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's latest article "Mississippi Research Guide" was published in Family Tree Magazine in the September/ October 2021 issue. A downloadable PDF is available.

Richardson had the privilege of reviewing for the NGSQ. See    "Reviews: Research in Mississippi," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 105 (December 2017): 304-305.

IMG_3902_LI (2).jpg

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


Genealogy Courses:

  • Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.,  DNA Track, lectures, Louisiana Association of Forensic Scientists Conference (Louisiana State Police Headquarters, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: LAFS, 23 April 2014).

  • Various seminars, conferences, lectures.

Kim Richardson


Slated for January 2022, Richardson will be serving as an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogy Association. She will offer "Go Retro: Outsmart Your Computer with a Pen, Sticky Notes and You!" in Course 8: Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs.

Richardson also frequently teaches classes and gives presentations to genealogy groups. See the Presentations tab for a list of topics and reviews.