The New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS-NY) received its charter from the Washington, D.C. based national organization in 1989. One year later, member Jean Sampson Scott passed away. Mrs. Scott was an author, educator, lecturer, genealogist and founding member of both the national and local organizations. In recognition of her many contributions, the chapter was renamed. To date, it is known as the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter (AAHGS-NY). It is one of 30 chapters nationwide; each receiving non-profit, tax exempt status under the group exemption provided by the national organization.
At its inception, eighteen creative individuals had a vision for a special organization. By signing the charter, they committed themselves to learning, teaching, discussing, researching, writing and exchanging views related to genealogy, family history and the African American experience – as conveyed in the legacies, cultures, lifestyles and histories of centuries of African ancestored people.
The experiences and lessons learned by AAHGS-NY pioneers gave the organization a strong foundation on which to build. Today, a solid group of serious researchers, genealogy buffs, family history enthusiasts, historians and other interested persons meet regularly to further the group’s mission and responsibility to conduct family history research and share these experiences in public contexts inside and outside the United States. The Board of Directors, along with operational and regional committees, supports programs and activities.