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"

Items of Interest

African American Funeral Programs -- A collection of 3,348 programs dating from 1886 to 2019 from Atlanta and the Southeast became accessible on the Digital Library of Georgia in May 2020. Digitized and indexed by volunteers (including our AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter) in a project that is ongoing. Read the background here.

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

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Unknown No Longer -- Database of enslaved Virginians found in unpublished documents.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 ►Freedmen's Bureau Records Transcription Project

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

1619-2019: 400 Years -- The year 2019 marked the 400th year since the documented landing of enslaved Africans in the first English colony in America. ►Project 1619 Inc. ►The Landing Site. ►The Commission. ►ASALH.


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

Genealogy Quick Start-- 30-minute TV program for beginners. Live at 3 p.m. ET, every other Thursday on Facebook and YouTube. Hosted by expert Shamele Jordon, James M. Beidler and Michael John Neil.

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

NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair -- Watch reruns of all of NARA's annual October Genealogy Fairs (2021 Fair is postponed). View other video presentations on the National Archives and Records Administration's records as they pertain to genealogy.

RootsTech 2021 Conference -- Using technology to enhance your family tree searches.

►RootsTech 2015-2020

►RootsTech 2017 -- Stories by: Kenyatta Berry (at 05:45), AAHGS President Sherri Camp (at 13:28), and Melvin Collier (at 21:28), followed by their Panel Discussion (at 29:55)

National Visionary Leadership Project's Oral History Archive -- 330+ bios and videos of well- and little-known African Americans in their quests for civil rights. Including: Lucy Allen, Calvin Brown, Shirley Chisholm, Oliver Hill, John Lewis, Joseph Lowery, Toni Morrison, Robert Moses, C.T. Vivian, and Harvey Zeigler.


AAHGS Official BlogSpot -- Keep up with genealogy trends via posts by our national organization.

BlogTalkRadio: 'Research at the National Archives and Beyond!' -- View podcasts hosted by author and historian Bernice Alexander Bennett, featuring interviews with genealogy and history experts, plus questions from callers.

International African American Museum Blog -- Research-inspiring posts of a planned Charleston, SC museum and genealogy center expected to open in 2022. The facility is being built on a site of a wharf where up to 40% of enslaveds first set foot in America. Although SC-focused, the sources discussed can suggest similar research in other states.


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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.



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 archival maps for Mississippi and Louisiana

►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

►News coverage of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot Centennial and our Chapter's involvement


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Major Repositories in the Area



Open Monday - Friday – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed to the public Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.

Closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check website for updates.

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.

Onsite access (by appointment) to the Reference Library, Microfilm Library, Computer Terminals and Original Records. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Morning -- 9:00 to 12:00; Afternoon -- 1:00 to 4:00.

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. See African American Resources. View the online exhibit: Examples of Primary Sources That Document Enslaved and Free Persons of Color in Antebellum Georgia


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Douglas Blackmon and AAHGS-Atl

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter members gather with Douglas A. Blackmon (center), author of "Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From the Civil War to World War II," following a talk the Chapter co-hosted with the National Archives at Atlanta on November 1, 2008. The book, which became a bestseller when published that year, reveals how thousands of black men and boys were arrested for minor or no crimes, and forced back into involuntary servitude through leasing by local governments to harsh, brutal work for prison mines and farms.




Open for Virtual Reference and Virtual Programming only. Offers curbside service10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon./Tues. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed-Sat.

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

Reference and Research       Archives




Open Tuesday-Sunday – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; historic houses open at 11 a.m.




Open Monday through Friday – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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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Other Metro Atlanta Societies













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Selected Societies Nationwide



Has these study groups – Alabama, Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas-Oklahoma (ALTO), Illinois, Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio (KIO), Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia-West Virginia-Pennsylvania.




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.




A non-profit member organization that supports African and African-American-focused museums and professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture. The website includes a directory of 300 museums, archives, libraries, galleries, historical societies and cultural centers.




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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