AmericanAncestors.org is the most-used genealogical society website in the world. It provides family historians access to more than 400 million records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Learn what online resources exist, how to navigate the website, perform effective database searches, browse our collections online, and more.
Claire Vail joined NEHGS in 2014 and helped oversee the redesign of AmericanAncestors.org. Claire has more than thirteen years of experience as a digital strategist for high-profile institutions in higher education, publishing, and media. She has master's degrees in journalism and English literature, with a concentration in eighteenth-century British and American studies.