Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)

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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


"Discovering Our Ancestors, Our History and Ourselves -- TOGETHER"

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AAHGS National Application

(PDF Fillable Form;

complete, print and postal-mail it to address on form)



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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter Application



(National/Metro Atlanta Chapter)


$55 - Individual



$35 - Youth under 18



$65 - Family



$50 - Silver Legacy

age 72-76



$35 - Golden Legacy

age 77+



$80 - Organization







National networking with AAHGS members to share research techniques and information


►One-on-one ancestor research assistance, by request, from an experienced Chapter member


►Access to this site's "Members Only" page, which features:

  Archived Chapter publications, such as newsletters, meeting minutes and handouts

  Archived photo galleries of events and activities

  Videos of research tips

  Our Chapter's 10 Year Anniversary Commemo-rative Book: 2000-2010 (history, member bios, research places and names, info about members' ancestor photos shown at the top of these web pages)

  Research links to 13 Atlanta-area repositories



►"AAHGS News," a national bi-monthly newsletter on research topics, workshops, seminars and other educational programs (digital)




►Free published ancestry queries in "AAHGS News"




Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, a national semi-annual publication featuring in-depth, scholarly articles on African American genealogy in historical context (digital)




AAHGS members constitute the leading African American genealogy society in the United States. Membership is open to the public.


Membership in the national Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is required in order to join our Metro Atlanta Chapter.


See application forms for each organization in the box at left.


Membership term is from January 1 through December 31 each year.


Jack Pyant, Teresa Booker

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members are identified at meetings by distinctive hangtags, worn by Jack Pyant and Teresa Booker during the 2013 Emancipation Proclamation program.


Michael Henderson book signing

Chapter member Michael Henderson (seated) signs copies of his family-tree research book, Got Proof: My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, following a 2013 lecture at the Atlanta History Center. The book relates how Henderson, acting on a maternal-side family story about a centuries-old ban against using "daddy's name," conducted interviews and located documents to solve the mystery. He traced his family line to the connection between an enslaved woman and a white Revolutionary War soldier. His discovery of the military service earned him membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and was featured in the Galvez Papers segment of Season 8, Episode 10 of PBS-TV's "History Detectives." His research earned him AAHGS National's highest honor, the James Dent Walker Award (named for the founder of AAHGS), at the 2013 conference in Nashville, TN.   

Adam Adolphus showing book

Chapter member Adam Adolphus, Sr., shows member Janice Bryant a reference book he compiled, African Americans of Washington County, Georgia: From Colonial Times through Reconstruction. He created it after noticing numerous enslaved and freedpeople's names while organizing the Washington County Historical Society's documents about African Americans. The volume contains over 30,000 names gleaned from estate, probate, family history, census, church, death, newspaper, cemetery and other records in the county and the Georgia Archives. Find out more.