Returning to AAHGS News

If you are a current AAHGS member, you may have heard that I am returning to the News as the Editor.  Myself and Marsha Bembry, Assistant Editor,  are looking forward to providing the AAHGS membership with the latest news and events from around the country!

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to submit something for consideration for publication in the News please send it via email to .

Links in the November/Decmeber 2008 Issue of AAHGS News

Here is the list of weblinks for the articles appearing in the November/December 2008 issue of AAHGS News:

p. 3:  “Black Studies” NARA Catalog:

p. 5:  Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program:

p. 6:  Enumerator Instructions Online

p. 6:  Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  Heritage Arts & Crafts:

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  AfriGeneas at the Movies:

p. 7:  On the Bookshelf selections:

Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 9:

Index to District of Columbia Estates, 1801-1929: OR

African American Slavery, Indenture & Resistance in Illinois 1720-1864

The Washingtons of Wessyington Plantation

p. 9:  Mississippi to Africa:  A Journey of Discovery

p. 10:  Slave Births in New Jersey Online

p. 10:  Navy personnel FREE access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest

p. 11:  Florida State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:

p. 12:  Booker T. Washington Online at Library of Congress:

p. 14:  Free at Last?  Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries

p. 16:  Events listings:  Virginia Beach Genealogical Society

The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS)

NGS Family History Conference:

p. 18:  African American Genealogy Sources in the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library

p. 20:  An Anthology of Respect:  The Pullman Porter National Historic Registry (1st Ed.)

November/December Issue of AAHGS News at Printer

File under better late than never — the November/December 2008 issue of the AAHGS News is at the printer.  Right on the heels of that is the January/February 2009 issue which will include the 2008 article index, listing of individuals named in the Remembrance Register and possibly the call for papers for the 2009 conference.

We are always looking for submissions for the News in the areas of African American history and genealogy.  If you are interested in submitting an article or news item for inclusion in an issue of the News, please email the editor at aahgsnews ‘at’

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish all of our AAHGS News readers a Happy New Year 2009! After an extended absence, we are back on the blog with the November/December and January/February AAHGS News newsletters in the works as I write this.

Thank you to all of our members for continuing their involvement with our organization. Here is the latest update regarding the 2008 elections from our President, Khadijah Matin:

“The AAHGS Board of Directors has voted to defer final ruling on the recent election for officers for the 2009-2010 term pending completion of a review of the procedures employed. We apologize for the delay and any confusion; however, we want to be absolutely clear that process followed comports with our governing documents and that your rights as members have been protected. To that end, the current officers will continue in their positions until the issues surrounding the process have been resolved. When the resolution has been reached, you will be notified through your chapter presidents, through the newsletter, and through the website.  If you have any questions, please contact the vice-presidents for genealogy or history,
Charles Howard at ; or
Denise Lancaster Young at

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2009!

AAHGS News Deadline: July 5th

Just a reminder for those who wish to submit articles for consideration that the deadline for the July/August 2008 issue is July 5th.  Thank you to all of the people who take the time and energy to commit their thoughts to paper and share them willingly with our membership.  Without your contributions, the newsletter would cease to exist.  Editing the News has been an educational experience.  The depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by our members never fails to amaze me issue after issue.  The September/October issue will mark my one year anniversary as Editor.  I cannot wait to see what the next year brings. 

AAHGS News May-June Issue Out

The AAHGS NewsMay-June issue is out and if you are a member of AAHGS, you should be receiving yours shortly.  In this issue, we have some wonderful photographs and an article submitted by one of our members, Roland Stead, of AAHGS New England that document the monument to Prince Estabrook.  The monument was placed at Buckman Tavern in Lexington, Massachusetts in remembrance of his activities in the Revolutionary War.   

Also in this issue is a review of That’s My Family, a Canadian genealogy search engine first posted on Dick Eastman’s blog.  A subsection of this website, Under a Northern Star, includes valuable information on the African American community in Canada. 

Loretta Dabbs from the Central Florida Chapter of AAHGS submitted an article on a talk given by Dr. Rosalyn Howard entitled “Looking for Angola:  Negroes and Seminole Indians.” 

Columnist Marian Pierre-Louis has an article on Blogging Your Dreams contest winner Melissa Holloway who received $5,000 to preserve and revitalize Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Pennsylvania.  Eden Cemetery is home to many notable residents including Absalom Jones, co-founder of the African American Episcopal Church. 

Thanks to all of our contributors that help to make the AAHGS News an interesting and informative  publication.