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Sharing, Conference Update and Prep.
MAY 7, 2016
"Freedmen's Bureau Index-A-Thon." Helped FamilySearch reach June 19 completion deadline.
FEBRUARY 6, 2016
"New Officers.” Winners were announced, the gavel changed hands, and attendees heard an appeal for volunteers in the Chapter-hosted AAHGS National Conference October 13-16 in Atlanta.
"End-of-Year Meeting.” Camaraderie, silent auction for Oct.13-16, 2016 AAHGS National Conference in Atlanta, and more.
"40 Yrs. Later: Vietnam Remembered.” Lecture and panel discussion about the African American experience in the Vietnam War.
"GALILEO: Georgia's Information Tool.” By librarian and genealogist Laura Carter on using free Georgia library and school Internet search engine for genealogy and everyday life.
A look at the year ahead. Meetings and membership drive raffle winners.
End-of-Year Meeting. Sage research advice, music, libations and more.
Black WWII History and WWI Military Records. By historian and figurine-maker Robert Williams and professional researcher Elyse Hill. Both are Chapter members.
"Grandma, Tell Me A Story: Genealogy in the African American Oral Tradition." By professional genealogist and historian Dr. D. L. Henderson, a former Chapter president.
"Brick Wall: What's Your Personality?" By Doris Posey, a Chapter co-founder and our first president.
“Tips for Effective Online Searches." By professional genealogist Elizabeth S. Olson, vice president of the Georgia Genealogical Society.
"Genealogy Research Workshop: Richard and Sallie Robinson." By professional researcher and Chapter member Elyse Hill (standing).
Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide. By the book's author, Frazine Taylor, an Alabama archivist and research authority.
"Breaking the Brick Wall." A brainstorming session by since-relocated Chapter member Melvin J. Collier, author of his family history book, 150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended.
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Meeting/ Vets Day Tribute: Blacks in WWI.
MAY 28, 2016
"Freedmen's Bureau Indexing: The Final Stretch."
"Using What You Have to Get What You Need." Workshop by Chapter member Tamika Strong, explored family tree clues around us.
"Business, Sharing.” Hosting plans for 2016 AAHGS National Conference, plus Chapter election and sharing summer discoveries.
Special Event: JULY 2015
"Heritage Fair.” Chapter member genealogy exhibits and ancestor memorabilia, plus advice for beginners.
"Using Social Media to Boost Your Family Research.” By member Ericka Tinsley on connecting with genealogy enthusiasts. Bonus: Monica Kaufman Pearson on GA's first Black congressman.
"My Ancestor Discovery: What/Who I Found and How.” By members Garry Compton, who traced to 1812 and William Durant, who found politicians.
"Genealogy Research of Hattie McDaniel.” Workshop traced the actress' family back to her father's service in the Civil War's U.S. Colored Troops.
"210 Years Later: From Georgia Slavery to the Atlanta Braves and Globetrotters." By AAHGS-National Publications Director Rev. Roland Barksdale-Hall, whose ancestor (on the screen) was born enslaved in Coweta County.
African Americans of Washington County, Georgia: From Colonial Times through Reconstruction. By the book's compiler of 30,000+ names, Chapter member Adam Adolphus, Sr. (Read more about him on our Membership page.)
StoryCorps -- A community event presented by our Chapter and the Auburn Avenue Research Library invited the public to participate in StoryCorps' mission. Still underway, the project records and preserves family memories for future generations. Results can be archived at the Library of Congress, and at the National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, DC.
"Internet Resources for Researching Newspapers." By Chapter Vice President Tamika Strong, a librarian.
"A Case of Black Nation Building in the Old South." By author-historian Velma Maia Thomas about Benjamin Davis Sr., an early 20th-century Auburn Avenue newspaper editor, politician and Odd Fellows official.
FREEDOM: An African-American History of Georgia, 1733-1865. By the book's author, Chapter member Michael Thurmond, about the little-known struggle by blacks and others against slavery in the state.
Our meetings are held monthly (except July and August) and typically include discussions, presentations and problem-solving techniques for African American family history research.
Meetings are free and open to non-members. We hope you'll join and become an active member in support of our endeavors!
We now meet on the fourth Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m., at Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA, unless otherwise announced via this website, email and other means.
January 28 -- "Gathering Genealogical Information for Your Family Reunion: How to Make Genealogy Interesting, Fun and Productive," presented by Chapter member Tamika Strong.
February 4 -- Free, all-day program. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. "Reconstruction in Georgia: African Americans in Research and Records." No registration required. (Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA)
February 11 -- Free all-day symposium. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. "The Enduring Chronicle: African Americans and World War I: Over There and Over Here." Pre-registration required on this website's home page. (National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA)
March 25 -- "Mamie Williams, Leading Republican: Getting Everything Worthwhile Out of It for the Race," presented by author-historian Velma Maia Thomas.
April 22 -- V. Yvonne Studevan will discuss tracing her family to her 4x great-grandfather Richard Allen, the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
May 20 -- Jon Hayes Carlsten will discuss his discovery of more than 100 enslaved people's names in his ancestors' papers. (Turner Monumental A.M.E. Church; 66 Howard Street; Atlanta, GA)
June 24 -- (TBA)
July and August -- No meetings.
September 23 -- Chapter Open House
October 28 -- (TBA)
November -- Veterans Tribute (TBA)
December -- End-of-Year Meeting (TBA)
The AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter partners with other organizations to produce special programs and observances related to our general areas of interest. Examples are below.
Click left photo to view program. Click right photo to view highlights. LEFT PHOTO: NARA at Atlanta education specialist Joel Walker, featured speaker Emory University professor Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III; AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter member and black-military history expert Robert Williams; and panel discussion moderator, Tuskegee University history professor Dr. Lisa Bratton. RIGHT PHOTO: Featured speaker University of Georgia professor Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr.
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Click left photo to view our Chapter award from the GGS. Click right photo to view Chapter members on GGS 2017-2018 Board.
Click left photo of keynote speaker Dr. Edna Greene Medford to view highlights.
Cemeteries, freedom papers, genealogy, brick walls, research resources and more. Click left photo to view highlights.
Click left photo of keynote speaker Dr. Heather Williams to view program. Photo at right: portrayal of emancipated girl searching for brother who was sold away during slavery. Click to view highlights.
Click left photo to view program. Click right photo to view highlights. LEFT PHOTO: keynote speaker John Marshall Law School professor Anthony Baker; Lovejoy High School history teacher Sharon McMeans-Lukiri; NARA at Atlanta education specialist Joel Walker. RIGHT PHOTO: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters members.
Click left photo to view highlights. (L-R) "Harriet Tubman"; keynote speaker and "African American Civil War Museum" curator Hari Jones; USCT Martin Delaney portrayer Marvin Greer; professor Anthony Baker.
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A day-long seminar in 2010 about Ancestry.com and the National Archives, featuring experts from both organizations.
A 4-day collaborative remembrance held in 2006 for the victims of this white-on-black riot, sparked by a race-baiting political campaign and false charges of black men assaulting white women. We conducted a national search for descendants of the victims, and coordinated a memorial service at South-View Cemetery, where the black victims are buried.