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"








NOVEMBER 23, 2019
1:00 p.m.



Wesley Chapel
Branch Library
2861 Wesley Chapel Road
Decatur, GA


Genealogy as a Tool for Healing from the Legacy of Slavery



Black Family - circa 1860s


presented by:

Sharon Leslie


- Genealogist, Author,

- A Founder of Afrigeneas,

- Founder: Our Black Ancestry,

- Recipient: 2019 James Dent Walker Award (AAHGS' highest)



Recent Meetings

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.


NARA-Atl 1619 graphic

JUNE 2019

Special Event: "1619-2019: African Americans' 400-Year Journey Since Jamestown." (Non-meeting) 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.


(SAT., DEC. 14) “Genealogy and Lies in a Courtroom Drama Over Ownership of Enslaved Persons” -- Presentation at the Georgia Archives by Paula Whatley Matabane, Ph.D., AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter member, during the 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2019 4th Quarterly Education Series of the Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS). She will discuss how the chance discovery of an 1850 Georgia State Supreme Court case about ownership of her enslaved great-great-grandmother revealed biographical and genealogical facts about that ancestor’s place of origin, life and torturous journey through slavery, and led to discoveries and explanations of Virginia connections. REGISTER: $25 for GGS members, $35 for non-GGS members. Click here to register online by Tues., Dec. 10, and view event details. Or print this Registration Form and send postmarked by Fri., Dec. 6. (Georgia Archives; 5800 Jonesboro Road; Morrow, GA)


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


Links to 1619 400th Commemoration Info

The year 2019 marks the 400th-year commemoration of the first documented landing of Africans on American soil in 1619.


● The 1619 Landing Site: Old Point Comfort, VA (today's Fort Monroe)  ● 400 Years of African-American History Commission  ● AAHGS National  ● ASALH  ● Project 1619 Inc.




*(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.)