AAHGS was founded in 1977 in Washington, DC by a small group of historians and genealogists, who felt a need to share resources and methodology for pursuing historical and genealogical research.
For more than 43 years, AAHGS members have worked together to trace the historical ties that bind us one to another, mold the present, and shape the future. AAHGS operates as a national organization with local affiliate chapters, such as AAHGS-DC.
The national organization sets the mission and and by-laws of the organization and key responsibilities include producing publications, hosting an annual national conference, maintaining communications, and promoting the work of AAHGS on a national level.
Chapters represent the "feet on the ground". The first chapter was chartered in Columbia, Maryland in 1989. Each year since then, new chapters have been chartered in new locales. Presently, there are 36 chapters in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Members of AAHGS are a diverse group of people of various ages, ethnicities, and professions - all united in their desire to preserve our past as a way of enabling our future.
The organization is affiliated with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a number of state and local genealogy societies and historical organizations.