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Free Webinar: Researching War of 1812 Veteran Ancestors
July 7, 2022
Emigrant party on the road to California 1850. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Online Seminar: Tracing Ancestors on the Move in America
Wednesdays in August 2022
The End of Dinner, 1913, by Jules-Alexandre Grün
A Dinner in Honor of Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes
July 28, 2022
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President and CEO of NEHGS D. Brenton Simons

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

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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.

Vita Brevis

Upcoming Events


Researching War of 1812 Veteran Ancestors

Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert will discuss key resources for researching War of 1812 veterans, including compiled service and pension records, muster rolls, correspondence from officers, town histories, and a new database from

July 7, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center


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


Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors

This four-week course will guide you through the peculiarities of French-Canadian research and teach you how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and maximize your search results.

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Author Event

Women in the Gilded Age: Two Authors’ Insights

Hear stories of women during the Gilded Age from Laura Thompson, author of Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, and Betsy Prioleau, author of Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age.

Moderated by Esther Crain
July 7, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series


Early Art Collecting in Renaissance Venice

Hear fascinating anecdotes of the pioneering art collectors who led to the creation of the modern art world.

July 8, 2022
Curt DiCamillo

Fine Art & Architecture with Curt DiCamillo

In Person

Family History Refresh: How to Become a Better Researcher

American Ancestors is coming to Chicago! This in-person seminar will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research and teach you how to tackle brick-walls like a pro.

July 9, 2022

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