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The African-American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS) is committed to:

  • Assisting novice historians in beginning their family research
  • Facilitating networking among African-American researchers who share a common heritage and culture
  • Promoting African-American genealogical studies among the larger community

Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history. Members share their experiences and knowledge within the society and the general public at large.


AAGS members conduct presentations, seminars and workshops for a variety of local and national audiences - communicating information and research strategies from basic through advanced levels.

Our Beginnings

In 1990, twelve avid African-American genealogists formed a research group while researching at the Western Reserve Historical Society located in Cleveland, Ohio. AAGS has grown steadily and includes novice researchers as well as experienced genealogists, all sharing the common bond of genealogical pursuits.

The society was originally formed as the 14th chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) prior to becoming an autonomous group in 1994. AAGS is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization and a member of FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) and NGS (National Genealogical Society).


Last updated: January 11, 2016

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