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Free Webinar: Using Cemetery Transcripts in Your Family History Research
October 6, 2022
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Online Seminar: Getting Organized: Research, Files, Findings
Wednesdays in September 2022
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Fall Benefit Dinner Honoring Author Rick Atkinson
October 27, 2022
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President and CEO of NEHGS D. Brenton Simons

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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October 13 - 15, 2022

Fall Research Getaway

Escape to Boston for three days of research, one-on-one consultations, social events and more at the American Ancestors Research Center, led by our expert genealogists.

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 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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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

Lecture
Online
Free

Using Cemetery Transcripts in Your Family History Research

Learn about the value of cemetery transcripts for family historians, and where to find them in online and published collections.

October 6, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Research Tour
In Person
Paid

Fall Research Getaway

Escape to Boston for three days of research, one-on-one consultations, social events and more at the American Ancestors Research Center, led by our expert genealogists.

October 13 - 15, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Seminar
Online
Paid

Navigating Our Nation's Federal Records

From military pension records to federal land grants to immigration and naturalization records and beyond, this five-session online seminar will introduce you to the many records available from the National Archives and Records Administration.

September 28, 2022 and October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Author Event
Online
Free

The History of Clothing: Two Authors Discuss Style and Substance

Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring two new works on the history of clothing, from the opulent court of Louis XIV to the modern-day runway.

Moderated by Petra Slinkard
September 29, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event
Online
Free

Adam Hochschild with  American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis

The award-winning historian brings to life 1917-1921 in America⁠—the forgotten yet crucial window between World War I and the Roaring Twenties.

October 11, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Lecture
In Person
Paid

Heraldry and The Heralds

Join Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald at Her Majesty's College of Arms in London, for an illustrated talk about the history of heraldry and the heralds from the twelfth century to the present day.

October 12, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

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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