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Benefits of Joining


The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Greater Richmond Chapter (AAHGS-GRVA) was established in 2010. The purposes of this organization are (1) to encourage scholarly studies in local and family history, (2) to encourage individuals who desire to share genealogical and historical expertise to enhance the heritage of African Americans, (3) to host workshops and seminars, to present informative speakers on history, genealogy, and cultural aspects on our heritage and (4) to support and carry out the objectives and policies of the National Society.  

AAHGS-GRVA major focus is genealogical and historical studies of the Richmond area and Central Virginia Counties, however the Chapter has members who have family roots that exists beyond Virginia. Anyone with interest in African-American ancestry is invited to join the Chapter and will find information that extends their genealogical and historical knowledge.

AAHGS-GRVA local chapter members are networked to over thirty-five other local chapters dispersed across the country, through their membership in AAHGS National. AAHGS local members receive numerous benefits by being members of AAHGS National.


These include:

  • Being a part of the largest African American genealogy society in the country
  • Subscription to the award-winning, informative AAHGS News, our quarterly electronic magazine for up-to-date information about Black genealogy issues
  • Subscription to the award-winning AAHGS Journal, an annual publication
  • Discounts on AAHGS publications
  • Members submit books for AAHGS International Book Awards
  • Submit nominations of members and volunteers for AAHGS National Awards
  • Submit articles for inclusion in both the AAHGS News and AAHGS JOURNAL
  • Gain exposure by making presentations at AAHGS events and conferences
  • Coordinate with researchers from other areas
  • Post queries in other chapters’ newsletters and blogs
  • Improvement of genealogical research skills
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One of the most outstanding benefits of membership in AAHGS, is the discount that members receive to attend the Annual National Conference. The conference brings together numerous scholars presenting a wealth of information on genealogical and historical subjects. In 2022 there were over 700 people virtually attending the National conference.