New England home
Free Webinar: New England Town Records
May 26, 2022
three author headshots
Imagining the Jewish Past: Three Authors Discuss Jewish History and Literary Inspiration
May 26, 2022
The End of Dinner, 1913, by Jules-Alexandre Grün
A Dinner in Honor of Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes
July 28, 2022
julian fellowes
President and CEO of NEHGS D. Brenton Simons

New Book Release! Four Families of St. Mary's County

David Kruger's new release, with a foreword by scholar and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., traces 1,500 descendants from St. Mary's County, Maryland, 800 of whom descend from three enslaved people sold by Georgetown University in 1838. Follow these families through the progression of American history and learn about the roots of Americans who have been taught to expect "that they would never be able to know their origin stories. In defying these expectations, David has given us a great gift: hope.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Save 10% off online courses with your American Ancestors membership!

Starting in February, members of American Ancestors at the individual level and higher can register for online courses with a 10% discount. Discount is automatically applied when you log in with your membership. Register now for online courses starting February 1 or later and save today!

NEHGS in the Media

Seen on TV: A Visit with Samantha Brown

Our own VP of Research Services Lindsay Fulton is featured on the newest episode of the PBS travel show Samantha Brown's Places to Love. Lindsay talks with the show's host about her family history and demonstrates why New England Historic Genealogical Society is a great place to visit. The show is airing around the country on local PBS stations now, but won't be shown on Boston's local PBS station GBH until Sunday April 3rd at noon. If you live outside Boston and want to watch it now, find your stations here, or you can view the episode online at the show's website.

In the News: Reexamining Nepotism in Hollywood

Don't miss this recent article from USA Today about "nepo babies," the new trending term for young Hollywood stars who break into the industry with help from their already famous parents. VP of Research Services Lindsay Fulton weighs in on whether a talent for performance might "run in the family" and what genealogy can tell us about this trend.

Zoom Demo: The New

Join Claire Vail, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Communications, for a demonstration on the newly launched! Learn about key new features, how to navigate the site, and how to get the most out of the website from home. You can also visit our New Website FAQ for more information.

new website collage

Search 1.4 billion names to find your ancestors' records

Search records from all over the world now

I can't tell you how great it feels to be so supported by NEHGS and those of you who bring together such quality programming and make sure it goes as planned.  The online courses, the website, the databases, the "chat with a genealogist" opportunities, the list goes on . . . it all is simply a treasure.  For years my mom was a member of NEHGS and found it so helpful; I just wish she were still alive to attend and enjoy with me the courses now offered.  She would be delighted to know that I'm following in her footsteps.
Barbara Owens

Vita Brevis is 3 Million Views Old!

Vita Brevis, our family history blog, recently marked an important milestone: 3,000,000 page views since it launched in January 2014. Join editor Scott C. Steward for a look back on some of the most popular posts, from research advice to celebrity genealogies to personal stories of family connections made through genealogical research.

Vita Brevis

Upcoming Events

In Person

Imagining the Jewish Past: Three Authors Discuss Jewish History and Literary Inspiration

You are cordially invited to join the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center on May 26 for a special evening of community, conversation, and celebration, featuring a panel discussion with authors Anita Diamant, Allegra Goodman, and Rachel Kadish. Moderated by Michael Hoberman, PhD.

May 26, 2022

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center


Making the Most of the US Federal Census

This five-week course will delve into the ins and outs of the US Federal Census, providing you with the full context of population and non-population schedules and helping you use census records more fully and more accurately.

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center


Researching Loyalist Ancestors

Approximately one third of the population in the American colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War were loyal to the Crown. Learn how to trace your loyalist ancestors in this three-week course.

May 4, 11, 18, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center


The Gardens and Landscapes of Castle Howard: Past, Present, and Future

In this two-week course, Dr. Christopher Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard, will briefly survey gardens across Yorkshire before chronicling the story of the landscape at Castle Howard.

May 24, 31, 2022
Curt DiCamillo

Fine Art & Architecture with Curt DiCamillo


New England Town Records

Genealogist Ann Lawthers will delve into New England town records and demonstrate how you may get the most out of these records for your own family history.

May 26, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Research Tour
In Person

Day Trip to the Massachusetts State Archives

Join American Ancestors/NEHGS experts at the Massachusetts State Archives for a day of genealogical research.

June 3, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Browse all upcoming events in our new Event Calendar

Recent Publications

Download Free Research Guides

The Antiquarto

Join D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors/NEHGS, for exclusive interviews about family history, fine art and architecture, favorite books, and more. 

The latest episode features Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist for the Newbury Street Press at American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hear about her work at the Newbury Street Press, researching and writing family histories; how she got started in genealogy; and her award-winning genealogy "Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague."

Antiquarto logo with bookshelf background and photo of Brenton Simons

Statement of Inclusion

A message from D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO