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March 18: African American Quilters Guild

We are delighted to have at this month's meeting the creative women of the African American Quilters Guild of Oakland California.  The AAQGO will present how Quilting can become a part of any Genealogical project.

Meetings will be held at the Oakland Family California FamilySearch Library 

4766 Lincoln Avenue Oakland, CA 94602 ***Until Further Notice*** 

Shopping Amazon Smile Adds Donations to AAGSNC

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the African American Genealogical Society of Northern CA every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to AAGSNC.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select African American Genealogical Society of Northern Ca to receive donations from eligible purchases before you make at which will result in a donation.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.






AAGSNC's Obituary Database Update 2016

Members,  Check Out The New Additions To Our Obituary Database.

 1. Dr. John N. Doggett Jr.

 2. Cleophas Williams

 3. Massie R. Hayes

 4. Jay Payton

 5. Joe Mosly

 6. Joe Booker Bolds Jr.

 7. Oliver W. Wesson

 8. Alvin Conley Jr.

Obituaries Database Launched by AAGSNC

Obituary of James Abernathy
New Obituaries Database Launched

The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) announced on September 21, 2013 The Obituary Project. It is an online searchable database of Obituaries and Funeral Programs. The database is a donated collection from members and friends. These records include deceased from Arkansas, California, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas.

This database is currently available to research on our web site within “Members Only” in the Compiled Databases section.

We welcome contributions to this database. To submit your contribution for this collection contact the Chair of the Web Site Committee.

Ongoing - African American Research Genealogy Workshop

380119_299988056703095_175184449183457_769916_1405464635_nAfrican American Research (Genealogy) Workshop

Description:  Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were comprehensively enumerated in the U.S. Census)?  If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges!

The workshop is scheduled the Fourth Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to :00 pm. 

Fee: FREE - No Charge (all are welcome)


  • 3-ring binder (continuing students, binders should contain all previously distributed hand-outs)

  • NO. 2 pencil(s)  - (As a courtesy ink pens are not permitted in the classroom)

  • USB flash drive

How to register: N/A. Pre-registration not required.

Free for the General Public

  • African American Research Workshop and Individual Assistance | Fourth Wednesdays
    6:00pm to 8:00pm - Workshop
    8:00pm to 8:45pm - Individual Assistance
    Oakland Family Search Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA, (510) 531-3905

    Alvis Ward is available for individual help and as the teacher of the workshop. The goal is to allow participants who work during the day the opportunity to attend the class.

    2017 African American Research Workshop Schedule

    January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24

Location: Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602, (510) 531-3905

Website: AAGSNC Website and Oakland Family Search Library Website


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