About Southern Heritage Genealogy

Southern Heritage Genealogy was created by professional genealogist Kim Richardson out of her love for family.  The mission of SHG is to serve others in exploring their family history and to provide quality research and documentation that adheres to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

How SHG Started


Have you ever had a family member say, "I wonder what happened to ___?"  Well, that's exactly what led to the creation of Southern Heritage Genealogy. 

It all started with the story of a man who was listed as missing in action in World War II whose niece asked, "can you find out what really happened to him?"


Next, a veteran whose father passed away while he was in Iraq said he did not know where his father was buried and asked, "Is there any way to find out?" 


Another person asked "I have heard a family legend that my grandmother had an especially tough life. Can we find out if that's true?"


In all of these cases, research told the tale. After helping answer these long-held questions,  starting a genealogical research business seemed the next logical step... hence Southern Heritage Genealogy.


Richardson graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University in 1996 with a BA in Communication


Genealogy Courses:

  • Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., “The Use of Genetic Genealogy Testing by Law Enforcement,” “…Identification of the Remains at the Crash Site of Northwest Flight 4422,” and “Y-DNA and Autosomal SNP Testing in Identification…,” Sessions 1-3 of the DNA Track, lectures, Louisiana Association of Forensic Scientists Conference (Louisiana State Police Headquarters, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: LAFS, 23 April 2014).

  • National Genealogical Society American Genealogy: Home Study Course (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2009).

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies conference (sponsored by San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society), 27-30 August 2014; San Antonio, Texas.

  • Various seminars, conferences, lectures.



  • J. Mark Lowe, seminar, Mississippi Genealogical Society (Flowood, Mississippi: MGS, 17 January 2015). Topics covered: overcoming issues created by weak/faulty research, land platting, migration trails, and insolvent estates. 


  • Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, seminar, Mississippi Genealogical Society (Pearl, Mississippi: MGS, 30 January 2016). Topics covered: substitutions for vital records, overcoming issues created by burned courthouses, researching females, researching “Rogues, Rascals, & Rapscallions.”


  • Ed McNease, “Antique Headstone Repair,” lecture and site visit to cemetery, Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society (Collins, Mississippi: 16 April 2016).

  • J. Mark Lowe, seminar, Arkansas Genealogical Society (Benton, Arkansas: AGS, 15 October 2016). Topics covered: estate research, migration, taxes. 

  • Jeff Meek, seminar,  Arkansas Genealogical Society (Benton, Arkansas: AGS, 14 October 2016). Topic: interviewing veterans.

  • Josh Taylor, seminar, Mississippi Genealogical Society (Flowood, Mississippi: MGS, 21 January 2017). Topics covered: finding ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 and 1830.

Kim Richardson