african american

Genealogy Group

serving philadelphia + the tri-state area

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“A People without knowledge of its History, is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Garvey

We’re on a mission!


African American Genealogy Group is on a mission to help people discover their ancestral roots through education and a commitment to building community.

Next Upcoming Meeting



Come and join us every
2nd Tuesday of each month, except July and August, for our General Meeting.

These meetings are always free and open to the public.


November 2022 General Member Meeting

By Rail, Road, and River: The Great Migration in Your Family Story

With Special Guest Speaker – Adrienne Whaley


Tuesday, November 15, 2022


6:30 – 8:30 PM

The First Great Migration saw the movement of almost 2 million African Americans from the South to the North and Midwest between 1910 and 1940. Before this, the Civil War and its aftermath saw formerly enslaved men and women testing their newfound freedom by seeking new places across the South, West, and Mid-Atlantic to call home.

What genealogical records did these migrations create? And how did the arrival of these men, women, and children – and reactions to their growing numbers – shape the ongoing stories of the cities and towns in which they found themselves?

Join us with former President and current AAGG Programming Chair – Adrienne Whaley – for this special presentation as we explore the ways in which Black migrations between 1865 and 1940 shaped not just families of African descent, but the lives and experiences of Americans as a whole.




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Discover how the African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia can help you trace your ancestor’s journey through established methods geared specifically for African Americans.

How can we help you start your genealogy journey?

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