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"





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

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this summer . . .


. . . review findings,

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. . . do timelines,



. . . take webinars,

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. . . read histories,

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. . . & organize files.

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Some Things To Do While You Wait

● Learn Research

● Follow Blogs

● Watch Webinars

● Work On Projects

Check Our Lists:

Click here: Final Week 8

-- See Week 7's list here

-- See Week 6's list here

-- See Week 5's list here

-- See Week 4's list here

-- See Week 3's list here

-- See Week 2's list here

-- See Week 1's list here


Visit our Research page for other helpful videos and blogs!


Recent Meetings

Thom Reed Freedmen's Bureau talk

JUNE 2020

"Mine the Gold: Effectively Search Freedmen's Bureau Records From FamilySearch," presented by Thom Reed. Meeting held virtually. See what you missed.


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MAY 2020

"Cracking Your Brick Walls." Meeting held virtually. See what you missed.


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



Open to All (Appointment Only) Regardless of Symptoms, as of May 7

● Statewide

● Clayton   (More info)

● Cobb and Douglas

● Coweta

● DeKalb

● Fayette

● Fulton

● Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale

● Henry   (More info)



The Atlanta History Center's "Corona Collective" is collecting photos, stories, etc., for future generations.


● THURS., AUG 13, 2020 -- Lecture: “Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum” – Author Mab Segrest discusses her book about the former Georgia Central State Hospital (originally known as the State Lunatic, Idiot and Epileptic Asylum) and its role in establishing national mindset policies that determine institutionalization and treatment based on racist ideologies. (Margaret Mitchell House; 979 Crescent Avenue NE; Atlanta, GA 30309)


● JAN 28-FEB. 28, 2021 -- Exhibit: “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” (Museum Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19) – 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)



Thousands of pages of African American funeral programs from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast can now be viewed online at the Digital Library of Georgia, as of May 2020. Our AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter and other groups joined the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History years ago in collecting, digitizing and indexing more than 3,000 programs dating from 1886 to 2019. The project continues. Read about it 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



●  How the 2020 Census Invited 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.

● Coronavirus COVID-19 Update -- Field operations are suspended until June 1. Read the latest schedule adjustments here.


●  (OCT. 15-17) AAHGS 41st National Conference -- Hosted by our national leadership. COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE: Sessions will be held virtually.


●  (JULY 30-Aug. 1) National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America -- Will be held virtually.

●  (JULY 7-9) Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) -- Will be held virtually.

●  (JULY 26-31) Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) -- COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE: Sessions will be held virtually (online) for the entire week (read virtual info here). Register on a "rolling schedule" Feb. 1-July 6.

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