About NEHGS Publications

History of Publications

The history of the publications of New England Historic Genealogical Society is the history of the institution itself. From its inception, NEHGS has sought to produce and share the very best in genealogical research. From scholarly articles to introductory research guides, our publications have appealed to and assisted researchers of all levels. In the early years our interest was solely on New England, but over the past several decades we have expanded our focus well beyond the region’s borders.

Scholarly Publications

Recent Publications

The Register

The Register set the standard for American genealogical writing in 1847 with the publication of the first issue of its quarterly journal, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The founding members intended not only to preserve important genealogical documents and materials, but also to disseminate this information and make it widely available. The Register contained previously unpublished historical and genealogical material, including transcriptions of source material and short genealogies.

Collage of Register covers

American Ancestors magazine

American Ancestors, our members-only magazine is published four times a year. This award-winning publication presents the latest news and offerings from American Ancestors and NEHGS, as well as a range of appealing feature articles and regular columns.

American Ancestors magazine collage

Mayflower Descendant

Mayflower Descendant began in 1899 as a publication of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The journal has been a major source for Mayflower research and records, as well as for other early families in southeastern Massachusetts. Record abstracts, English and Dutch origins, and serial published genealogies have long been staples of the journal. Recent articles have featured Mayflower descendants who are also Native and African American, as well as notable figures. Articles have also utilized DNA testing as additional genealogical evidence


Newbury Street Press

With more than eighty published books (and twenty-eight more currently in progress), Newbury Street Press has produced invaluable contributions to genealogical scholarship.

A photograph of John Major's genealogy book