Developed by experts at American Ancestors/NEHGS, this free-to-access national curriculum is designed to expose students in grades 4 through 6 to the concepts, benefits, and joys of family history.
Listen to Rare Audio From Formerly Enslaved People
ABC News Correspondent Alex Presha sat down with 10 Million Names historians Dr. Kendra Field and Dr. Vincent Brown to discuss the impact of first-hand accounts, exploring the legacy of slavery through rare and historic audio interviews with formerly enslaved individuals that were recorded in the 1940s and ’70s.
American Ancestors and 10 Million Names at Rootstech 2024
Will we see you at Rootstech 2024? If you're in-person in Salt Lake City, come find us at booth 411 this week, February 29 through March 2. If not, you can visit our free virtual booth to access special classes and expert tips! Plus, don't miss a special announcement on Friday March 1, when American Ancestors CEO Ryan Woods takes the Main Stage!
10 Million Names is a new initiative to recover the names and stories of the estimated 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in America between the 1500s and 1865.
Together with a collaborative network of genealogists, cultural organizations, and community-based family historians, we will amplify centuries of family stories, connect researchers and data partners with people seeking answers to family history questions, and expand access to information about enslaved African Americans.
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Where Were Your Ancestors during the Boston Tea Party?
In partnership with the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, we are pleased to introduce the Boston Tea Party Descendants Program: a lineage society for descendants of Boston Tea Party participants and those involved in colonial rebellion in Boston. The program has already aided in the discovery of unprecedented documentation from this historic event.
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!
Vita Brevis: A Resource for Family History
There's something new to discover every week on our blog Vita Brevis. From expert research advice to jaw-dropping family connections, celebrity genealogies, and more, you'll discover stories about families of every kind—and learn why family history matters to everybody.
Using Irish Land Records in Your Family History Research
Land records are a critical part of Irish family history research. Discussing—but also moving beyond—Griffith’s Valuation, this online seminar will delve more deeply into leveraging land records in your family history research for both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The Scots-Irish in America: Origins and Migrations
The Scots-Irish have been immigrating to America since the early 18th century. Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will discuss the rich history and enduring legacy of the Scots-Irish in America, providing research tips and resources along the way.
Verifying Your Jamestowne Lineage
Jamestowne was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and had already been growing and developing for 13 years by the time the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts. In this three-week online course, Executive Director of the Jamestowne Society Bonnie Hofmeyer and genealogist Ann Lawthers will discuss essential resources, record collections, research strategies, and historical context for verifying your connection to Jamestowne.
Presented by Bonnie Hofmeyer and Ann Lawthers
Historic New Orleans: An Insider’s Look
Join Curt DiCamillo for a showcase of the finest private homes of New Orleans, and learn about the fascinating and diverse history and heritage of this iconic city.
Brooke Kroeger with Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism
Join us in Women’s History Month to examine the lives of some of the best-remembered and long-forgotten woman journalists, standout reporters who covered the major news stories and every conflict at home and abroad since before the Civil War. In addition to chronicling the careers of journalists and newsroom leaders, Undaunted explores the larger story: the nearly two-centuries-old struggle for women’s rights as it manifests in a field where women have never found easy welcome.
Moderated by Tracy Lucht
James L. Swanson with The Deerfield Massacre: A Surprise Attack, a Forced March, and the Fight for Survival in Early America
Once it was one of the most infamous events in early American history. Today, it has been forgotten by many – except for those whose ancestors were victims, and the many tourists who visit the small Massachusetts town and view the massive, tomahawk-scarred door that came to symbolize the notorious Deerfield Massacre of 1704. Don’t miss learning more about their experience of tragedy, survival, sacrifice, family, and faith from two historians with deep knowledge of this violent time in colonial American history.
Moderated by David Allen Lambert