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Meet the ISGS Member Societies- Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago


In addition to memberships for individuals, ISGS offers an Associate Membership to genealogical societies, historical societies or other related formal organizations within the state of Illinois.

Today, we'll profile the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC).

The mission of AAGHSC is to: 
  • Encourage and promote the study of African American genealogy and history
  • Encourage and instruct members in genealogical research
  • Conduct workshops, seminars or conferences annually
  • Locate, preserve, index and publish private and public genealogical materials, articles and projects
  • Publish African American Genealogical information in a regular newsletter or other publications 
  • Preserve and perpetuate the records of African American ancestors
  • Assist and support libraries, programs and organizations that promote African American genealogy and history for adults and children.
Current AAGHSC President is Roma Stewart, J.D., and Past President is Sheila Smith, Ph.D. 
Annual membership dues are $25 for individual and $40 for a family or joint membership. Monthly meetings are usually held at the SouthEast Atlas Regional Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th Street, Chicago. Regular study groups are also held, focusing on topics such as Tennessee ancestors, Alabama ancestors, and technology. More information on AAGHSC meetings and study groups can be found on their website.

AAGHSC also holds an annual conference in October. Their 2019 conference, "Following Ancestral Footsteps: From the Grave to DNA," featured keynote speaker Bernice Alexander Bennett. Below are some photos from this terrific event!

ISGS is happy to include AAGHSC as one of our Associate Members!  Learn more about AAGHSC at

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