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

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  • Estate Inventory*
  • 1850/60 Slave Schedules*
  • Will*
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  • U.S. Colored Troops*
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  • Labor Contract*
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  • 1870 Census detail*
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  • Land Deed*
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  • Social Security Appl.*
  • Death Certificate*
  • Funeral Program*
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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


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


Latest Items

Unknown No Longer -- Database of enslaved Virginians found in unpublished documents. A project of the Virginia Historical Society.

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery -- Database of newspaper ads placed by freedpeople seeking family members during and after the Civil War. An ongoing transcription project by Villanova University and Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture -- The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. ►The Building. ►The Collection. ►Freedmen's Bureau Records Transcription Project.

Digital Library of Georgia -- Georgia's history and culture in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. See samples.

Freedmen's Bureau Site-Locator Website -- "Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau." Shows Bureau offices, Freedman’s Savings Bank branches, freedmen schools, contraband camps, and U.S. Colored Troops' battle sites.


Videos & . . .

'Genealogy Roadshow' on PBS -- View clips of episodes you may have missed in this popular series.

NARA on YouTube -- Watch reruns of all of NARA's annual October Genealogy Fairs, plus other video presentations on the National Archives and Records Administration's records as they pertain to genealogy.

RootsTech Conference Videos -- Using technology to enhance your family tree searches.

2017 Videos: ►Wednesday, ►Thursday, ►Friday, ►Saturday

►Friday Panel: Kenyatta Berry, AAHGS President Sherri Camp (at 13:28), Melvin Collier

2016 Videos

. . . Audios

African Roots -- Hosted by author and genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, a founding member of the Afrigeneas website, this bi-weekly podcast contains suggestions, research tips and strategies, and more.

BlogTalkRadio: 'Research at the National Archives and Beyond!' -- Hosted by author and historian Bernice Alexander Bennett, this online program features interviews with genealogy and history experts, plus questions from callers. Thursdays at 9 p.m., EST.


Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

African American Records -- Slave trade, slave ships, civil liberties cases, Tuskegee patient medical files, NARA Atlanta holdings list, plus a unique "red-letter" finding aid created in 2012 by then-intern JoyEllen Freeman for searching Freedmen’s Bureau records.

Reconstruction Civil Rights Cases (South Carolina) -- As promised at our Feb. 21, 2015 Symposium, this is the index to these original documents at the National Archives at Atlanta.

A public blog on records related to African American history at the National Archives and Presidential Libraries. Bloggers include National Archives staff, students, and researchers interested in African American history.

Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original documents retrieved from 8:30 to 4 p.m., viewed in Original Document Reading Room until 4:45 p.m. Read Blog.

Blog by Tamika Strong, Chapter's Georgia Focus Group Coordinator

Selected Metro Atlanta Research Facilities and Websites

See our "Members Only" page for a detailed PDF list of hours, contact info, and appointment requirements (if any) for numerous nearby federal, state and other repositories of archived materials.

Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

AAHGS-Atl and Deborah A.Abbott

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members gather with genealogy educator and researcher Dr. Deborah A. Abbott (center right, in brown sweater and eyeglasses), a speaker at the Georgia Genealogical Society's March 2013 seminar, "Genealogical Methodology: The Basics and Beyond," on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, GA.

A PDF of organizations that researchers should consider joining to monitor for clues and leads to their family trees in this state.

Research Tools . . . interesting Member Tips . . . Resources that include Cleveland cemetery index of names and links to other websites about African American genealogy in Ohio.

A publication of the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, an interest group in the Society of American Archivists. Genealogical leads to documents can be gleaned from reports about new and existing African American collections at various sites.