By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
IUKA – The Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society is offering the community an activity to recognize Sunday as Random Acts of Kindness Day while working to swell its membership ranks.
The group is sponsoring an information search contest for historical information, and the winner will earn an act of genealogical kindness.
“The Society is dedicated to providing genealogical tools and resources and to that end we want to offer a special act of genealogical kindness,” said TCHGS board member RaNae Vaughn. “We want to inspire people to practice genealogical kindness.”
Contest entries will be placed in a drawing, with the winner announced and contacted Tuesday, and also posted on the group’s website at www.tishomingohistory.com. The winner may choose one of three prizes: a photograph of a gravestone in Tishomingo County, a copy of a marriage record in Tishomingo County or receive one hour of research from the historical society’s genealogical library on one surname in Tishomingo County.
Two questions are posed in the contest, and entries may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone during Tishomingo County Historical Museum hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at (662) 423-3500. Only entries with correct answers to both questions will be entered. The questions are:
• What year was Tishomingo County formed by the Chickasaw Indian cession of 1832? (The answer is not 1832.)
• In what year was Old Tishomingo County divided to form present-day Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties?
The society hopes the building excitement and interest in the contest also will draw more interested individuals to attend Friday’s annual meeting at 6 p.m. at the Midway Community Center.
“The society’s accomplishments will be highlighted and awards will be presented,” Vaughn said.
Photos from the group’s latest publication, authored by TCGHS President Cindy Nelson and Vaughn – “Images of America: Tishomingo County” – will be on display at the event, which is being held in the renovated and restored historic Midway Consolidated School Building.
There is no charge, the public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.