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Gary Boyd Roberts in Washington Post

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"It certainly isn’t rare for a president to have a relative who is embarrassing,” said Gary Boyd Roberts, a scholar at the New England Historic Genealogical Society who has studied presidential lineages.


Read more about Gary Boyd Roberts and wayward presidential relatives in the Washington Post.

Ellen DeGeneres visits Boston

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Ellen DeGeneres Event NEHGS staff Brenton Simons and Tom Champoux visited with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at an event held in Boston on August 10. Local press and fans gathered to celebrate Ellen’s show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has featured genealogical research by NEHGS on several occasions.

The Van Dusens of New Amsterdam

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Manhattan Island 1626NEHGS and staff members Brenton Simons, President and CEO, and Ryan Woods, Director of Internet Technology, were recently featured in the New York Times as descendants of Abraham Pieterszen Van Dusen, one of the first European settlers of Manhattan.

Abraham, who, records show, by 1627 was the operator of a windmill on Manhattan Island has more than 200,000 descendants over 15 generations scattered across the Americas.

Read more about the Van Dusens through history.

NEHGS Chronicle Video

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ChronicleOn Tuesday, July 19, the New England Historic Genealogical Society was featured on the award-winning newsmagaine, Chronicle.

See NEHGS experts Brenton Simons, Christopher Child, David Allen Lambert, Michael Leclerc, and Joshua Taylor, help people of all ages and backgrounds discover their family history.

Click on the links below to see episode segments:

Segment One

Segment Two

Segment Three

Segment Four

NEHGS on Chronicle, July 19, 7:30 PM

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WCVB The Boston ChannelWatch NEHGS on Chronicle, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 PM.

See interviews with NEHGS experts Brenton Simons, David Dearborn and Joshua Taylor, and learn how NEHGS genealogists assist people of all ages and backgrounds research their family histories in America and beyond.

Chronicle airs on WCVB Channel 5 in Greater Boston.

The Wall Street Journal Highlights NEHGS

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Wall Street Journal Genealogical TravelThe New England Historic Genealogical Society was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal highlighting the growing popularity of exploring your family roots through genealogical trips.


The article highlights some of our most popular tour offerings such as London, Belfast and Dublin.

Ken Burns Honored by NEHGS

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Ken Burns Honored

On Friday April 29th, noted filmmaker Ken Burns was given the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Lifetime Achievement Award. As the Society's guest of honor at this year's annual dinner, Ken Burns was also gifted a detailed genealogy which traced his ancestry to, among others, Abraham Lincoln. Learn more at

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