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Free Webinar | Scots-Irish in America: Origins and Migrations
March 19, 2024
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Online Course | Demystifying DNA: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
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American Stories, American Lives Gala featuring Ron Howard
April 25, 2024
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A Letter from D. Brenton Simons

An important message to our valued members and friends

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Registration is Open! International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences 2024

Join us for the 36th ICGHS at the American Ancestors Research Center in Boston on September 24-28. This will be the first year the conference is held in the United States!

Announcing the 2024 Young Family Historians Essay Contest

This year's essay contest is now open for students enrolled in grades 4–12 in public, private, parochial, and home schools across the nation and US territories. Participants are asked to share a story from their personal family history and to explain how lessons from that story can apply to their life today.

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.

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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.

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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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: 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.

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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.

March 19, 2024
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Free

Getting Started in African American Family History Research

This full-day, virtual seminar will provide you with the first steps in tracing your African American roots. We will look at common challenges and myths, key records and resources, and strategies for making real headway in your research. Our instructors will also share how to utilize and get involved with the 10 Million Names Project, a collaborative endeavor dedicated to recovering the names of the estimated 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in pre- and post-colonial America between the 1500s and 1865.

February 24, 2024
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Ilyon Woo with Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave. Learn more from the author and a Craft descendant about their mission and legacy, and this “Best Book of 2023” (New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, Time).

 
In Conversation with Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
February 26, 2024

American Inspiration

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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. 

February 28, 2024 and March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024
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On Demand: Law & Order: Using Court Records in Your Family History Research

Court records are an important, yet often overlooked, resource for family historians. No matter what side of the law your ancestor may have been on, court records can provide family relationships, places of residences, origins, occupations, and offer unique stories about your ancestors, sometimes in their own words! 

Available for purchase until:

February 29, 2024

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: The Society of Friends: Research in Quaker Records

If you have colonial ancestry in America, chances are there’s a Quaker in your family tree. Learn about the history of Quakerism in the US, UK, and Canada, and how to get started researching your Quaker ancestor.

 

Available for purchase until:

February 29, 2024

The Brue Family Learning Center

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