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American AncesTREES

American AncesTREES by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Create your online family tree now

Welcome to American AncesTREES, a new, FREE online family tree experience from American Ancestors. You can create a tree from scratch, or import an existing family tree, get hints to grow your tree, and use social media features to share your tree with friends and family. You will need a Guest Membership account or higher to access American AncesTREES.

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In addition to keeping your family history data safe and secure, American AncesTREES offers many original features you won’t find in other online trees – including cutting-edge DNA tools – designed to help you organize and advance your genealogical research. We are committed to keeping your data safe, and you can always export a file of all your information. Read our privacy policy and our terms and conditions.

While the standard version of American AncesTREES is always FREE for guests and research level members, higher-level plans with additional features are available at a low annual cost. Contributing members can enjoy the Advanced plan at no additional cost.

Plans and Pricing

Invite people to your tree
Unlimited Hints
AncesTREES Web Clipper
Turn off ads 
DNA Tools  
Private Tree option
(Information about living people
is always private no matter which
plan you choose)
Media Storage2GB
over 500 photos
over 1,000 photos
over 50,000 photos


Contributor-level members get access to the
advanced tree plan and other benefits


FAQ and Tips

Features to try

Please experiment with any and all the features that interest you. Click on everything! Check out the different views of the tree, and the ability to create and print reports. The many features of American AncesTREES can be explored through the left-hand side navigation in the TREES screens.

Is American AncesTREES really free?

The Standard plan is free to guests and Individual-level members. Contributing members have access to the Advanced plan at no additional cost. The Premium version of the plan for $34.95 a year features DNA tools and private trees.

How many trees can I have?

You can create an unlimited number of trees.  

My tree is too big to import.

We suggest importing as many generations as TREES allows to start. Once you’re in TREES, you can continue to import people in your FamilySearch Tree into American AncesTREES. To do this, go to Tree Settings on the left-hand navigation in TREES, and check the box next to “Easy Sync for Family Search.”

What sources are hints from?

Record-based hints from other sources should begin appearing after you create and populate your tree. You may receive hints from American Ancestors, FamilySearch, FindmyPast, Newspaper Archive, Billion Graves, Find a Grave and more. Search hints are available for—search hints suggest collections that are relevant to your search criteria, rather than person-based record hints.

Why do the tree screens have ads in them?

Ads go a (very) small way toward supporting the cost of bringing you this free product. Ads should not obscure any part of the TREES screens, To disable ads permanently, you can either purchase the Advanced TREES plan, or upgrade to a Contributing Membership.