The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) was founded in March 1996 under the leadership of Kathryn Burgess Smith. The organizing members were Charlesetta Braggs-Ford, Jeanette Braxton-Secret, Charles T. Brown, Rayford Bullock, Electra Kimble Price, and Ranie George Smith.
- To promote interest in genealogy, biography, and related history of African Americans.
- To supplement and enrich the education of African Americans through the collection, preservation and maintenance of African American genealogical materials.
- To promote the accumulation and preservation of African American genealogical and related historical material and make such material available to all.
- To promote and maintain ethical standards in genealogical research and publications.