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.
Spring 2022 issue now available
This issue’s cover story provides a behind-the-scenes look at the recent overhaul of our website. We also present articles on researching a 19th-century orphan, an 18th-century clockmaker, and the trousseau of Prudence Merritt, as well as features on family letters, Connecticut mental health stories, and the Fairbanks House Museum of Dedham, Massachusetts. This issue also includes our 2021 Annual Report. Members of American Ancestors can download a PDF of the issue at our past issues archive.
Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2022
The New AmericanAncestors.org: Expanding Our Reach
|A Message from Our President & CEO||Staff Profile|
|In This Issue||Obituaries|
|Branches of Our Family||Staff List|
|Programs & Tours|
The New AmericanAncestors.org: Expanding Our Vision
A Colonial Landmark Looks to the Future: The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts
Researching Mental Health Histories
In Search of Clockmaker “Jonathan Mulliken of Falmouth”
Using Family Letters to Illuminate the Past
|The Trousseau of Prudence Merritt
Research Services Case Files
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