Afro-American  Historical  &  Genealogical  Society

New  England  Chapter

The New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS-NE), established in July 1997, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that promotes genealogical research of Afro-American heritage at all levels, beginner through professional. It is affiliated with the national organization of the same name, based in Washington, D.C.

AAHGS-NE has been actively involved in educational, genealogical research activities since its formation. Many of these activities serve to facilitate much needed interaction between African-Americans and the historical and genealogical resources within the New England region.

AAHGS-NE offers seminars and workshops on research techniques and methods used to access local public records, national archives and religious databases. The chapter publishes a bi-monthly Newsletter highlighting recent genealogical findings, seminars, lectures and relevant publications. In addition, surnames and geographies under investigation, as well as other reference materials, are shared among chapter members.

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS-NE) is to encourage African-Americans in all walks of life — students, young adults, and retired persons — to pursue investigation of their family heritage.


The objectives of the New England Chapter are:

  • To encourage membership and active participation in AAHGS
  • To promote the study of Afro-American history
  • To embark on our own discovery of our family heritage
  • To encourage others to discover their family heritage and to help educate them on how to do it