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*
  • Labor Contract*
  • Ancestors*
  • 1870 Census*
  • Ancestors*
  • 1870 Census detail*
  • Ancestors*
  • Land Deed*
  • Tax Map*
  • Homestead*
  • Ancestors*
  • Social Security Appl.*
  • Death Certificate*
  • Funeral Program*
  • Ancestors*
  • The reasons we do this*

Metro Atlanta Chapter




Next Meeting:


September 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Place: TBA

"Grandma, Tell Me a Story":

Genealogy in the African American Oral Tradition

Interviewing relatives for historical information

Black Grandmother and Child artwork

by Dr. D. L. Henderson

Dr. D.L. Henderson portrait

►Professional Genealogist

►Professional Historian

►Chapter Member

►Former Chapter President

Recent Meetings

Doris Posey silhouette

Doris Posey

Chapter member and co-founder Doris Posey on June 28 presented "Brick Wall: What's Your Personality?" -- ways to overcome research and thought obstacles in solving family tree mysteries. Members recorded their brick walls in a book, will tackle them this summer, then report their findings at our September meeting. See handout on our "Members Only" page. Posey served as our Chapter's first president (2000-2002).

Elizabeth Olson speaking

Professional genealogist Elizabeth S. Olson, vice president of the Georgia Genealogical Society, gave “Tips for Effective Online Searches" in May 2014. See handout on our "Members Only" page.

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The AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter (AAHGS-Atl) provides a local forum for sharing historical and genealogical information, methodology and research sources about African Americans with roots not just in Georgia, but in all states and nations.


We are part of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS), a national non-profit membership organization committed to the preservation of the history, genealogy and culture of African-ancestored populations of the local, national, and international communities.


The AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter offers:

►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


►State Research Focus Groups for researchers of specific states, as determined by member interest and participation


►Interactions between family history researchers and genealogists of all levels of experience, from beginners to published veterans


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