by Elizabeth S. Olson
Vice President of the Georgia Genealogical Society
Genealogy Research Workshop -- Participants search the Internet for an historic African-American Mississippi family with the help of discussion leader Elyse Hill (far right) in March 2014 at the Wesley Chapel Public Library in Decatur, GA.
The exercise emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough exploration and analysis of online and physical genealogical documentation, and developing a plan for further research. More photos, plus a handout of the slide presentation, can be viewed via this site's Members Only page.
The focus was Richard and Sallie Robinson, whose railroad discrimination lawsuit was denied in the 1883 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down equality laws for blacks in public accommodations.
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) is a national non-profit membership organization committed to the preservation of the history, genealogy and culture of African-ancestored populations of the local, national, and international communities.
The AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter provides a local forum for sharing historical and genealogical information, methodology and research sources about African Americans with roots not just in Georgia, but in all states and nations.
►Workshops and a speakers' forum to meet the needs and interests of chapter members
►Monthly meetings that offer opportunities to meet other researchers and share research strategies, problems and successes unique to African American family tree searches
►State Research Focus Groups for researchers of specific states, as determined by member interest and participation
►Interactions between family history researchers and genealogists of all levels of experience, from beginners to published veterans
*(The slideshow at the top features Metro Atlanta Chapter members' ancestors, American black history mileposts, significant places and some of the documents we seek. To pause the slideshow, hover your cursor over the desired image.)