AAHGS Nashville holds five meetings and three workshops (the 1st Saturday of each month) throughout each year, with the exception of January, July, and September.

Meetings are free and open to the public; workshops are free for AAHGS Nashville members; $35 for non-members. 

Meetings begin at 9:30am and are held at Fort Negley Visitors Center & Park unless otherwise noted. The address is 1100 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203.

2019 AAHGS Nashville Schedule

February 2, 2019 (1pm) – “Getting Started with your African American Genealogy Research” – sponsored by Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Free scanning of digital photos from 10am-4pm. Nashville Public Library. (Free and open to the public) (info)

March 2, 2019 –  AAHGS Nashville 1st Quarterly Meeting. Guest speaker, Fort Negley Descendants Project. (Free and open to the public).

April 6, 2019 –  AAHGS Nashville Workshop: Family DNA Project – ft. guest speaker, Nicka Smith (This workshop is free for AAHGS Nashville members; $35 for non-members – RSVP online

May 4, 2019 –Runaways, Coffles, and Fancy Girls  Guest speaker: Bill Carey (Free and open to the public – RSVP online)

May 18, 2019 – “African American History at the Nashville Zoo” – AAHGS Nashville Tour to be held at the Nashville Zoo. (blog post about the visit)

June 1, 2019 –  AAHGS Nashville 2nd Quarterly Meeting & Workshop – ft. guest speaker: Rodney Freeman (This workshop is free for AAHGS Nashville members; $35 for non-members) – RSVP online; pay $35 fee online

June 8, 2019Greenwood Cemetery Headstone Documentation – come out between 8-11am and help take pictures of headstones using the BillionGraves app. RSVP online.

August 3, 2019 –  AAHGS Nashville 3rd Quarterly Meeting – African Americans of Belle Meade Plantation ft. guest speaker, Brigette Jones. (Free and open to the public); info online; blog post

October 5, 2019AAHGS Nashville Workshop – It’s Time to Tell: Your Personal & Family History.  Guest speaker, Deborah Wilbrink (This workshop is free for AAHGS Nashville members; $35 for non-members); info online; pay $35 fee online

November 2, 2019–  AAHGS Nashville Annual Meeting – Guest speaker, Steven Lewis of the National Museum of African American Music. (Free and open to the public)

December 7, 2019AAHGS Nashville General Meeting – “Show and Tell Your Family History” (Free and open to the public); RSVP online

Other Genealogy & Family History Events

January 12, 2019 – Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society – Show & Tell: Ancestors, Antiques, and Artifacts.  Location: Tennessee State Library & Archives. (info)

January 26, 2019 (9:30-11am)– Tennessee State Library & Archives Workshop: Old News is Good News: Using Newspapers for Your Research – presented by Taneya Koonce, MSLS, MPH (info)

February 2, 2019 (8am-4:3opm)– Black History Month Genealogy Conference: African American Experience in Old Salem.  Hosted by the the AAHGS North Carolina Chapters. Winston Salem, NC. (info)

February 8, 2019– Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture at Tennessee State University. Nashville, TN. (info)

February 27 – March 2, 2019 – RootsTech Genealogy Conference. Hosted by FamilySearch. Salt Lake City, UT. (info)

March 23, 2019 (9:30-11am) – Tennessee Virtual Archives (TeVA) – presented by Jennifer Randles, TSLA Digital Work Group (info)

May 3, 2019 (9:30-11am) – Tennessee State Library & Archives Workshop – presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. (info)

May 8-11, 2019 – National Genealogical Society Family History Conference. St. Charles, MO (info)

June 1, 2019 (9:30-11am) – Tennessee State Library & Archives Workshop: Tennessee Constitutions – presented by Hon. Andy D. Bennett, Tennessee Court of Appeals (info)

June 8, 2019 (10am-11am) – African American Walking Tour of City Cemetery – learn the interesting history of African Americans buried at City Cemetery. Some were enslaved people who lived and worked in downtown Nashville. Others, free of color, were doctors, preachers, barbershop owners and successful business people before the Civil War. For details, contact the City Cemetery at

June 7-8, 2019 – Annual Conference of the Sons & Daughters of the US Middle Passage. Lawrenceville, New Jersey. (info)

June 15, 2019 (9am – 2pm) – Juneteenth Celebration at Rutherford County’s first African American school. Wil be held at Bradley Academy Museum. (info)

June 22, 2019 – Juneteenth Commemoration at Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage. Schedule of activities throughout the day (info)

July 21 – 26, 2019 – Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society.  (info)

August 21-24, 2019 – Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference. Washington, DC. (info)

October 2-6, 2019 – Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Annual Meeting and Conference. North Charleston, SC. (info)

October 10-12, 2019– 40th National Conference of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society. College Park, MD. (info)

October 12, 2019 – 20th Anniversary Living History Tour at the Nashville City Cemetery. Save the date! Visit the Nashville City Cemetery for updates –

November 16, 2019 – Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (MTGS) Annual Seminar ft. Dick Eastman. (info)

December 15th, 2019 – Celebration of the Battle of Nashville at the Nashville National Cemetery, 12pm