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Free Webinar: What's New at American Ancestors
September 28, 2023
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Online Course: Beyond the Grave: Uncovering Life Stories from Death Records
Wednesdays in October 2023
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Fall Family History Benefit with Drew Gilpin Faust in conversation with Deval Patrick
October 26, 2023
Drew Gilpin Faust
Deval Patrick

10 Million Names

American Ancestors is excited to announce 10 Million Names, a new project that will recover the names and restore information to families of the estimated 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in America between the 1500s and 1865.

10 Million Names is engaging a collaborative network of expert genealogists, cultural organizations, and community-based family historians. Together we will amplify the voices of people who have been telling their family stories for centuries, connect researchers and data partners with people seeking answers to family history questions, and expand access to data, resources, and information about enslaved African Americans.


10 Million Names

10 Million Names in the News

On Demand: Building Your Genealogical Skills

Take your research skills to the next level! Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will help you get the most out of your family history research.

AmericanAncestors.org Named One of 101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2023

We are pleased to be included on this year's list of 101 Best Genealogy Websites from Family Tree Magazine. Released annually, this list compiles the best online tools available to assist the research of hobbyist genealogists. Visit FamilyTreeMagazine.com to see the full list for 2023.

Family Tree Magazine 202 Best Websites 2023

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. Our mission is to foster interest in genealogical connections to participants in the Boston Tea Party, their families, and those involved in the making of colonial rebellion in Boston.

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Call for Speakers: ICGHS 2024

Deadline November 15, 2023

The 36th International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences is now accepting proposals for presentations by interested scholars, historians, and researchers. Presentations should relate to the theme of this year's congress: "Origins, Journeys, and Destinations."

Family History Curriculum

Classroom-Ready Lesson Plans for Students K-12

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.

...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

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!

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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


Beyond the Grave: Uncovering Life Stories from Death Records

Learn how to use death records to uncover ancestor stories that paint a more complete picture of our ancestors' lives.

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center


The Odyssey of Isaac Allerton: Rebel Pilgrim

This program charts the odyssey of an almost-forgotten founding father: Isaac Allerton. The First Assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony during its first decade, Isaac Allerton rebelled against the arbitrary authority of church and state in England and America. Hear from historian and Allerton expert David A. Furlow on the many rebellions within the Pilgrim's life.

October 5, 2023
Author Event

Scott W. Berg with The Burning of the World: The Great Chicago Fire and the War for the City’s Soul

This enthralling account of one of the most infamous calamities in history tracks the path of the Great Chicago Fire, offering an eye-opening look at its aftermath and the people and forces behind the city’s reconstruction.

October 10, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

Research Tour

Fall Stay-At-Home

Make real headway in your research! This three-day online experience will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to advance your family history research from home.

October 12 - 14, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

In Person

Jewish Neighborhood Voices Community Reception

Join us for a nostalgic reception to celebrate the launch of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center's Jewish Neighborhood Voices online exhibit on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 4 pm at The Williams School in Chelsea, MA. 

October 15, 2023

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center

Author Event

Writing History with the Celebrated NPR Host and Author Steve Inskeep

In this special Writing History event, Steve Inskeep, the popular historian-author and host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, presents his new book, Differ We Must, a compelling and nuanced exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s political acumen. The evening closes with an extended discussion about the hows and whys of writing about history.

Moderated by Ryan J. Woods and Catherine Allgor
October 17, 2023

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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Statement of Inclusion

A message from D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO