Mary Bondurant Warren, Jo White Lynn, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Marilyn Miller Morton, Robert Scott Davis, Mary McCampbell Bell, Helen Leary, Arlene H. Eakle, John Colletta, Christine Rose, James L. Hansen and Henry Jones, Jr and many others.

2018 Seminar, January 20 - Speaker: Robert Scott "Bob" Davis

Robert Scott "Bob" Davis is a family and regional history expert and senior faculty member in the history department at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, which has pioneered genealogy and family history in a college environment. As a professor at Wallace State, Davis teaches genealogy, geography, and history courses. He has written more than 1,000 publications on records and research, including guides to conducting research in Alabama and Georgia. He also wrote the chapters on Alabama and Georgia for the current edition of Ancestry’s Redbook.

His articles have appeared in such periodicals as Ancestry, The American Genealogist, Heritage Quest, The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, as well as many archival, education, history, library, and other professional journals. He has worked in Alabama and Georgia to encourage the saving of historical records and has been a speaker at hundreds of meetings of genealogical and historical societies. In 2006, the American Association for State and Local History awarded the college’s genealogy collection an Outstanding Leadership in History Award of Merit. The schedule and registration form are available HERE.

2017 Seminar

The Lecturer was D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, who is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President and Executive Director of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He also serves the genealogical community as the President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow. The Seminar was held at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum on Lakeland Drive in Jackson, Mississippi.

2016 Seminar

The 2016 Seminar was held at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl Ms. On January 30th. Approximately 130 attendees from Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama came to see our featured speaker Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, “The Legal Genealogist”. She is a Colorado native who has deep roots in Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® for which she serves as a member of the Board for Trustees. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and various state genealogical societies. She serves on the faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing.

2015 Seminar

Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, was the featured speaker at the 2015 Mississippi Genealogical Society Seminar held on Sat., Jan. 17. More than 115 people from across Mississippi, along with participants from Memphis and north Louisiana, attended the event held at Jackson’s Table One. A full-time professional genealogist, author and lecturer, Lowe spoke on migration trails, preliminary land platting, insolvent estates and overcoming bad research. He specializes in original Southern records and manuscripts, and has worked on several televised genealogical programs, including Who Do You Think You Are? This was the first year the day-long event was held at Table One.

2012 Seminar