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

  • Ancestors*
  • Africa*
  • Africa*
  • Door of No Return*
  • Ancestors*
  • Estate Inventory*
  • 1850/60 Slave Schedules*
  • Will*
  • Ancestors*
  • U.S. Colored Troops*
  • Ancestors*
  • Labor Contract*
  • Ancestors*
  • 1870 Census detail*
  • Ancestors*
  • Land Deed*
  • Tax Map*
  • Homestead*
  • Ancestors*
  • Social Security Appl.*
  • Death Certificate*
  • Funeral Program*
  • Ancestors*
  • The reasons we do this*

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


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

Latest Items

AUC GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Center -- Virtual access portal to primary source documents, archival materials and art collections at the Clark Atlanta University Center Art Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center.

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice -- Two new Montgomery, AL downtown institutions remembering African American victims of lynching. Brochure. Map. Visit.

Atlanta Black Archives Alliance -- Archivists and librarians who want to share with researchers and others the city’s "unique and valuable resources on Black history and culture . . . to educate and empower diverse communities."

Georgia Historic Newspapers -- New website by Digital Library of Georgia offers direct access to historic newspapers from across the state. Browse by region, type, subject, date and title. View page images. Includes important African-American, Roman Catholic, and Cherokee newspapers.

Unknown No Longer -- Database of enslaved Virginians found in unpublished documents.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.

Freedmen's Bureau and Freedman's Bank 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.


Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) YouTube Channel -- Videos from AAHGS members and events across the nation.

'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 2015-2019 Conference Videos -- Using technology to enhance your family tree searches.

►2017 Friday Panel: Kenyatta Berry, AAHGS President Sherri Camp (at 13:28), Melvin Collier


AAHGS Official BlogSpot -- Keep up with trends in AAHGS nationally and in the genealogy world.

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.




On Our "Members Only" Page


►Handouts from many of our monthly meetings

►Direct links to metro Atlanta-area library genealogy pages

►Detailed visitor info (e.g., addresses, hours, fees) for selected Atlanta-area repositories

►Link to African American research info at the Georgia Archives

►Chapter's 10-Year Anniv. Commemorative Book 2000-2010

►Links to African American research in South Carolina

►Black World War I soldiers' names from North Carolina

►More informative and how-to videos found on the web

►Direct links to selected state and Caribbean genealogical societies


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Major Repositories in the Area


Open Monday - Friday – 8:30 a.m.-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.

(NARA in DC) NARA Resources for Genealogists -- A guide to what NARA has to help your research. Includes a Powerpoint for beginners.

(NARA in DC) History Hubs -- Questions and answers monitored by NARA-DC staffers. For Genealogy . . . and . . . For African American Records

(NARA in DC) Blog -- "Rediscovering Black History" -- Posts by staff, students and researchers.


Open Tuesday - Saturday – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Genealogy Resources, Research Room. Original documents retrieved 8:30-4 p.m., viewed in Original Document Reading Room until 4:45 p.m. Read Blog.




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.



Open Monday and Friday – Noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday – Noon-8 p.m.

Houses non-circulating texutal and microform records, secondary sources and web-based databases on the African diaspora. Archives unique historical records, especially Atlanta history. Read details.


Open Monday-Saturday – 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday – Noon-5:30 p.m. Also features genealogy programs.


Open Monday through Friday – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday – 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday – closed.

Georgia history and culture, with rare books and Georgiana, historical manuscripts, photographs, maps, broadsides, and UGA archives and records. Home page has link to Digital Collection.


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


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Selected Key Organizations





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Selected Resource Lists



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Selected Genealogical Societies


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


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.


An organization of descendants of enslaved persons and those who enslaved them, its mission is "to provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery."

Promotes the memory, education, and historic preservation of the artifacts and landmarks of slavery in the United States and its economic, psychological, and cultural impact on today's society.


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