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Free Webinar: Stories from the Archives: Family Recipes
December 8, 2022
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Online Seminar: New York City Research: Four Hundred Years of History and Genealogy
Wednesdays November-December 2022
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Virtual Benefit Event Honoring Nina Totenberg, in Conversation with Rita Braver
January 26, 2023
Nina Totenberg
Rita Braver

New K-12 Curriculum Offers Classroom-Ready Lessons for Teaching Family History Research

Calling all educators! Free to access and inclusive of all students regardless of background or family structure, the Family History Curriculum teaches crucial research skills and helps students draw connections between the present and the past. Download all lesson plans now, including customizable handouts and activities, or schedule a free training with our Youth Education Curriculum Coordinator.

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...Over its long life, [American Ancestors/NEHGS] has gathered together the largest collection of original materials about the British people of North America. Its Great Migration study, a continuing study, has also published the most authoritative record of, quite literally, the tens of thousands of British subjects who helped found New England. So, your contributions are unique. And something of which everyone who is a part of it can, legitimately, be very proud of. Human stories of our collective past are at the heart of your work, and I’d like to thank you for helping to keep those stories alive. It is our emotional DNA. And immensely valuable for this generation and our successors.
Sir John Major, KG CH

The Ancestry of Ketanji Brown Jackson

On April 7th, 2022, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the 116th justice of the Supreme Court and became the first Black woman to serve on the court.

In honor of this historic event, our experts researched Ketanji Brown Jackson and Patrick Graves Jackson's family origins.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

New! Courses On Demand

Educational experiences by our experts, at your convenience.

Enjoy some of our most recent and popular courses on your schedule. Each course includes recorded lectures, handouts, activities, and more. Brush up on your research skills and explore topics across the field of genealogy with Courses On Demand!

New Book Release! Strangers No More

Don't miss this new memoir from Bill Griffeth, available now from the NEHGS Bookstore. In his 2016 best-seller, The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir, Bill Griffeth told the story of how he found out that the father who raised him was not, in fact, his biological father. In this sequel, Bill continues his journey with his newly discovered biological family, and shares some of the dramatic stories strangers and friends told him about their own shocking DNA discoveries. In the process, Bill stumbles on some closely guarded family secrets. Warning: It's another page-turner that may keep you up all night!

American Ancestors named one of 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2022

Thank you to Family Tree Magazine for including American Ancestors in their round-up of the best genealogy websites this year! Visit their website to learn more and see the full list of sites.

Seen on TV: A Visit with Samantha Brown

Our own VP of Research Services Lindsay Fulton is featured on the newest episode of the PBS travel show Samantha Brown's Places to Love. Lindsay talks with the show's host about her family history and demonstrates why New England Historic Genealogical Society is a great place to visit. The show is airing around the country on local PBS stations now, but won't be shown on Boston's local PBS station GBH until Sunday April 3rd at noon. If you live outside Boston and want to watch it now, find your stations here, or you can view the episode online at the show's website.

Zoom Demo: The New

Join Claire Vail, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Communications, for a demonstration on the newly launched! Learn about key new features, how to navigate the site, and how to get the most out of the website from home. You can also visit our New Website FAQ for more information.

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Search 1.4 billion names to find your ancestors' records

Search records from all over the world now

I can't tell you how great it feels to be so supported by NEHGS and those of you who bring together such quality programming and make sure it goes as planned.  The online courses, the website, the databases, the "chat with a genealogist" opportunities, the list goes on . . . it all is simply a treasure.  For years my mom was a member of NEHGS and found it so helpful; I just wish she were still alive to attend and enjoy with me the courses now offered.  She would be delighted to know that I'm following in her footsteps.
Barbara Owens

Vita Brevis is 3 Million Views Old!

Vita Brevis, our family history blog, recently marked an important milestone: 3,000,000 page views since it launched in January 2014. Join editor Scott C. Steward for a look back on some of the most popular posts, from research advice to celebrity genealogies to personal stories of family connections made through genealogical research.

Vita Brevis

Upcoming Events


New York City Research: Four Hundred Years of History and Genealogy

Whatever year your ancestors arrived in NYC, this seminar will provide a century-by-century look at records and strategies essential to exploring your New York roots.

November 30, 2022 and December 7, 14, 21, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center


Stories from the Archives: Family Recipes

Take a look at family recipes from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, learn how to find examples in other archives, and get suggestions on how to preserve your own family recipes.

December 8, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Author Event

Paul Fisher with The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World

Join author Paul Fisher for an illustrated talk about the storied life and groundbreaking work of painter John Singer Sargent.


Moderated by Meghan Weeks
December 12, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Courses On Demand

On Demand: Making the Most of the U.S. Federal Census

This course delves into the ins and outs of the US Federal Census, providing you with the full context of population and non-population schedules and helping you use census records more fully and more accurately. 


Available for purchase until:

December 31, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center


DNA in Practice: Leveraging DNA Results in Your Family History Research

This four-week seminar will teach you how to further your family history research with DNA results, using a variety of tools and organizational methods.

January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Research Tour

Virtual Genealogical Skills Bootcamp

Take your research skills to the next level! This intensive three-day online program will teach you how to tackle your family history research like a pro.

January 5 - 7, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Browse all upcoming events in our new Event Calendar

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The Antiquarto

Join D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors/NEHGS, for exclusive interviews about family history, fine art and architecture, favorite books, and more. 

The latest episode features Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist for the Newbury Street Press at American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hear about her work at the Newbury Street Press, researching and writing family histories; how she got started in genealogy; and her award-winning genealogy "Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague."

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Statement of Inclusion

A message from D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO