Black News and News Makers in History: AAHGS

Black news from Pasadena - Black News and News Makers in History - AAHGS - Afro American Historical and Geneology SocietyThe Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society (AAHGS) was founded on May 5, 1977 in Washington, D.C. with a goal to encourage scholarly research in African American genealogy.

According to their website, their mission is to strive “to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community.”

Their primary goals have expanded to also include providing resources for historical and genealogical studies, creating a network of persons with similar interests, and assisting members in documenting their histories.”

AAHGS provides suggestions on how to get started and a list of local AAHGS chapters whose members are happy to assist individuals personally.

The AAHGS members share their knowledge and discoveries with others by conducting workshops and giving lectures at events for a wide variety of organizations.  AAHGS members have worked with:

  • Private and parochial school systems,
  • Boy Scouts of America,
  • Black Family Reunion,
  • George Washington University’s Archives Week,
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development,
  • Department of Defense, and Justice,
  • Department of Library of Congress,
  • National Archives and Records Administration,
  • U. S. Postal Service,
  • National Park Service, and
  • Other historical and genealogical organizations.

AAHGS keeps in touch with its members through a variety of different vehicles:

  • A scholarly JOURNAL, published semi-annually, featuring articles of original research on African-American history and genealogy;
  • Abstracts of manuscripts and records from court houses, archives, churches, and other primary sources;
  • An award-winning NEWSLETTER, highlighting current activities and news;
  • An exciting ANNUAL CONFERENCE, consisting of lectures, workshops, exhibits and tours; and our web site.

AAHGS Affiliations include:

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Genealogical Society

AAHGS Supporters include:

  • African Ancestry, Inc.
  • American Legacy Magazine
  • Arkansas Humanities Council
  • Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Family Time Capsules
  • Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.
  • Ford Foundation
  • Patton Boggs LLP

The ‘local’ California Chapter contact information is:

AAHGS - Central California
P. O. Box 9161
Fresno, CA 93790-9161

Compiled from http://www.aahgs.org.


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