Meeting Dates and Times
General Membership meetings are held from
1:00 - 4:00 PM
on the second Saturday of each month,
September through June.
Joseph P. Kennedy Center -Lower Level Cafe area
34 W. 134th St
Harlem, NY 10037
(Enter from 135th St. between Lenox Ave [Malcolm X Blvd] and Fifth Ave.)
Spirited dialogue and an active exchange of views and information is evident at monthly meetings where members and guests lecturers offer presentations on topics related to genealogy and history; our core disciplines. Monthly forums also afford opportunities for regional committees (e.g., Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic, and Caribbean) to motivate and support individual research, record research finds, discuss regional news and explore helpful techniques. Experienced members also conduct on-site consultation for both new and advanced researchers – affording each person an opportunity to talk about issues and problems encountered and, devise plans for addressing current needs. Coordinated by the Membership Committee, AAHGS-NY began a mentoring program in the fall of 2012. The mentors are experienced research partners who can provide individualized assistance to less experienced or new researchers.
In addition to intra-member exchanges, the chapter sponsors evening research trips to repostories such as the New York Public Library, New York City National Archives, and the African Burial Ground. We also conduct public genealogy workshops in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as well as long-distance trips to ancestral regional locations, from time to time. Educational outreach extends to churches, schools, libraries, community organizations and local events in an effort to share our expertise and enthusiasm for genealogy and history.
The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) holds its national conference in the fall either in Washington, D.C. or an alternate location. For registration and other conference details, please consult the national website – www.aahgs.org.
Every spring, AAHGS-NY co-sponsors the African American Genealogy Conference “Family Search and African Heritage” in the Harlem Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/Mormons). The conference is held in April or May at the Harlem LDS/Mormons Chapel located at 368 Lenox Ave (Malcolm X Blvd), Harlem, NY, 10037, (between 128th–129th streets), (917) 492-0850. Times and programs of events are announced once the program's agenda has been finalized.
Whatever your background, African-American, African –American with mixed heritage or other, if you have an affinity for African-American genealogy, there is someone at AAHGS whose history resembles your own. So, if you are interested in lively discussions with an engaging group of individuals who challenge and support each other in this work, we strongly urge you to consider becoming a member.