American Ancestors Magazine

About American Ancestors

An award-winning publication

American Ancestors is a unique, full-color magazine that comes out four times a year, and offers compelling information for family historians of all levels. Features cover useful genealogical sources, helpful research strategies, compelling historical accounts, and interesting case studies. American Ancestors is a benefit of membership starting at the Individual level, as both a print publication and an online PDF. 

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Fall 2022 issue now available

The fall issue of American Ancestors focuses on common pitfalls in genealogical research, along with articles on Pilgrims, a whaling ship, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Queen Elizabeth II, Jewish recipes, and more.

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Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 2022

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Family History Research

A Message from Our President & CEO Staff Profile
In This Issue Obituaries
Branches of Our Family Staff List
News Family Focus
Programs & Tours  

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Family History Research
Ann G. Lawthers

The Story of the John, a Whaling Ship
Sherill Baldwin

Readers’ Genealogical Mistakes

The Ancestry of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
Sarah J. Dery

Robert Charles Anderson, FASG

Queen Elizabeth II: 70 Years
Gary Boyd Roberts


Genetics & Genealogy
A Proposed New Line from Alexander1 Baker of Boston
Frederick C. Hart, Jr., CG, FASG, FGBS, and Lois Gee Lacy

From Our Collections
Commemorating the First Congress
Gerald W. R. Ward and Lynn Betlock

Focus on New York
“They Being Long Dead, Yet Speak”: Three Centuries in the Bowne House Archives
Charlotte Jackson

Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Spotlight
Archives Nosh: Jewish Holiday Recipes from the Collections
Stephanie Call

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You can access and download all past issues of American Ancestors magazine from 2010 to present with your American Ancestors/NEHGS membership.

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Search the magazine database by name, date, keyword, and more. You can also access a database of past issues of New England Ancestors (2000-2009), predecessor to American Ancestors magazine.

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Email letters to or American Ancestors magazine, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. We regret that we cannot reply to every letter. Published letters will be edited for clarity and length.

Have you hit a brick wall in your research?

We seek stories of members’ most challenging “brick walls” for publication in American Ancestors. Send your story to Please limit your submissions to 200 words or less; include your name and American Ancestors/NEHGS member number. We regret that we cannot publish or respond to every submission. Published submissions will be edited for clarity and length.


American Ancestors is pleased to list members’ recently published family history and source records publications. Books must be published within twelve months of the date of submission. In order to have a book listed in American Ancestors, please provide the following:

  1. NEHGS member #
  2. Section (choose one) Genealogies or Other Books
  3. Subject
  4. Title
  5. Author/editor/compiler
  6. Place of publication
  7. Publisher/self-published
  8. Year of publication
  9. Hardcover/softcover
  10. Price
  11. Page count
  12. Specify if index, illustrations or appendixes are included
  13. Description of book in 25 words or less
  14. Contact/ordering information

To place your listing, email


Family association events and DNA Studies in Progress are announced free for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. (The same notice will be published only once per year.) Event notices should be submitted at least six to nine months prior to the event date. To submit your brief notice (75 words or less), email: with “Family Associations” or “DNA studies in progress” in the subject line.


For information on writing and submitting an article to American Ancestorsplease click here to review our writer’s guidelines.