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Free Webinar: Getting Started in Scottish Research
February 2, 2023
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Virginia Research: Four Centuries of History and Genealogy
Online Course | Wednesdays in February 2023
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Virtual Benefit Event Honoring Nina Totenberg, in Conversation with Rita Braver
January 26, 2023
Nina Totenberg
Rita Braver

Young Family Historians Essay Contest

We're asking students across the nation to explore what they’ve learned about themselves, the community, and the nation by reflecting on a story from their personal family history. Students enrolled in grades 4–12 in public, private, parochial, and home schools across the nation are invited to participate.

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Stacy Schiff with The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Don't miss this discussion with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author about her revelatory biography of Samuel Adams, a singular figure at a singular moment in American History. In her distinctive voice, Stacy Schiff restores this revolutionary to the pantheon of the most critical Founding Fathers on the 300th anniversary of his birth.

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Family History Curriculum

Classroom-Ready Lesson Plans for Students K-12

Developed by experts at American Ancestors/NEHGS, this free-to-access national curriculum is designed to expose students in grades 4 through 6 to the concepts, benefits, and joys of family history.

The Ancestry of Ketanji Brown Jackson

On April 7th, 2022, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the 116th justice of the Supreme Court and became the first Black woman to serve on the court. In honor of this historic event, our experts researched Ketanji Brown Jackson and Patrick Graves Jackson's family origins.

...Over its long life, [American Ancestors/NEHGS] has gathered together the largest collection of original materials about the British people of North America. Its Great Migration study, a continuing study, has also published the most authoritative record of, quite literally, the tens of thousands of British subjects who helped found New England. So, your contributions are unique. And something of which everyone who is a part of it can, legitimately, be very proud of. Human stories of our collective past are at the heart of your work, and I’d like to thank you for helping to keep those stories alive. It is our emotional DNA. And immensely valuable for this generation and our successors.
Sir John Major, KG CH

New! Courses On Demand

Educational experiences by our experts, at your convenience.

Enjoy some of our most recent and popular courses on your schedule. Each course includes recorded lectures, handouts, activities, and more. Brush up on your research skills and explore topics across the field of genealogy with Courses On Demand!

American Ancestors named one of 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2022

Thank you to Family Tree Magazine for including American Ancestors in their round-up of the best genealogy websites this year! Visit their website to learn more and see the full list of sites.

Zoom Demo: The New AmericanAncestors.org

Join Claire Vail, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Communications, for a demonstration on the newly launched AmericanAncestors.org! 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.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Seminar
Online
Paid

Virginia Research: Four Centuries of History and Genealogy

This four-week online seminar provides a century-by-century look at the records, resources, repositories, and research strategies that are essential to exploring your Virginia roots.

February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Getting Started in Scottish Research

Tracing your Scottish heritage is rewarding, but not without its challenges. Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to learn the first steps in tracing your Scottish roots.

February 2, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Courses On Demand
Online
Paid

On Demand: Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors

Learn how to locate and use essential French-Canadian resources, analyze records, and maximize searches to discover your family’s past. This course focuses on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec.

 

Available for purchase until:

January 31, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Courses On Demand
Online
Paid

On Demand: Digitizing Your Family History Collections

Digitizing your family history papers and collections can help you in your ongoing research, prolong the life of these resources, and provide an accessible format that can be shared with generations to come. Our experts demonstrate best practices to plan, scan, and manage your digitization project at home.

 

Available for purchase until:

January 31, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Author Event
Online
Free

Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army

Join author Adam D. Mendelsohn in conversation with Professor Jonathan D. Sarna as they discuss Mendelson’s acclaimed new book about the stories and struggles of the Union Army’s Jewish soldiers.

January 31, 2023

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center

Author Event
Online
Free

Matthew F. Delmont with Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

Join civil rights expert Matthew Delmont for a discussion of his new work, which reveals the long-overlooked experiences of Black soldiers during World War II.

Moderated by Christian Walkes
February 2, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

Browse all upcoming events in our new Event Calendar

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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."

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Statement of Inclusion

A message from D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO