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