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Join the American Ancestors Family

NEHGS members enjoy full access to over 1.4 billion searchable names on, quarterly delivery of the member magazine, American Ancestors, and our scholarly journal, The Register, discounts on research-for-hire, consultations and publications, free admission to our library including special collections and manuscripts, member-only online courses, and our weekly e-newsletter The Weekly Genealogist.

Add a Spouse to a Life Membership: $2,500 ($895 eligible for tax deduction)

Must be age 62 or higher.

Member benefits:

  • Over 1.4 billion searchable names on
  • Quarterly delivery of the magazine American Ancestors and the flagship journal of American genealogy, The Register
  • Free admission to the NEHGS library and special collections
  • The Weekly Genealogist e-newsletter
  • Free access to the NEHGS Ask-a-Genealogist service
  • Premium access to American AncesTREES, an online family tree program
  • Save up to 30% off the best available rate at participating hotels reserved through and
  • Exclusive discount on a one-year subscription to Family Tree Magazine

Additional benefits of Life Membership:

  • No longer responsible for annual dues
  • 3.5-hours of expert assistance (may be applied toward a consultation or research-for-hire)
  • Sterling silver Life Member lapel pin
  • Personalized Life Member Certificate reproduced from NEHGS historical archives
  • $30/hour discount on research-for-hire
  • $30/hour discount for consultations
  • Priority registration for all education programs
  • Exclusive invitations to special events
  • 20% discount on books published by NEHGS (some restrictions and exclusions apply)
  • 1-year Family level gift membership to give to the friend or family of your choice ($119.95 value)

Life Members and Life Benefactors are closely involved with the NEHGS mission to advance the study of family history in America and beyond. With personal account managers, Life Members and Life Benefactors have special access to NEHGS experts and scholarship and enjoy exclusive benefits.

For Life Members who want to share their lifelong commitment to genealogy with their spouse, we now offer Life Membership for couples. Spouses can be added to your Life Membership for half-off the regular price and enjoy all the benefits of Life Membership with you.


How would you like to receive the Register?

You can help us reduce costs and better utilize important resources by opting to not have our quarterly journal The Register sent by mail. Every member will have the option to read each issue online.

How would you like to receive the Register?
Contact Member Services if you need help at or 888-296-3447.