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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.

Research Experience


Kim Richardson not only helps her clients achieve their own genealogy goals, but she has also researched for Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? She assists clients with their toughest genealogy problems by evaluating their research to date and developing and executing research plans. She is passionate about her work and enjoys serving the genealogy community by coaching and enabling others to do their own research successfully.



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.

Lecture Experience


Richardson has years of experience teaching classes and giving presentations to genealogy groups. See the Presentations tab for a list of topics and reviews.


Richardson will serve 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. (postponed to 2025 due to COVID)


Mississippi State University

BA in Communication, Cum Laude, 1996


Study Group 25, January 2015-August 2016

Practicum 01, June 2021-January 2022


Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research

Course 1: Methods and Sources, 8–13 June 2014

Course 8: Research in the South, 7–12 June 2015

Course 2: Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies, 12-17 June 2016

Course 11: Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques: Intermediate DNA for    Genealogy, 2-7 June 2018

Course 12: DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced), 21-26 July 2019

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, 1 October - 5 November, 2016

Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, 17 February - 26 April, 2023

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Beyond a Name and Date: Advanced Practices in Social History, 19-24 June 2022

Advanced Family History Research: U.S. Ancestors, 1917-1930, 18-23

June 2023

National Genealogical Society

Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Documents, 2022

American Genealogy: Home Study Course, 2015

Various seminars, conferences, lectures

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