About American Ancestors
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.
Fall 2023 issue now available
The fall issue of American Ancestors magazine features stories and research related to the Boston Tea Party, in anticipation of its 250th anniversary in December. Other articles include an account of antisemitism in 1940s Chelsea, Mass., and documentation of enslaved persons in colonial Plymouth. Read a free article from this issue now: Documenting Family Connections to the Boston Tea Party
Volume 24, Number 3, Fall 2023
Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
A Message from Our President & CEO
Programs & Tours
In This Issue
Branches of Our Family
10 Million Names
The Boston Tea Party: A Pivotal Act of American Defiance
Discipline and Justice in the Continental Army: Records about
John P. Deeben
“A Box Worth Keeping”: The Story of the Robinson Tea Chest
Researching for the Boston Tea Party Descendants Program
“The fuss which you are making”: The Chelsea Carol Incident of 1949
Genetics & Genealogy
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