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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 2023 issue now available

The fall issue of American Ancestors magazine features stories and research related to the Boston Tea Party, in anticipation of its 250th anniversary in December. Other articles include an account of antisemitism in 1940s Chelsea, Mass., and documentation of enslaved persons in colonial Plymouth. Read a free article from this issue now: Documenting Family Connections to the Boston Tea Party

American Ancestors Magazine Fall 2023: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
Preview the latest issue

Volume 24, Number 3, Fall 2023

Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

A Message from Our President & CEO

Programs & Tours

In This Issue

Staff Profile

Branches of Our Family

Staff List

10 Million Names

Family Focus



The Boston Tea Party: A Pivotal Act of American Defiance

Jean Powers

Discipline and Justice in the Continental Army: Records about
Revolutionary War Courts-Martial 

John P. Deeben

“A Box Worth Keeping”: The Story of the Robinson Tea Chest 

Josiah George

Documenting Family Connections to the Boston Tea Party 

Kristin Harris

Researching for the Boston Tea Party Descendants Program 

Anjelica Oswald

“The fuss which you are making”: The Chelsea Carol Incident of 1949

Miriam Mora


Genetics & Genealogy
Identifying the Birth Family of John Joseph Cooney of Lawler, Iowa, by
Connecting to Egans, O’Briens, and Sullivans
Robert V. Cooney and William M. Cooney

From Our Collections
A Fascinating Recent Acquisition: An Eighteenth-Century Cast Iron Fireback
Edward Stanley 

State Spotlight
New Jersey, Made of Brick
Kyle Hurst


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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.