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.




'Writing Your

Story: Life

Through the

2020 Pandemic'


Tablet, COVID-19



presented by:



Dr. Deborah Abbott

Professional Genealogist,

Methodology Expert in

African American Research



Book with turning pages



Recent Meetings

Laura Carter Powerpoint Slide


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


Revolutionary War, Patriots of Color title slide


"Revolutionary War & Patriots of Color." Virtual presentations by members Jan Bryant, Emma Davis Hamilton, Devra Harney and Jonnie Brown. See what you missed.


Carter G. Woodson


"Race History: African American Pioneers in Reconstruction Historiography." Presented virtually by Dr. Bobby Donaldson. See what you missed.


20th Anniv. logo


"2020 And Beyond: Our Discovery Continues." Virtual celebration of our 20th Anniversary (2000-2020). See what you missed. Video clips on Members Only page.


Thom Reed Freedmen's Bureau talk

JUNE 2020

"Mine the Gold: Effectively Search Freedmen's Bureau Records From FamilySearch," presented by Thom Reed. Meeting held virtually. See what you missed.


More meetings


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.

Happening in the Area

► (SAT., FEB. 6) Georgia Archives and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Metro Atlanta Chapter "African American Genealogy Day." -- Free virtual live event. 10 a.m.-Noon. Click here on Feb. 6 to view via Microsoft Teams or on the web. The app may be required to view on an iPhone or tablet.


● 10 a.m. -- “Afrocentric Histories: Researching and Documenting the Black Residents of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery” by Dr. D. L. Henderson, historian, genealogist, preservationist, and author. She is a former president of the AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter.


● 11 a.m. -- “Discovering Gems: A Look at African American Resources at the Georgia Archives” by Georgia Archives’ Reference Archivist Tamika Strong. She is a former vice president of the AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter.



► (THURS., FEB. 11) DeKalb History Center 13th Annual Black History Month Celebration "Growing in Power and Promise: African American Genealogy in DeKalb and Atlanta" -- Presented "live" via Zoom. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. DHC members: $10. Nonmembers: $15. Register here. More info: 404-373-1088. There are four presenters:


● Tamika Strong, Georgia Archives Reference Archivist

● Winifred Hemphill, president, South-View Cemetery Association

● Johnny Watts, director and curator, Flat Rock Archives

● Laurel Wilson, historian of Decatur’s African American heritage



CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 -- How to Stay Safe

Guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health:

● General Info ● Handwashing





Atlanta History Center "Corona Collective"




►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.)