Programs & Projects


This program allows members to recognize, preserve, and display their lineage as it relates to the creation of Alabama. This program requires members to submit proof of ancestors arriving in the area now known as Alabama before becoming a state on 14 December 1819. The application and documentation is submitted to the First Families of Alabama Committee for verification of the information. Upon acceptance, these records are presented to the Special Collections Department of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where they will be on permanent file. This safe location prevents the possible loss of your valuable family research and preserves your lineage for easy retrieval by researchers. This program is one sure way to preserve your lineage as each member qualifying for the First Families of Alabama will receive a beautiful signed and numbered certificate, suitable for framing. The FFA Certificates Surname List is searchable.


The Alabama Genealogical Society Surname Directory is maintained to promote collaboration among those with ancestral ties to Alabama.  We encourage all with research ties to Alabama to add their family surnames to the AGS Surname Directory.  You do not have to be a member of the Alabama Genealogical Society to participate.  The AGS Surname Directory link.


Each year the AGS President awards one or more “Resolutions of Appreciation” to members who have played a significant role on behalf of the society. . The resolutions are presented as the AGS Fall Seminar, held in Montgomery each October. The list of previous award winners is available.

Certificates of Commendation

  • 1992 — Mary Bondurant Warren

Resolutions of Appreciation

  • 1997 — Alice Lee, Larry Lee Waites, and Frances Etheridge
    1998 — Mildred Kent and Nancy Robinson
    1999 — Stella Gamble and Marcia Collier
    2000 — Billy T. Gamble
    2001 — Aline Anderson
    2002 — Martha Geyer
    2013 — Jyl Hardy
    2014 — James A. Anderson
    2014 — Mary Alice Parker Taylor