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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


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

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AAHGS National Dues

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(National/Metro Atlanta Chapter)


$55 - Individual



$45 - Youth under 18



$70 - Family



$50 - Silver Legacy

age 72-76



$35 - Golden Legacy

age 77+



$80 - Organization


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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

  Video links to eye-opening history and research

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

  Research links to little-known Georgia and national sources



►"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.




Johnette AAHGS Certificate

Chapter member Johnette Brooks, who has done extensive research to identify the 34,303 Georgia African Americans who served in World War I, received a Certificate of Appreciation on 12Oct2019 at the AAHGS 40th National Conference in Hyattsville, MD. The coordinator of our Military Focus Research Group, she heads her own endeavor, "Heroic Gems of the Red Clay Project," which is creating a database of those soldiers using service cards kept at the Georgia Archives.


Madelyn Nix Combo

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter member Madelyn Nix (at right in top photo) accepts the gavel from outgoing GGS President Karen Molohon after being sworn in as President of the Georgia Genealogical Society in December 2018 for a term effective 1Jan2019. Previously GGS Recording Secretary, Madelyn is the first African American to lead that organization, and repeats the first-in-office distinction set in that earlier GGS post. The smaller photo shows her with most of the other GGS officers who are serving in the new term.


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.