A Center for Excellence in Family History Programming

The Brue Family Learning Center is dedicated to introducing family and local history to a national and international audience. Founded by Nord and Suzanne Brue, the Center supports the creation of programming aimed at helping both the novice and experienced genealogist -- and engaging anyone with an interest in researching family history.  

Located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—known online as American Ancestors to millions of users—is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. The gift will endow the creation of a new Brue Family Learning Center as part of a campus expansion program to introduce family and local history to wider audiences. It will also fund the creation of unique program content in family history for the organization’s online and special events offerings. 

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I felt like I had hit a wall in my research and your class showed me the door to continue. Thank you so much! I appreciate it more than words can express.
Jean L.

Founders Suzanne and Nordahl Brue

In 2019, Bruegger’s Bagels co-founder Nordahl Brue and his wife Suzanne Brue gave $1.5 million to American Ancestors/NEHGS to endow a family history learning center to help anyone learn more about their ancestry. 

The Brue Family Learning Center produces hundreds of family history programs each year, which reach many thousands of people around the world.

 

Suzanne and Nord Brue

Upcoming Lectures

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

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

Lecture
Online
Free

Verifying Descent from Salem’s Accused Witches

Learn about the key records and resources you need to verify your descent from the accused witches of the famed Salem Witch Trials.

October 20, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Magnificence, Marriage, and Murder: The Story of Scotland's Brodick Castle

Get an exclusive glimpse at the breathtaking views, stunning art collections, and intriguing mysteries of Brodick Castle, located on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

October 21, 2022

Fine Art & Architecture with Curt DiCamillo

Lecture
Online
Free

Genevieve Wyner Annual Lecture: A Festival of Freedom

Examining materials from the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center, Dr. Jessica Cooperman will explore the ancient story of Passover as it has been told and retold in American Jewish culture, and interpret what it can tell us about Jewish identity today.

October 25, 2022

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Migrations: From New England To and Through New York

Learn about early patterns of migration from New England to New York and onward to points west, and how you can trace your ancestors who moved through the Northeast.

November 10, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center