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August 11, 2022
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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.

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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 samb.tv/watch, or you can view the episode online at the show's website.

Zoom Demo: The New AmericanAncestors.org

Join Claire Vail, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Communications, for a demonstration on the newly launched AmericanAncestors.org! 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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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.

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Tracing Ancestors on the Move in America

The four-session seminar will help you track your ancestors on the move, and give you context for migrations across America from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

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Stories from the Archives: Family Registers

See examples of family registers from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, find out what you can learn from these heirlooms, and learn about preserving such items in your own collection.

August 11, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
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Around the World in a Handful of Objects

Join Matthias Waschek for a survey of works from the Worcester Art Museum's collection which mine the depths of the human experience.

August 19, 2022
Curt DiCamillo

The Brue Family Learning Center

Author Event
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Camper English with Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

In this delightful work of cultural and medical history, Camper English, a cocktails and spirits expert, reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same.

Moderated by Richard Thompson Ford
August 22, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Lecture
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Reading the Gravestones of Early New England

Learn from epitaph expert John Hanson about how to interpret early New England gravestones and what they can tell us about our ancestors' lives.

August 25, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

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Dan Bouk with Democracy’s Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them

Learn the human stories behind the numbers and find out what makes the U.S. Census such a complex portrait of American life in this illustrated talk.

August 30, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

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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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