Covington County, MS
      Genealogical and Historical Society

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Upcoming Events

Society Programs 2013

10:00am at the Seminary Depot, Seminary, Mississippi

Saturday, January 19 - "Artifacts from Covington County and surrounding areas at the Collins Public Library!" Archeologist Rita Dianne McCarthy will be on hand to answer questions. Members and the general public is invited to bring items that they treasure to share with others. Among the items we are expecting to see are the Williamsburg jail key, a Coka Cola bottle made in Collins, and brick from the jail that housed outlaw James Copeland. All interested persons are invited to attend. Williamsburg books will be on sale for $30.00.

Tuesday, January 29 - "Greene County Museum Tour" 4th floor of the Courthourse, 400 Main Street, Leakesville, MS 39451. Tour guide is Alma Jo Douglas. Tour starts at 10:00am. Lunch will be at Molten Kountry Kitchen on Saint Francis Street. Contact the Circuit Clerk office at 601-394-2379 or Janet Smith at 601-508-6510.

Saturday, February 16 - "Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi: Yesterday and Today" by Louise Patterson Anderson. Part of current day Jefferson Davis County was a part of Covington County until 1906 when Jefferson Davis County was formed from Covington and Lawrence counties. Mrs. Anderson is a native of Marion County, MS. She has established membership in the DAR, Colonial Dames, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She is one of the compilers of the books: Forest County Mississippi Tombstone Inscriptions, Marion County, Mississippi Cemeteries, Cemeteries of Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi, Lamar County, Mississippi Cemeteries, and she researched and published a book on her matrnal ancestral line, John Bond, Jr. of Southern Mississippi. Lou is a retired Mississippi educator.

Saturday, March 16 - "Overview of the History of Seminary, MS" by Cathey Pickering Aultman. Mrs. Cathey, a native of Seminary, was an educator in Covington County of thirty seven years. Mrs. Cathey will be speaking on interesting people of Seminary, old homes, and interesting historical sites such as the home of former Governor of Mississippi, Mike Conner, The Zion Seminary School, and the Seminary Hospital. After the program interested persons will be invited to take a walking/riding tour of the town sites from the program.

Saturday, April 20 - "Research Techniques and The Harvey Family" by Mr. Alton L. Harvey of Mobile, AL. A history of the family of Mr. Michael Harvey, (est. 1670-1730), "The Englishman," will be used as a model for gathering, organizing, and for the dissemination of information gained from good research techniques. Information on the Y-DNA technique used in validating "paper trail" family research will also be explained. Mr. Harvey has spent several years in the educational field and in the U.S. Air Force. He has also published three books on the history of this family.

Saturday, May 18 - "Covington County Veterans of the Viet Nam War" will be honored at the unveiling of a monument on the Courthouse lawn in Collins, Mississippi starting at 10:00am. The names of Veterans living in the County both past and present will be read aloud at the ceremony. The names of those from the county dying in the War will be listed on the back of the monument.The monument is a project of the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society to show appreciation for those from the county that faught in the Viet Nam War. All interested persons are invited to attend. Contect the CCGHS to make sure your veteran is on this!

Saturday, June 15 - "The Battle and Siege of Jackson, Mississippi in 1863" by historian Jim Woodrick. Mr.Woodrick will give an overview of Jackson's experience in the pivotal year of 1963 during the Battle of Jackson (on May 14) and the Siege of Jackson (in July). Mr. Woodrick serves as Director of the Historic Presevation Division at Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He has worked as the Civil War Sites Historian, managed the Mississippi Civil War Trails program, participated in a number of battlefield and campaign studies, and worked with the Civil War Trust and the American Battlefield Protection Program to identify Civil War battlefield properties in Mississippi for acquisition and preservation.

Saturday, July 20 - "Planning session for the Covington County Family Fair" Anyone interested in helping please attend.

Saturday, August 17 - "Covington County Family Fair" at the Collins Civic Center from 9:00am till 12:00 noon. Researchers of Covington County families will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Covington County researchers from all over the United States about Covington County genealogy. The event is free to the public.

Saturday, September 21 - "To be Announced!" ~ Event ~

Saturday, October 19 - "To be Announced!" ~ Event ~

Saturday, November 16 - "To be Announced!" ~ Event ~

Saturday, December 21 - "To be Announced!" ~ Event ~

~ Need Information ~ - The Society is collecting information about all local schools in Covington County. We are hoping to find names of schools, their teachers, students, and locations. Send information to the link below!

Free Websites for Mississippi History - mdah.state.ms.us   ~ Click on Archives & Record Services then click on Digital Archives ~ You can also click on the archives catalog for books and matrials at the state archives.

For more information, please contact Janet Smith.