The Mississippi Genealogy and History Network (MSGHN) has but one goal embodied in our mission statement; it is to "Recognize the significant contributions made by Mississippi's pioneers and their descendants to the growth of the United States of America, and to foster appreciation for [Mississippi's] rich historical and cultural past..."
To accomplish this mission, we recruit only the best researchers and web developers from around the nation to develop and post individual county and state level websites to which the organization provides links assisting our visitors in easily finding their own research targets.
These dedicated researchers are committed to providing the latest genealogy and historical data available and their research is ongoing, current and relevant. To assist these individuals MSGHN provides free, dedicated web space on which they may post their information, assistance with all phases of website development and will soon implement a training program designed to further assist our researchers with their web development and genealogy research.
Although MSGHN was created and organized for the members, in order to reduce the controversy ordinarily associated with management issues, MSGHN is governed by an Executive Council. These members serve until they resign, retire or are removed by the Executive Council. They have a fiduciary responsibility to MSGHN and are responsible for the generation and expenditure of funding in support of the membership. All funding raised is committed to the support of MSGHN and is generally generated through the personal contributions of the Executive Council.
The activities of the Executive Council are generally conducted separately and never impinge on the activities of the County and Project Directors. There is never an election, never any political campaigns, speeches or requirements to vote placed upon the County and Project Directors. This leaves them free to focus on their mission, providing the most current, free information to our visitors seeking their ancestors and the regional history that provides content to the lives that are so important to the development of the culture of the state.
In fact, once an individual is established as a new MSGHN member, the policy of the Executive Council is simply "hands off." The Council will not interfere with the development and posting of information to the website(s) of the new member unless assistance is requested, as long as the website(s) remain in compliance with the few, simple requirements of the organization.
Further, to facilitate communications between the County and Project Directors, a list server is provided so that all Directors can send email messages regarding new genealogy and history finds to others on the list. Membership in this program is optional. Infrequent communications between the MSGHN leadership and the Directors are supported via a second, membership required list, however, the contact email addresses of all program and project sponsors are published within the pages of their respective program/project websites and direct communication is always the preferred method, bypassing the lists entirely.
If you are considering becoming a member of the Mississippi Genealogy and History Network, be advised that our standards are high, the focus is always on the information you offer to assist your website visitors and you will be expected to do a thorough job in researching, developing and posting your information. However, regardless of your skill level in web development, we will help you, as needed, to develop the skills, abilities and knowledge required to present a fine, well organized, and attractive presentation to those most important visitors to your site.
To become a member of MSGHN, you must contact the Executive Council and inform us of your interest. You may also submit a request by sending an email to any member of the Executive Council using the email addresses below or you may send your request through any one of our current member Directors at their affiliated website(s). It will be forwarded to the appropriate person within the organization and you will be contacted promptly.
Please include your name, the email address you would like the Executive Council to use when communicating with you and the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of any website(s) that you may already have online. If you do not currently maintain a website, this is not a disqualifying factor. Also, if you are not interested in sponsoring a County website, but have an idea for a special project about some aspect of the cultural or historical development of Mississippi, your ideas will be considered as well.
For website suggestions, changes, or to report broken links contact Gerald Westmoreland at email@example.com.