New England Historic Genealogical Society

    You may have noticed that we have added American Ancestors to our listing of databases. American Ancestors is a collection of genealogical databases created by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 

    The NEHGS is a genealogical society that was founded in 1845 and is dedicated to collecting and preserving American family histories.  Although their main focus is on New England genealogy, they also have resources helpful to those researching families outside the New England region, including New York.  Some of their databases can be viewed for free through a home computer, but others require you to register online or to become a paid member to view the information.  However through our subscription, you can view the member-only databases (all except for the “external databases”) by using our in-house database computers in adult reference. 

    If you have not used the American Ancestors databases, I encourage you to try it out. It contains many different types of records, and it includes more than just New England resources. Information and tips on searching the databases can be found at

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