About Us

St. Louis African American History & Genealogy was formed in late 2008 with the first workshop being held January 2009. There were over 70 attendees with 50 becoming paid members.

Today, STL-AAHGS is the authority on African American History & Genealogy in the St. Louis Area. This group provides ongoing information to assist the beginning researcher as well as the more experienced.


The St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code


  • Identify, document, collect, and preserve all aspects of family histories and genealogy of, by, and about African Americans.

  • Create an environment that is regarded, regionally, as the focal point of expertise and resources that attracts researchers interested in African American family histories and genealogy.

  • Acknowledge and disseminate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent to the broader community; to develop and merge multimedia and literature with expanding technologies as it relates to our underlining focus; on a regular basis, create relevant components designed to foster community involvement across all gender and age groups; To engage individuals and community institutions in projects and programs including, but not limited to, outreach, seminars, workshops, conferences, public forums and to encourage people to people relationships.


“Cultivating our roots by collecting, documenting and preserving our African American heritage”