Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Memphis, TN and the Mid-South
P. O. Box 771731 |Memphis, TN 38177 | 901.318.3990 |

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
38th National Conference
The members of AAHGS Memphis will offer individual assistance to people who wish to research their heritage.
The event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register.
r> Be sure to bring a computer - laptop, tablet, etc. in order to do online research.

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AAHGS Memphis's annual research trip will be a two-day visit to the Tennessee State Library.

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Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
38th National Conference
"The Ancestors on My Mind: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER"

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Early Bird discount until July 15, 2016

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
37th National Conference
"The Ancestors on My Mind: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER"

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Hotel reservations may now be made by calling 888-627-7211

Request AAHGS 2016 rate ($105). Rates in effect from October 10 - October 16.

July 12 - 14, 2016 MAAGI - Midwest African American Genealogical Institute

Allen County Public Libary Genealogy Center, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

For the past three years the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) has provided an amazing learning experience for genealogists and researchers. Since that time, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, also known as MAAGI has grown and has taken its place as a trusted educational and training institute. As the fourth year emerges, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute is growing.

MAAGI's history is a unique one, having been hosted for the first three years at Harris Stowe State University, in St. Louis. Participants found that MAAGI provided genealogical training and guidance needed to expand their skills. For 2016, the MAAGI experience will be hosted at one of the largest genealogy libraries in the country, Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Ft. Wayne Indiana. We are excited about taking the institute to Allen County, and this next year, participants will be able to take advantage of being at this amazing repository, and will be able to utilize the research opportunities while there.

In 2016 attendees will select a track in which they will immerse themselves in a core curriculum for three days with 12 different classes, guided by nationally recognized instructors.

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May 21, 2016 Freedmen's Bureau Index-A-Thon

The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 8150 Walnut Grove Rd., Cordova, TN 38018

Join us from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a Freedmen's Bureau Index-A-Thon.

Click here for the Index-A-Thon flyer.

Join us for a Freedmen's Bureau Index-A-Thon hosted by the Cordova Chuch of Jesus Christ of LDS.

Throughout May 2016, Family History Centers across the country will be hosting Index-A-Thons to help index the Freedmen's Bureau Records. This record set represents an invaluable view into the lives of African Americans directly after the Civil War. These records once indexed, will be searchable for free online. Currently, 77% of the records have been index, but we need your help to finish the job!

Come ready to start indexing! Before you arrive, please:

If you have not already, create a account. Prepare your laptop. Install the Family Search Indexing software already loaded. The software can be found here. Review the Family Seach Indexing Tutorial at⟨=en.

Last hour of the day will include special presentations/instructions on genealogy. When the Freedmen's Bureau Project is over, our goals are to continue to work with these people and help them with their genealogy.

Our "MAIN GOAL" for May 21st is to index as many records as possible. We will have a "TOTE BOARD" to keep track of the number of records indexed.

About the Project:

Freedmen’s Bureau Project that was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum. See for more information.

Please RSVP to Willie Smith at or (901)833-0512.

May 6-7, 2016 Celebrating 10 Years of the “Memorial In May” Cemetery Conference

St. John's Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1016 East Wilson Street, El Dorado, AR

The 2016 “Memorial In May” Cemetery Preservation Conference will be held in El Dorado, Arkansas May 6-7, 2016. Hosted by Reverend Barry Dobson and St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. The conference will be held in the St. John’s Family Life Center, 1016 East Wilson Street so markyour calendars.

Click here for the PAAC 2016 Announcements flyer.

Hotel Reservations—The room block for the PAAC Conference is now open for reservations. Rooms are reserved at the Hampton Inn, 2312 Junction City Road, El Dorado, AR. There is a flat rate of $99 per night for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. If you have AARP or AAA the room rate is $89.00(price listed does not include taxes, taxes will be charged).

Check in time is 10:00am, check out is 12:00pm. For reservations please call 870-862-1800 and ask for the PAAC Conference Block Rate. This reduced rate is available until April 22,2016.

March 4-5, 2016 Mississippi Archives Research Trip

200 North St, Jackson, MS 39201 | 601-576-6850

A group from AAHGS-Memphis will conduct a two day research trip to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Email for details.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 11:00am - 1:30pm PAAC (Preservation of African-American Cemeteries) Jr. Mapping & 3D Workshop

Larry's Pizza (Bowman),801 S. Bowman Rd., Little Rock


RSVP Name and School/ Text to 870-580-1147

October 2015 AAHGS National Conference

Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA |

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
36th National Conference
"Virginia, Where African American Roots Run Deep: Family History and the National Narrative"

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The 36th national AAHGS conference will celebrate Virginia's unique place in African-American family history while recognizing that the year 2015 also marks the anniversaries of various national events in the history of the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Civil Rights Movement. The confernce will explore Virginia family history, local and national episodes in the American history narrative, and connections between Virginia and the rest of the nation.

Enjoy more than thirty conference sessions and take advantage of the many opportunities to do family research in the Richmond region. Conference registration materials will be available in Spring 2015. For further information email

Hotel reservations may now be made by calling 888-236-2437

Request AAHGS 2015 rate ($149 single, $159 double, etc) Rates in effect from Octover 12 - October 18.