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"





1 P.M.-3 P.M.

(via TEAMS)








Free interactive virtual workshop; slots limited



Freedmen's Bureau artwork








Professional Genealogist, Producer of "Genealogy Quick Start" TV/video program



Presented by AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter in conjunction with Sankofa Genealogy Group



Recent Meetings

Meetings are held monthly (except July and August), usually on the fourth Saturday.


Akosua Moore's ancestor

MAY 2021

"Speaking of My People: A Granddaughter's Journey Into the Lives of Her Lowcountry Ancestors." Presented by Genealogy researcher Akosua Moore. See what you missed. Video on Members Only page.


Ida B. Wells

APRIL 2021

"Ida B. Wells: World-Class Researcher." Presented by Black cultural history and archival expert Amadi Ozier. See what you missed. Video on Members Only page.


FamilyTree Snippet

MARCH 2021

"Share Your Tips, Successes & Questions." Virtual discussion by various attendees. See what you missed. Video on Members Only page.


Tell Your Story graphic


"Writing Your Story: Life Through the 2020 Pandemic." Virtual presentation by professional genealogist Dr. Deborah Abbott. See what you missed.


Laura Carter Powerpoint Slide


"African American Resources Available Online at NARA." Virtual presentation by genealogy librarian (Ret.) Laura Carter. See what you missed. Video on Members Only page.


Welcome to our Chapter

The Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS), provides a monthly local enlightening forum for family-tree researchers by sharing historical and genealogical information, methodology and sources about African Americans with roots not just in Georgia, but in all states and nations.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 -- How to Stay Safe

Guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health:

● Vaccines  ● General Info  ● Handwashing





Atlanta History Center "Corona Collective"



►SAT., JUNE 19 - SUN., JULY 11: Oakland Cemetery -- Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives. Artist-activist Charmaine Minniefield celebrates the Ring Shout, honoring the unmarked graves in Oakland’s historic African American Burial Grounds. Multimedia installation inside a replica of a Praise House, a small wooden structure used for worship. Presented by Flux Projects. Reserve a viewing time.


Free African American Burial Grounds Tour. Reserve a free spot during the run of the project.



National Museum of African American History and Culture -- A Celebration of Resilience. Marks the date in 1865 when the last enslaved communities -- in Texas -- learned that they were free from slavery, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Watch informative video sessions, supported by the Ford Motor Company.


Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue


Genealogy & Records of Intrigue


Porch Stories -- Tales of Slavery and Beyond


Connecting the Historic to the Now


Community Soundstage: A Conversation with Amythyst Kiah



Research Georgia Genealogy by Region – Download research guides for 9 areas of the state on the Georgia Genealogical Society's website. Each PDF lists counties, main cities, genealogical and historical societies, repositories, and other resources. Based on tourism descriptions such as Atlanta Metro, coast, mountains and heartland. Great for planning a research trip.



►Workshops and a speakers' forum to meet the needs and interests of chapter members


►Monthly meetings that offer opportunities to meet other researchers and share research strategies, problems and successes unique to African American family tree searches


►Focused-Research Groups for researchers of specific U.S. states and other localities, plus special topics, as determined by member interest and participation


►Friendly interactions between family history researchers and genealogists of all levels of experience, from beginners to published experts



*(The 24-image slideshow at the top of this page features AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members' ancestors, American black history mileposts, significant places and some of the documents we all seek. To pause the slideshow, hover your cursor over the desired image.)