A Center for Excellence in Family History Programming

The Brue Family Learning Center is dedicated to introducing family and local history to a national and international audience. Founded by Nord and Suzanne Brue, the Center supports the creation of programming aimed at helping both the novice and experienced genealogist -- and engaging anyone with an interest in researching family history.  

Located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—known online as American Ancestors to millions of users—is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. The gift will endow the creation of a new Brue Family Learning Center as part of a campus expansion program to introduce family and local history to wider audiences. It will also fund the creation of unique program content in family history for the organization’s online and special events offerings. 

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I felt like I had hit a wall in my research and your class showed me the door to continue. Thank you so much! I appreciate it more than words can express.
Jean L.

Founders Suzanne and Nordahl Brue

In 2019, Bruegger’s Bagels co-founder Nordahl Brue and his wife Suzanne Brue gave $1.5 million to American Ancestors/NEHGS to endow a family history learning center to help anyone learn more about their ancestry. 

The Brue Family Learning Center produces hundreds of family history programs each year, which reach many thousands of people around the world.

 

Suzanne and Nord Brue

Upcoming Lectures

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

Lecture
Online
Free

Weston Park: The House, The Families, and The Influence

Join Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning at Weston Park, for a look at his new book illustrating the story and extraordinary collections of the historic house in Shropshire, England.

February 10, 2023

Fine Art and Architecture with Curt DiCamillo

Lecture
Online
Free

DNA Consultations at American Ancestors

Have you taken a DNA test and need help deciphering results? Learn about how an American Ancestors DNA consultation can help you make the most of using DNA in your family history research.

February 10, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Searching Great Migration Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

Learn how to research your 17th-century New England ancestors using the Great Migration Study Project, which documents over 20,000 individuals who immigrated to New England between 1620 and 1635.

February 16, 2023

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

The Houses of Parliament, 1086-2086

Hear from curatorial consultant Annie Kemkaran-Smith about the history and architecture of the palace of Westminster, the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

February 17, 2023
Curt DiCamillo

Fine Art & Architecture with Curt DiCamillo