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, 501(c)(3), tax exempt status under the group exemption provided by the national organization.
In addition to intra-member exchanges, the chapter sponsors evening research trips to repositories 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 a national conference – www.aahgs.org. Every spring, AAHGS-NY co-sponsors a Harlem Genealogy Conference with the Harlem Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.
General Membership meetings are held from 1:00 - 4:00 PM on the second Saturday of each month, September through June , in the 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.
AAHGS Journal, bi-annual
AAHGS News, bi-monthly national society newsletter