New Genealogy Resource – American Ancestors Online

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Get ready, family researchers! Your library is offering another way for you to connect with your family roots. American Ancestors Online*, by New England Historic and Genealogical Society, is a repository for more than 400 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond.

It provides access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and American Ancestors magazine, databases, and more than 200,000 published genealogies, biographies, local histories, vital records, maps, and other printed materials.

Your Genealogy Librarian, Sherri Camp, is excited about what access to this database means for family researchers in Topeka. “The New England Historic and Genealogical Society is one of the most important research archives for New England research,” she said. “It was the first genealogy society in the United States and houses records of more than 100 million names online. That’s presently more than any other genealogical society!”

The New England Historic and Genealogical Society has two scholarly journals, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The American Genealogist. Other publications include The Register, and The Great Migration Newsletter. All of these provide lots of genealogical data to help genealogist gain insights into their ancestral research. The American Ancestors website will be a great asset to anyone researching New England and other states across the country. You definitely want to add this resource to your list.

Check out American Ancestors Online to get started, and scroll through your library’s Popular Genealogy Tools for more great resources. You can also visit with a librarian onsite in the Baker Genealogy Room for one on one advice.

Get connected, and find your family history!

*Note: Due to license restrictions, this resource is only available for use on library computers or your own computer using library Wi-Fi.

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop, Great Writers Right Here author fair, and Community Novel Project. Miranda is also a member of the library's Genealogy Team and Fiction Team, facilitates TALK book discussions, and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group.