Family Discover Day

Saturday, June 15, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
8150 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova, TN 38018

Our member, Willie Dean Smith, who is the Stake Temple Family History Consultant for the Church has asked for AAHGS Memphis & Mid-South to collaborate with them at this event. Lunch will be served at which time they will share some new information on researching, using You will need to register for the class or classes, so you can be counted for handouts and lunch.

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Upcoming Feature Presentations

Our meetings for the foreseeable future will be either virtual OR virtual/in-person hybrid.

Study Groups

Teaching Tuesday

Teaching Tuesday allows special guest speakers to give in-depth instruction on topics of genealogical interest.

Tactical Thursday

Once a month we meet to take a tactical approach to genealogical problems. On Tactical Thursdays, the group troubleshoots a genealogical problem that is presented to the group.

Other Upcoming Events

Past Feature Presentations

Tuesday, June 11 2024 06:00 PM CDT

Genealogical Landmarks:Telling Our History Through the Built Environment


Presented by Glenn Vaulx III

RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 9TH-April's Teaching Tuesday will feature Glen Vaulx, III , a native Memphian and graduate of Howard University, M.Arch. He is a Project Coordinator, if you'd like to know more, join us.

Register in advance for this meeting:
Zoom Link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, May 23 2024 06:00 PM CDT

Asian American Pacific Islander Month - The Impact of Chinese Heritage On Other Ethnicities


Presented by Emmi Dunn

Guest Speaker Emmi Dunn, Historian, will discuss the impact of Chinese heritage on other ethnicities.

Saturday, May 18 2024 12:00 PM CDT

DNA Basics Extended


Presented by Dr. Karen Baskerville

Dr. Karen Baskerville presents DNA Basics Extended

Thursday, April 25 2024 06:00 PM CDT

Member Queries


Presented by Membership

It's time for Tactical Thursday! Please submit your queries to We will work as a group to break down brick walls in your research. We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

Saturday, April 20 2024 12:00 PM CDT

You've Found Them, What's Next?


Presented by Mark White

If you have researched, collected, filed, and arranged your family information, but have not established a perfect way to share your findings. This session is for you, it will feature Mark White, a Memphis native, “who has spent the past 30 years in the technology space focused on software for non-profits and large organizations”. He is also a Shelby County Historical Commissioner and podcast host of “Our Memphis History”. If you would like to learn more, join us.

Register in advance for this meeting: HERE.

Saturday, February 24 2024 11:00 AM CDT

African Americans & the Arts


Presented by Membership

  • Inspired By Art - Jasymne Flemmons, Artist
  • Memphis Musicians: Blues Melody - Teresa Hill Mays, Genealogy & History
  • Commentary - Chester "Memphis Gold" Handler, Bluesman

Tuesday, January 09 2024 06:00 PM CDT

Genealogy with Clevlyn Anderson


Presented by Clevlyn Anderson

Genealogy with Clevlyn Anderson

Tuesday, December 12 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Forgotten History


Presented by Mark Bell

Forgotten History

Thursday, September 21 2023 06:00 PM CDT

What to Know Before You Go to Africa


Presented by Eunice Buffington

How to Prepare for Travel to Africa by Eunice Buffington

Sunday, July 23 2023 12:00 PM CDT

Black Homesteaders of the South


Presented by Bernice Bennett

Author and genealogist Bernice Bennett provides little-known evidence that Black families living in the South acquired land under the Homestead Act of 1862

Thursday, July 20 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Working with DNA


Presented by Dr. Karen Baskerville


Monday, July 17 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Embracing Heritage


Presented by Della Beavers

Thursdpresentation by travel expert Della Beavers on cost/proposed dates/travel vaccination/travel documents/currency/inter country travel for an unforgettable journey to rediscover your heritage and create meaningful memories.

Saturday, June 24 2023 12:00 PM CDT

Black and Brown Irish Americans


Presented by Martine Brennen

Saturday 24 June

Black and Brown Irish Americans by Irish born genealogist and historian, Martine Brennen

Tuesday, June 13 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Working with Excel and Powerpoint


Presented by Karen Baskerville (Excel) & Teresa Mays (PowerPoint)

Working with Excel and Powerpoint-proposed presentation by Karen Baskerville (Excel) & Teresa Mays (PowerPoint)

Thursday, May 18 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Navigating the United Daughters of the Confederacy


Presented by Shelia Randolph

Afro American genealogist Sheila R. Randolph discuss navigating the UDC process for membership.

Saturday, April 22 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Reclaiming Our Time

Presented by Dr. Payla Royster

Dr. Royster will present a research project idenfying families in the Fredericksburg, VA whose ancestors hail from one of the 12 African nations

Thursday, March 23 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Tracing My Ancestors Great Migration by Train

Presented by Sheeka Sanahori

Our guest speaker for Women History Month will be Sheeka Sanahori, Journalist and founder of Inherited Travel. Sheekna will share her step by step process from family research, to booking on Amtrak, to going on the trip with her son to pay homage to ancestors who moved north during the Great Migration along with her Washington Post article, “Tracing My Ancestors Great Migration by Train”.

Saturday, February 25 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Orange Mound Voices

2471 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

Presented by Various

AAHGS Memphis President Eunice Buffington has partnered with Josh Campbell, director of Spillit and the Orange Mound Arts Council and we're excited for the first of hopefully many neighborhood Spillits. She will share a story how SHEROs are make in Orange Mound and would love to see other AAHGS members share stories.


Join us for an evening of stories from Orange Mound in Orange Mound. This a free event. If you are interested in sharing your story please contact us at

Saturday, February 25 2023 12:00 PM CDT

Researching an Ancestor's Pathway of Enslavement

3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN

Presented by Mayor Lisa Hicks-Gilbert and Brian Sheffey

Guest speakers Mayor Lisa Hicks-Gilbert a descendant of the Elaine Massacre 1919, Brian Sheffey (Genealogy Adventures co-host & award winning author) will present -Researching an Ancestor's Pathway of Enslavement

Brian Sheffey (Genealogy Adventures co-host & award winning author) Researching an Ancestor's Pathway of Enslavement

Tuesday, February 21 2023 10:00 AM CDT

How Research & DNA Revealed the Founder of Several Historically Black Colleges & Universities


Presented by Rowena Featherstone

See the TNGS website for complete details.

As a small child, Rowena listened to her mother as she told stories of ancestors. The gaps in her mother's information inspired Rowena to begin her research. In 2013, on the advice of a friend she joined Ancestry.Com and her DNA tested. Later, in 2019 she joined the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society and in 2020 joined Tennessee Genealogical Society.
she has gained many family members, reconnected with family, and discovered unknown ancestors. One such revelation is historically prominent Bishop Elias Cottrell (1853-1937), of Holly Springs, MS., the brother of her paternal grandfather. 


Rowena Allen Featherstone is a native of Holly Springs, MS.She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, before moving to Memphis and then graduated from Melrose High School in 1970 and received her B.S. from Memphis State University (U of M).  Rowena was Chief Supervisor, Reservation Sales for Delta Air Lines (Memphis) and later owned a Nationwide Insurance Agency.  Additionally, with her late husband, owned Loyal Featherstone Realtors and Builders.  Though semi-retired she continues to enjoy selling real estate with The Peyton Company Realtors. 

Saturday, January 28 2023 12:00 PM CDT

The Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi Project (CWRGM)

3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN

Presented by Membership

This weekend, we will have our first chapter meeting of the year, both in-person at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library and via Zoom. It will be Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. A Zoom link for this will be sent out as well.

Thursday, January 26 2023 06:00 PM CDT

Creating My Family Calendar


Presented by Mia Robinson-Pointer

On Thursday, January 26, at 6:00 p.m., we will have our Tactical Thursday, entitled "Creating My Family Calendar." Our speaker will be Mia Robinson-Pointer. A Zoom link will be sent out later this week.

Tuesday, January 10 2023 06:30 PM CDT

Using Forever Storage for Genealogy


Presented by Taneya Koonce

Forever Storage

Saturday, December 17 2022 11:00 AM CDT

AAHGS Holiday Luncheon

Medallion Restaurant

Presented by AAHGS Memphis Members

., we will have a Christmas luncheon at Medallion Restaurant. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at Please bring a small gift (aprox $10 - $20 value) to exchange.

Tuesday, December 13 2022 06:00 PM CDT

Genealogy Adventures


Presented by Donya Williams

Donya Williams presents "Finding Descendants of Moses Williams"

Saturday, November 26 2022 10:30 AM CDT

Remembering our Ancestors for Thanksgiving

BenjaminHooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

Presented by AAHGS Memphis Members

As we gather for the holidays, we often share stories of the past.

Please join us for our November meeting.  Our meeting this month will be a Show & Tell.  Our members will share stories, memorabilia and stories.

Thursday, August 25 2022 06:30 PM CDT

USCT File of a Confederate Cook


Presented by AAHGS Memphis Members

Tactical Thursday, where we gather as a group to share and tackle genealogical issues, brick walls, family history, resources, etc. That will be Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. CST. 

Saturday, July 23 2022 10:00 AM CDT

The Legacy of Bessie Coleman

Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN

Presented by Thelma Rudd

The Legacy of Bessie Coleman

Please join us for our FIRST in-person meeting since the pandemic began!

Saturday, April 16 2022 12:30 PM CDT

AAHGS Memphis & the Mid-South Meeting and Election Update


Presented by AAHGS Memphis Members

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, March 19 2022 12:30 PM CDT

Annual Membership Meeting

Members, check your email

Presented by AAHGS Memphis

Members Only, discussing election, finance, calendar, etc.

Tuesday, March 08 2022 06:00 PM CDT

From The Big House to the White House: Images of African Americans in Pop Culture


Presented by Rhonda Culver

I have always been a collector and my first collection was a small stamp collection I had in third grade. Suddenly at some point everything I and my family members did, had become important and worth saving, so I kept it! My love of collecting has grown over the years. I now have an alligator/University of Florida collection; a black doll collection: and a pretty sizable Motown record/memorabilia collection. I became more interested in how African Americans were portrayed throughout history and wanted to know the origins of some of the stereotypical images and beliefs surrounding African Americans. I began to collect black memorabilia in the early 1980s. My collection grew but in recent years have collected more contemporary items for their historical significance.

Thursday, February 24 2022 06:00 PM CDT

African Americans Fight For Freedom, Through The United States Colored Troops


Presented by Micheal Cherry

Micheal Cherry is a local expert on the United States Colored Troops. He spearheaded the effort to error a historical marker honoring the African-Americans from Madison County, TN who served on behalf of the Union in the Civil War. He has been a featured speaker in the past for AAHGS Memphis for our Genealogy Think Tank event.

Saturday, February 19 2022 12:30 PM CDT

African American History Through Art

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Presented by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, University of Memphis professor of Art History

Dr. Jenkins is a Professor of Art History-Visual Culture Studies. Department of Art, University of Memphis. She will discuss Black Artists in America: From the Great Depression to Civil Rights She also is the author of Race, Representation, and Photography in 19th Century Memphis: from Slavery to Jim Crow.

Tuesday, February 08 2022 06:00 PM CDT

Black History Month theme: Black Health and Wellness

Members, check your email

Presented by Marilyn Barnes

Marilyn Anderson Barnes will share her special interest in the pursuit to enlighten Black Families about our health.

Saturday, January 22 2022 12:30 PM CDT

FTDNA Group Project: Mason, West-Tenn

Members, check your email or contact for login details.

Presented by John Marshall

John Marshall will describe the FTDNA West Tennessee Project. Families include Maclin, Taylor, Whitmore, Mason, Cody, Baskerville, Malone, Tucker, Williams, Williamson, Fields, Harwell, Godden, Bonds, Hodge, Broadnax, Pweitt, Thompson, Randle, Porter, Rives, Jefferson, Johnson

Saturday, November 20 2021 12:30 PM CDT

AAHGS Memphis Veterans Tribute 2021

Presented by Members CW4 Eunice Buffington, U.S. Army Retired and Barbara Williams

Members CW4 Eunice Buffington, U.S. Army Retired and Barbara Williams are the presenters with a slideshow of family members or members who served in the military being honored at the end.

Saturday, September 18 2021 12:30 PM CDT

Great Finds & Memorabilia

Presented by Group Participation

Interesting items and facts uncovered through research.

Saturday, August 21 2021 12:30 PM CDT

Think Tank 2021

Presented by Wayne Dowdy, Gene Armstead, and Toni Armstead

We are a group of similarly interested individuals, concentrating on researching family history. Our aim is to educate and empower others with tools to discover their family's legacy. We are a small group, operating under the guidance of the national organization. At Genealogy Think Tank 2021 we have two awesome presentations and an introduction to our group which will include a few links that will help you in your future quest. Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, June 12 2021 12:30 PM CDT

Race, Place, and Space in Genealogy

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Presented by Cynthia J. Sadler, Ph.D.

Cynthia J. Sadler, PhD is an anthropologist and historian who has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management program evaluation, and grant writing She served as the official historian for Memphis Heritage Trail, an initiative that recognizes the contributions of African Americans to the City of Memphis. She also served on the design team of the I AM A MAN Plaza, which pays tribute to the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Stake She is currently a history instructor at Southwest Tennessee Community College She has worked extensively in documenting the genealogy of her family, with an emphasis on race, place, and space Using storytelling as an interpretive foundation, she has added authentic voice to narratives that transcended time and generations

Saturday, April 17 2021 12:30 PM CDT

Touring TNGenWeb And How You Can Help

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Presented by Taneya Koonce

Taneya Koonce is an enthusiastic genealogist with a long-standing passion for exploring family history and more than 20 years of professional expertise in information science, research, and information organization. Taneya volunteers extensively in the genealogy community, with current leadership roles in the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, the USGenWeb Project, and the National Genealogical Society

Saturday, February 27 2021 12:30 PM CDT

DNA In A Plain Wrapper

Members, check your email for the Zoom meeting details

Presented by Karen A. Baskerville, Ph. D.

Our featured speaker Karen Baskerville, Ph. D. will discuss DNA is an simple, easy to understand way. "DNA is a Plain Wrapper" will answer your questions about DNA tests, what they can and can't tell you, and how you can use the results to further your own genealogical research. Dr. Baskerville is a neuroscientist and is a Professor and former Chair of the Biology Department at Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At Lincoln, she enjoys teaching neuroscience, anatomy, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and histology courses; she loves to infuse art in some of her courses. She is also actively engaged in research. Her research interests include mechanisms of oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. As a visiting professor, she has conducted research at MIT (Alzheimer’s studies), Penn State College of Medicine (stroke studies), and the University of Delaware (tissue engineering studies). She also collaborates with an investigator at Fox Chase Cancer Center and has a partnership with Drexel University. In addition to teaching and research, she serves as Chair of the Faculty Council.

Saturday, November 21 2020 12:00 PM CDT

Genealogy Research: My Personal Legacy

Presented by Group

Members present their plans or thoughts on what they want their research to convey, to whom, and what form when you are gone.

There are some people writing a book or books, some sharing stories, others leaving files at the library, creating charts, scrapbook format, etc.

Saturday, September 19 2020 12:00 PM CDT

African American Soldiers in WWII

Presented by

It has been 75 years since the end of World War II. We will be celebrating the African-American soldiers who bravely served their country during this conflict.

If you would like us to acknowledges a WWII service member, please send a photo (preferably in uniform) as well as a brief biography OR description of their wartime service to us at

Saturday, August 15 2020 12:00 PM CDT

Genealogy Think Tank 2020

This virtual event will be presented on Zoom

Presented by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Pastor Emeritus, New Sardis Baptist Church & Verjeana Hunt, Memphis Public Library, Public Services Supervisor- History Department

Each year, AAHGS Memphis presents a "Think Tank" to introduce the general public to our group and to help people get started with their own genealogical research

This year's program will feature Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray. He is the author Metamorphosis of Memphis: the Blues and Beale Street 1819-2019 and will speak about his book

Following the feature presentation, there will be presentation aquainting guests on how to get started with their own genealogical research.

Read More on the Think Tank page

Saturday, July 25 2020 12:00 PM CDT

Discovering Family Ties in Unmarked Slave Graves At Red Banks Baptist Church

Presented by Eunice Buffington

Eunice Buffington, genealogist, family historian, entrepreneur, speaker, and YouTube host.

The Family Tree Buff's mission is to research, record, and reveal the unvarnished truth of lost and hidden blood ties using research and DNA analysis. To raise awareness of the generational trauma inherited from slavery and break the cycle of inherited dysfunction.Preserve pride in the importance of family by connecting blood drops, one cousin at a time. Impact the community through activism and a voice for change.

Retired US Army Warrant Officer(CW4), Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, and Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Coach.Descendant of Black Pharaohs, Kings and Queens from England and Scotland, enslaved Africa and Caribbean Natives, and Native American Indians.

Equipped with visual artifacts, books, and historical documents to educate and inspire.My goal is to uncover blood ties through research and DNA connections and reveal the unvarnished truth of the blood ties that connect Black, Red, and White.In doing so leave a record for other researchers seeking that missing link.

Saturday, June 20 2020 02:00 PM CDT

Documenting Your Family History: What You Need to Know as You Get Started

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Presented by Marie Scott

Marie Scott is currently the Parliamentarian for the Black Family Historical and Genealogical Society of Arizona. Her presentation on Saturday, June 20. 2020, will emphasize the importance of applying ethical standards in genealogical research.

Marie is a graduate of Fontbonne University(ST.Louis, MO) with a degree in English Literature.She has spent her career in media related positions which include,Community Affairs Director, KPLR - TV, St.Louis, MO, and Deputy Press Secretary for Vincent C. Schoemehl, Jr., Mayor, ST.Louis, MO, and Community Affairs Director, KMOX News / Talk 1120, a division of CBS Radio.

Saturday, June 13 2020 01:30 PM CDT

Medical History Is A Family History

Presented by Robert Scott, M.D., Ph.D

Our presenter was born and reared in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate studies at Fisk University (Nashville, TN), and he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN). Robert went on to do his residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and he did his general cardiology fellowship at St. Louis University Hospital. He received his sub-specialty fellowship in heart failure and transplant, at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Robert practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana for seven years before accepting the position of medical director of the nascent team, that began the cardiac transplant program at Mayo Clinic, Arizona. He currently serves as the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Arizona.

Dr. Scott is a member of the American Heart Association; American College of Cardiology; International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation; Heart Failure Society of America; and Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Robert holds membership in the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, AAHGS-Memphis Chapter, Black Family Genealogy and History Society(Phoenix, Arizona), and West Valley Genealogical Society.He is researching the surnames of Anderson, Hartsfield, Sargent, and Scott in the states of Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas