Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)

  • Ancestors*
  • Africa*
  • Africa*
  • Door of No Return*
  • Ancestors*
  • Estate Inventory*
  • 1850/60 Slave Schedules*
  • Will*
  • Ancestors*
  • U.S. Colored Troops*
  • Ancestors*
  • Labor Contract*
  • Ancestors*
  • 1870 Census detail*
  • Ancestors*
  • Land Deed*
  • Tax Map*
  • Homestead*
  • Ancestors*
  • Social Security Appl.*
  • Death Certificate*
  • Funeral Program*
  • Ancestors*
  • The reasons we do this*

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


"Discovering Our Ancestors, Our History and Ourselves -- TOGETHER"





April Meeting Cancelled



During COVID-19 Hiatus, Follow Our Chapter As We . . .

Computer Screen - Go Virtual


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Some Things To Do While You Wait:


● Learn Research

● Follow Blogs

● Watch Webinars

● Work On Projects

Click here for Week 2's list

-- See Week 1's list here


Check out our Research page for informative videos and blogs!


Recent Meetings

Georgia Archives Powerpoint Slide


"African American History Program: Genealogical Research at the Georgia Archives." See what you missed.


Tammy Ozier at Jan mtg


"Changing of the Guards: Meet and Greet the Chapter's 2020-2021 Leadership Team." See what you missed.


Sharon Leslie Morgan


"Genealogy as a Tool for Healing From the Legacy of Slavery." See what you missed.


Leonard Alvin Brown Talking


"CommUNITY: Progress In The Midst Of Oppression: Savannah, Georgia, 1923-2015." See what you missed.


Cthse Meeting


"Planning Your Courthouse Research Trip." See what you missed.


More meetings


Welcome to our Chapter

The Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS), provides a monthly local enlightening forum for family-tree researchers by sharing historical and genealogical information, methodology and sources about African Americans with roots not just in Georgia, but in all states and nations.



Coronavirus COVID-19 -- How to Stay Safe

Guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health:

● Coronavirus: General Info

● Coronavirus: Handwashing


●  How the 2020 Census is Inviting Everyone to Respond -- You know about searching for family in the Census (right?). Now you can become part of that history for generations to come: respond to the 2020 Census so future searchers won't have to wonder why they can't find you in it.


Every household in the 2020 Census has the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. A total of 95% of households are receiving their invitation by mail asking them to go online (some households will also receive a questionnaire). Less than 1% will be counted in person by a census taker. Some milestone dates:

- March 12-20 -- Households receive census invitations in the mail.

- March 26-April 3 -- Households that haven't responded receive a reminder postcard.

- Late May -- Household visitations to non-respondents expected to begin.

Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE -- Field operations are suspended until April 1. Read the details here.


Throughout the Year, Our Chapter Features:

►Workshops and a speakers' forum to meet the needs and interests of chapter members


►Monthly meetings that offer opportunities to meet other researchers and share research strategies, problems and successes unique to African American family tree searches


►Focused-Research Groups for researchers of specific U.S. states and other localities, plus special topics, as determined by member interest and participation


►Friendly interactions between family history researchers and genealogists of all levels of experience, from beginners to published experts



●  (THRU JUNE 30) Exhibit: “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” – Highlights African Americans' advocacy for democratic rights from 1865 through World War I. Includes Georgia-focused historical art, artifacts and photos, plus performances, lectures, discussions, and exploratory activities. Read Atlanta magazine review. (Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW; Atlanta, GA 30305)



●  (MAY 20-23) National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference

●  (MAY 29-30) Sons & Daughters of the Middle Passage

●  (JUNE 25-28) National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

●  (JULY 7-9) Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)

●  (JULY 26-31) Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) -- Register on a "rolling schedule" Feb. 1-July 6.

●  (SEPT. 2-5) Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference

●  (OCT. 14-17) 41st AAHGS National Conference



*(The 24-image slideshow at the top features AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members' ancestors, American black history mileposts, significant places and some of the documents we all seek. To pause the slideshow, hover your cursor over the desired image.)