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

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AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter


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

Personal Project

Robert Williams, Wife and Exhibit


Ethiopian Soldier

Bullard head

Bullard display


Black Military Figurine Collection Exhibit

Chapter member Robert Williams has created "The Sable Arm In Acts of Valor" -- more than 70 African American military figures, uniquely and painstakingly clad in historically accurate uniforms from the American Revolution through today. Mini-backdrops use informative text and photos to depict major eras, conflicts, branches and famous groups -- such as the Revolutionary War’s Black Ethiopian Regiment, the Civil War’s U.S. Colored Troops, and World War II’s “Triple Nickles." Also, notable individuals -- such as Navy diver Carl Brashear and the first Black fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard, a Georgia native (shown in blue uniform in the above photos). Williams provides expert commentary.


 AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members have been involved in bringing genealogy to the community through various programs:


►Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

We partnered with the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot to conduct research, trace victims' families to find descendants, and plan a Centennial Remembrance Weekend held in September 2006. A highlight was a procession to the South-View Cemetery gravesites of those who were killed in 1906. View the 3-day program agenda here. Detailed newspaper articles about the 2006 Centennial are on this website's Members Only page.



►Freedmen's Bureau Indexing Project

We indexed 89,546 names in FamilySearch’s national volunteer online endeavor in 2015-2016 to help make black people's and white civilians' names searchable on in the most name-rich genealogically relevant Freedmen's Bureau documents. The database was completed in time to be introduced as part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, when that facility opened on September 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, and At one point, we led the "Small Society" category.


►African American Funeral Program Project

An initiative to help preserve local African American history while creating another resource for African Americans to trace their family history. The goal to collect and index 3,000 funeral programs has been surpassed, and the project continues. The programs became accessible on the Digital Library of Georgia in May 2020. Read about them here. Browse the collection here.


►Austin Gilmore - Unknown No More

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.)


►An Index of African American Church Cemeteries in DeKalb and Fulton Counties

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.

► South-View Cemetery Association and Historic Preservation Foundation

Researched to preserve information on African Americans interred at South-View Cemetery, which was founded in 1886 by six freed slaves to provide a more dignified burial place for their loved ones in segregated Atlanta. Many scholars, business owners, pastors, professors, military heroes, musicians, athletes, and civil rights activists are among the 80,000-plus persons who are laid to rest here.