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Your generosity makes these unique offerings possible!

Your gift to our signature programs develops enriching opportunities for members and the public to engage in inspirational experiences, research their own family history, expand published scholarship, attend educational programs, interpretive and interactive exhibitions, Heritage Tours, and other personal experiences that preserve legacies and communicate the power and importance of family history.

Every year we identify strategic priorities that you may support to help to advance the study of family history, heritage, and culture in America and beyond by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through scholarship, collections, and expertise.

Support American Stories, American Lives

Your generosity supports American Stories, American Lives, and the expansion of the programs and projects to further understand the American experience. With your help, we will uncover and tell the stories of the individuals who built our nation and benefit future generations of Americans to understand how their past shapes our present.

Support the 10 Million Names Project

The 10 Million Names Project is dedicated to recovering the names of the estimated ten million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in America between the 1500s and 1865. Your gift provides the critical funding necessary to enhance and expand research, programming, and staffing for 10 Million Names. Every donation counts and helps us fulfill the 10 Million Names mission.

Support Searchable Databases

There are considerable costs associated with database creation and hosting, which we offset as best we can using volunteers and other means. Your generosity will go to support our hardworking database team, and the critical tasks associated with database production.

Support Library Collections & Conservation

The American Ancestors Research Center is one of the nation’s leading genealogical research centers. It contains more than a million documents. Your support helps us run this unique resource, to review, process and digitize collections for members and the public.

Support Scholarly Publications

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogy produces some of the most important publications in the field of genealogy, both periodicals and books, in print and online, reflecting our continuing commitment to excellence in genealogical scholarsh

Support Youth Education Initiative

American Ancestors is developing a national family history curriculum that will introduce students to the concepts, benefits, and joy of family history research, thereby inspiring the next generation of family historians.

Support American Inspiration

American Inspiration is an author series featuring best-selling writers and their latest books that explore themes of personal identity, families and immigration, and social and cultural history.

Support Fine Art & Architecture

Experience our original Fine Art & Architecture programming with expert educators such as Curt DiCamillo and special guests. Our in-person and online tours and lectures transport audiences to beautiful locations, opulent interiors, and illuminate the beauties found in public and private art collections.