Formation of the Tishomingo County
Historical & Genealogical Society
local historical & research society had been
a dream of founding president, Cindy Whirley Nelson
(and probably some of you reading this) since she
began researching in 1987. Following the overnight
(unannounced) destruction of the old Iuka Depot,
Nelson became fixated with the restoration of the
Old Tishomingo County Courthouse.
sitting at her office one morning, she made the
decision to see if others in Tishomingo County had
the same interest. She hurriedly drafted a meeting
announcement to meet the 12 p.m. weekly newspaper
ad deadline. Cindy explains that she was on "pins
& needles" until the meeting day rolled
around! The response, both by phone and at the formation
meeting, was phenomenal!
people met at the Iuka Public Library on March 4,
1996, to organize a genealogical society. Present
for the meeting were: Cindy Nelson, Eddie Carson,
Brenda Whitfield, Hassell Holder, Betty Marlar,
C. L. Browning, Martha Browning, Jan Anglin, Deborah
Grisham, Mildred Aday, ?? (this person did not sign
the register) and Marquita Greenaway.
person shared a genuine interest in establishing
a Society. Each person was given a questionnaire
asking for input and suggestions concerning the
operation of such a Society. The scope of the Society
was the first decision to be made. Should this organization
serve as both a genealogical and historical society?
It was agreed that our focus should be both historical
& genealogical. Thus the name Tishomingo County
Historical & Genealogical Society was adopted.
meeting place was discussed and it was agreed that
a historical dwelling would best suit the mind frame
of this new organization. A suggestion was made
to pursue the use of the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse.
Cindy Nelson accepted the task of acquiring this
voiced to the group her desire for publication of
an up-to-date Cemetery Book and a first ever History
of Tishomingo County Families. She also encouraged
the group to consider the possibility of starting
a Society research library if they could obtain
steering committee was called for by Nelson to assist
in organizing the start-up activities. This committee,
comprised of four people, met once per week over
a four-week period to plan the overall goals of
immediately made arrangements to rent a room in
the old Tishomingo County Courthouse where she and
others donated personal genealogical books and records
to begin a Society research library.
volunteered their time at the courthouse research
library inventorying the items being collected and
assisting others with research. A green thumb community
worker was hired and the Society operated from the
courthouse until 2000, when they moved their belongings
to the Iuka Public Library genealogy department
due to poor conditions at the present location.
Nelson did not lose sight of her goal to someday
be able to provide a county archives and history
facility at the old courthouse, and in 2003, eight
years later, transferred the holdings of the Society
back to the old Tishomingo County Courthouse and
opened the Tishomingo County Archives & History
success of the archives and history museum would
not be possible without the dedication and commitment
of volunteers such as Betty Marlar (charter member),
Cindy Nelson (charter member), Janice Switcher (member),
Helah Wilson (member), and RaNae Vaughn (member),
who work tirelessly in making the day-to-day functions
of the Society a success. Drop in to see us soon!
Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical
Society was established in and chartered as a non-profit
organization by the State of Mississippi. Membership
in the Society is open to any person or organization.
Any person, family, or organization interested in
the purposes of the Society shall be eligible for