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

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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter

 

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

Personal Project

Robert Williams, Wife and Exhibit

 

Ethiopian Soldier

Bullard head

Bullard display

 

Black Military Figurine Collection Exhibit

Chapter member Robert Williams has created "The Sable Arm In Acts of Valor" -- more than 70 African American military figures, uniquely and painstakingly clad in historically accurate uniforms from the American Revolution through today. Mini-backdrops use informative text and photos to depict major eras, conflicts, branches and famous groups -- such as the Revolutionary War’s Black Ethiopian Regiment, the Civil War’s U.S. Colored Troops, and World War II’s “Triple Nickles." Also, notable individuals -- such as Navy diver Carl Brashear and the first Black fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard, a Georgia native (shown in blue uniform in the above photos). The tabletop exhibits are displayed at special Chapter events and elsewhere, with Williams providing expert commentary. Find out more here and here.


Projects

 AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members are involved in bringing genealogy to the community through various programs:


►Freedmen's Bureau Indexing Project

We were part of a FamilySearch national volunteer online endeavor among AAHGS-National and other partners in 2015-2016 to make black people's and white civilians' names in Freedmen's Bureau documents searchable on FamilySearch.org/. Of the 1.8 million names indexed by over 25,000 volunteers nationwide, our Chapter's 33 participants indexed 89,546 names. The entire database is also part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, which opened Sept. 24, 2016.

►1940 Census Indexing

We joined FamilySearch volunteers worldwide in 2012 to index the 1940 U.S. Census, following its much-anticipated release to the public. Twelve of us indexed nearly 130,000 names over five months, typing information into an online database to make it searchable on FamilySearch.org, Archives.com and FindMyPast.com. At one point, we led the "Small Society" category.


►African American Funeral Program Project

An initiative to help preserve local African American history while creating another resource for African Americans to trace their family history. The goal is to collect and index 3,000 funeral programs.


►Austin Gilmore - Unknown No More

Celebration of a local historian's discovery of a U.S. Colored Troops (Civil War) soldier's grave in the Marietta (GA) National Cemetery (marker shown at right). (See our "Members Only" page for photos from another ceremony later that year.)


►An Index of African American Church Cemeteries in Fulton and Dekalb Counties

In 2001, the AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter collected and published information on African American church cemeteries in Dekalb and Fulton counties. Included are general descriptions, brief church histories, annual church events, and photographs. Some cemeteries may not have been included due to lack of information.