Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter
Dear 2016 Flagging volunteers,
It’s that time of year again, Memorial Day Flagging at The Woodlawn Cemetery began on May 21st
The AAHGS Greater New York Chapter will meet on
Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 AM-12 noon
This year, we are approaching 6,500 sites that need to be flagged, so we are looking for more and more volunteers to join us.
If you are available to come to Woodlawn Cemetery, please visit the sign-up survey link and let us know!


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Reclaim The Records

Index to New York City Marriage Applications, Affidavits, and Licenses, 1908-1929, Now Online!

Reclaim The Records‘ first FOIL request, our pilot project, was an attempt to get access under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to the index to some old marriage documents that were stored only in the New York City Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan.

There are two sets of marriage-related records kept on-site at the NYC Municipal Archives. The better-known is the late 1800’s-1937 marriage certificates, originally kept by the NYC Health Department. There are two indices to this record collection, commonly called the “Brides Index” and Grooms Index”, to help you find the right document. Both the certificates and its indices are available on FamilySearch microfilm. They have also been transcribed and turned into a free searchable database through a volunteer-run project organized by non-profit genealogy groups. That volunteer-created transcribed database was also recently added to

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SAVE THE DATE! 1 - 3 September 2016


May 31
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library with an exploration of vital records and the census. First, ...

May 31
African-American Genealogy: An Introduction to Resources and Research Methods
First come, first served. From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become ...

June 1
Free Bus Trip to Calverton National Cemetery
SEATING IS VERY LIMITED! Bus leaves at 8:15 am from John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home 1121 Morris Park Ave ...

June 2
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome, with Alondra Nelson
Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University This illustrated lecture  shows that genetic ...

June 3
Researching Genealogy and Local History Using New York City Directories
In December 1785 David Franks placed an advertisement in the New York Gazeteer announcing that “The New-York Directory [...] will be put ...

June 11
Chapter Evaluation Session
Chapter Membership Participation

June 14
Introduction to Military Records
The National Archives maintains all military service records beginning with the Revolutionary Wary.  Join staff as they provide an overview ...

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