DePaul University students Callie Bretthauer, Nikki Camp, Matt Siek, Mariam Usmani, and Kara Zelasko talked with members of the Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio (KIO) Study Group of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) for this entry in the Museum’s People and Places series. They were students of the Museum’s archivist, Peter T. Alter, as a part of DePaul’s public history program.
Dr. Adlean Harris and Muriel Wilson founded the AAGHSC in 1979. They had noticed the lack of African American genealogical research groups in Chicago and wanted to address the inherent challenges in African American genealogical research. With that in mind, the AAGHSC set out to “preserve and perpetuate records of African American ancestry and to encourage the study of African American history and genealogy.”
KIO members (from left): Dr. Cheryl Gaines, Angela McGhee, Nettie Nesbary, Thomas Tracy, and Bonita Wood.