African American Genealogical Interest Group

Discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. The group discusses on using a variety of sources, including census research, reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research. Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.


Where: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Directions), various locations


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Meetings Dates: Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from September through May in the West room, from 2:00 to 4:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • January 17 - The speaker was Antonio Suber, VP of White Rock Garden of Memories Cemetery, who is a descendant of Anderson Bonner who came to Texas around 1852 as a slave and who eventually purchased land that included what is today Medical City of Dallas property and for whom a Dallas park is named. 
  • February 21 - The speaker will be Alvin Blakes who will discuss finding the pension application of his Civil War ancestor, Philip Brown , who served in the Union U.S. Colored Troops.
  • March 21 - Note that the meeting will be held on the 3rd floor in the Laurie Evans Studio.
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • Sept 19
  • Oct 17
  • Nov 21
  • Dec 19

Dallas Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446
1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)