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American Ancestors Magazine

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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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Spring 2024 issue now available

In this issue of American Ancestors magazine, we explore how artificial intelligence is changing genealogy. Other articles discuss research on a series of post-Civil War sketches of Black men and women, an ancestor who fled England after being convicted of regicide, and the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History’s “Building Connecticut’s Bookshelf” exhibition.

American Ancestors Magazine Spring 2024: How AI is Changing Genealogy
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Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2024

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Genealogy

In This Issue

Out & About with American Ancestors



10 Million Names Update

Staff Profile

Your Member Benefits

Staff List

Programs & Tours

Family Focus
The Enduring Power & Promise of Family History:
Highlights from Our 2023 Annual Report

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Genealogy

James Heffernan

Regicide in the Family: My Search for John Dixwell

Sarah Dixwell Brown


Prompt This: Using ChatGPT and Other AI ChatBots for Genealogy

Melanie McComb


Of “Desdemona’s Struggle”: A Search for a Black Family in Civil War America

Henry Tonks


Perplexity: A New Type of AI Tool

Maureen Taylor


Building Connecticut’s Bookshelf

Katie Heidsiek


Genetics & Genealogy 

My Surprising DNA Test Results

Nancy Caralyn Illman

From Our Collections 

The Johonnot Fire Bucket

Gerald W. R. Ward

State Spotlight 

The Louisiana Catholic Gumbo

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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