On Day 5 of Family History Month, visit the founding genealogical organization in the United States, NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org, and see what they’ve been up to since 1845.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society offers “family history researchers the most-used genealogical society website in the world. AmericanAncestors.org provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.”
Sign up for a free guest account and you’ll have access to:
With your free guest account, you’ll also be able to access their online learning resources and watch family history webinars or read subject guides.
Don’t want to create a guest account? You can still visit their site and use their scholarly articles and town guides to assist your research.
You’ll also have free access to the first 76 volumes of the New England Historical Genealogical Register, a quarterly publication since 1847 which includes vital records, cemetery records, church records, land records, probate records, tax records, obituaries, and compiled genealogies.
There are also free, online surname and subject indexes for the first 50 volumes of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
NEHGS has multiple membership options and you can follow AmericanAncestors on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram, and Google+ for news on their latest collections and offers. They often have specials on their membership during the month of February, sometimes in October, and will usually offer free access during the week surrounding the Fourth of July. Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free.