Guest Benefits

Free access to select online databases and more

Guest Databases

Free Guest accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of AmericanAncestors.org databases to sample a portion of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels. Other new databases may be available to Guests for a limited time.

For the best value and experience, become a full member of NEHGS to advance your family history research with the highest-quality services in the field and access to more than 1 billion records. Membership starts as low as $7.49 per month.*


Free databases include:

  • Boston Pilot: Irish Immigrant Advertisements (Search for Missing Friends), 1831-1920
  • Boston, MA: Taking Records, 1800
  • Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881
  • Family Tree Samplers, 1759-1894
  • Gloucester, MA: Burials in Gloucester Cemeteries, 1720-2003
  • Hampshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1660-1889
  • Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners, 1800-1900
  • Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900
  • Massachusetts: Armenian Immigrant Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1880-1915
  • Massachusetts: Historical Data Relating to Cities and Towns
  • Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries from American Jewish Historical Society, 1875-2012
  • Massachusetts: Society of the Cincinnati
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850
  • Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871
  • New England Ancestors Magazine
  • New York: Wills, 1626-1836
  • Norfolk County, MA: Index to Probate records, 1793-1900
  • Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881
  • Rhode Island Roots
  • Sharon, MA: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery, 1945-2013
  • Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776
  • Suffolk County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1636-1893
  • United States: Social Security Death Index, 1935-2012
  • Weymouth, MA: Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783
  • Worcester County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1731-1881
  • Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881


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