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"








MARCH 28, 2020
1 p.m.-3 p.m.



Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Rd.
Morrow, GA 30260




Genealogy green tree



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.


●  "Black History Month is for Everyone" -- A FamilySearch blog essay by AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter member Paula Whatley Matabane on the purpose and meaning of Black History Month. The director of publications for the AAHGS National, she is professor emerita of Howard University and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


●  (TUES., FEB. 25) “Atlanta’s African American Culinary History” -- Free. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch. Akila Sankar McConnell, author of “A Culinary History of Atlanta,” will discuss food entrepreneurs in the Black middle class and their link to the Civil Rights Movement. See website or call Marissa Howard at 404-373-1088, ext. 20. (DeKalb History Center; 101 East Court Square; Decatur, GA 30030)


●  (SAT., FEB. 29) Discover Your Roots: A Free Family History Seminar – 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Co-hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Fayette County NAACP, AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter and other partners, the event will include our Chapter members Janice Bryant and Stephanie Powers (DNA Focused-Research Group Chair) among session presenters. Register online at (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 157 Bob Smith Road; Sharpsburg, GA 30277)


●  (THRU FEB. 29) Free Access to Fold3 African American Collection -- View U. S. Colored Troop service records, Amistad slave ship court records, Danish West Indies records, DC slave records, S.C. Estate Inventories and Bills of Sales, and more.


●  (THRU FEB. 29) Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars -- View one free webinar each week during February from Legacy's African American webinar collection. Featuring the Library of Congress, a resources checklist, U.S. Colored Troops' Widows Pensions, and the Underground Railroad.


●  (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)



●  Help the Census Count in Your County -- You know about searching for family in the Census (right?). Now you can become part of that history for future generations of searchers. Help the U.S. Census Bureau get residents counted in this year's 2020 Census. Work flexible hours (20 to 40 per week) in the field or office and get paid. For details, visit the Census jobs website (click title above), or call 1-855-JOB-2020.


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



●  (FEB. 26-29) RootsTech 2020

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

●  (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.)