Get a FREE Guide To Getting Started With Church Records


Church records are an essential tool for family historians. Church records include registers of sacramental events such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials. They may also include membership lists and vestry minutes. These records provide critical information, especially in areas where civil vital record keeping did not begin until close to the 20th century

Use our free guide to help get you started using vital records for your genealogical research. 


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About Us American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, We are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

We are a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.