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History and Mission

The Mobile Genealogical Society collects and disseminates genealogical, historical, biographical and heraldic information. We are a non-profit, educational and research organization based in Mobile, Alabama.

The Society has made a commitment to:
• promote interest in genealogical research
• provide instruction in the use of accuracy, care and thoroughness 
   in research and documentation
• champion ethical research standards
• discourage and oppose incompetent and disreputable practices by researchers
• promote scholarly writing in family history collections
• issue publications related to genealogy and related historical, 
   biographical and heraldic data

MGS was founded on February 13, 1962, with 28 charter members present. The charter officers were: Arthur Crigler, President; W. L. Stockwell, V. President; Mrs. E. L. Moffett, V. President; William R. Armistead, Secretary; Mrs. A. F. Perkins, Treasurer; Mrs. Otis L. Mitchell, Librarian.

The society meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Holy Family Catholic Church and School complex. The meetings consist of a short business session and announcements, followed by a program, usually a speaker with a topic of a genealogical or historical nature. Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m.

Our library is also located at the Holy Family Catholic Church and School complex in the old school library building. New books donated to the society are reviewed in our Deep South Genealogical Quarterly (DSGQ) and then placed in our library. We also have, and will accept, old books and genealogical collections, at our discretion. 

We are continually engaged in ongoing research and abstracting projects. We compile and publish records from Mobile County and surrounding areas; these records include marriage, death, burial, church and bible records. All current MGS-generated publications are listed in each issue of the DSGQ with prices and shipping information. 

MGS Members are encourage to submit a five-generation pedigree charts to the society. Pedigree information, along with many other books and resources, is accessible in our library.