James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)


James Dent Walker  was the founder and a president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (National),   He was also the founder, in 1977, and a president of the District of Columbia Genealogical Society. 

Jimmy, as he was known,  was employed for thirty years at the National Archives and Records Administration. During that time he served as a genealogist, research consultant, Supervisor of Military Records, Director of Local History and Genealogical Programs, and Assistant Director of the Institute of Genealogical Research at American University. He was particularly noted for his knowledge of military and pension records covering the period of the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. He exhibited an outstanding ability to uncover sources important to persons of African American descent engaged in researching their family lineage. 

In 1999, Jimmy was elected to the National Genealogical Hall of Fame.  You can read more about him and the award here.


James Dent Walker was married to Barbara Dodson Walker. Mrs. Walker and her family are still active members of AAHGS. She has been named a "HistoryMaker" in 2004.  Read more about Barbara here: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/barbara-dodson-walker-38

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