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.


  • 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