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Our Mission

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) is a non-profit 501(c)3, which strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories.

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AAHGS Chapters are located in cities across the continental Unites States. They have associations with multiple state, county and local departments as well as genealogical and historical societies, and family associations. Many also enjoy these benefits:

Membership Benefits

  • Access to a knowledgeable network of researchers
  • Access to the AAHGS members-only area on the national website
  • Digital subscription to the award-winning AAHGS Journal, a scholarly bi-annual publication
  • Digital subscription to the informative AAHGS News, published 4-times per year
  • Access to current and past issues of AAHGS News & AAHGS Journal
  • Annual conference discounted registration
  • Invitations to special events and programs (Virtual and In-person)
  • 10% discount to Boston University Genealogy Studies Program
  • Voting privileges for national leadership positions
  • Improvement of genealogical research skills
  • Opportunities for national and chapter leadership, community action, and service
  • Recognize members and volunteers by nominating them for AAHGS National Awards
  • Submit articles and announcements for inclusion in AAHGS News and AAHGS Journal
  • Ability to network within the framework of a national organization
  • Gaining national exposure by speaking or making presentations at AAHGS sponsored events
  • Having advocates on the boards of other national organizations and libraries
  • Assisting researchers from other areas with your local knowledge
  • Being part of the largest African American genealogy society in the United States

AAHGS Affiliate Subscriber Organizations

  • Print subscriptions to AAHGS News and AAHGS Journal
  • Access to AAHGS News and AAHGS Journal archives
  • Access to AAHGS members-only area

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National Office

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.

P. O. Box 73067
Washington, DC 20056-3067


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