Friday, February 19, 2010

First American Ancestors Magazine issue

We got home from our trip to Santa Cruz and the first issue of American Ancestors was in the mailbag. American Ancestors is the successor publication to New England Ancestors published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This first issue of American Ancestors is Volume 11, Number 1 (Winter 2010) of the continuing series.

In this issue, NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons wrote:

"Welcome to American Ancestors.

"For ten years, our magazine has informed, educated and entertained members and the public with genealogical and historical articles of the highest caliber. Today, we are pleased to introduce its new identity, AMERICAN ANCESTORS: NEW ENGLAND, NEW YORK AND BEYOND. Beginning with this issue, our quarterly embraces a more inclusive, national mission while, at the same time, continues to provide the best resources and advice for New England and New York research. This change better reflects the sometimes peripatetic nature of family migrations, modern demographics, and is made in response to the research needs of our membership database. It is an exciting time for genealogists and we are very pleased to offer you the 'best materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.' "

The Feature articles include:

* Opening the Ozarks: First Families of Southwest Missouri, 1835-1839, by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FASG
* The Joys of Prosopography: Collective Biography for Genealogists, by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
* The First Settlers of New York in 1624, by Henry B. Hoff
* The First Settlers of Quebec, by Michael J. Leclerc
* Tracking Migrating Families: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations, by Paula Stuart-Warren
* Garrisons in New England:... Whereto They Are Orderly Assigned," by Todd Macalister
* Looking at, by Kenyatta D. Berry and Michael J. Leclerc
* Three Generations to Scotland: A Unique NEHGS Research Tour Experience, by Megan Houlihan, Laural Porter Houlihan, and Janis Bailey
* Hair Sense and Sensibility, by Maureen A. Taylor
* Philatelic Genealogy Update: An Initial Assessment of the Genealogical Value of Old Envelopes and Postcards, by James R. Miller.

The issue also has the regular Columns, NEHGS news and announcements, and David Allen Lambert's The Online Genealogist Answers Your Questions column.

At some point in time, the NEHGS website,, will change over to If you type in the American Ancestors URL, you get the New England Ancestors URL, but that may soon change.


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I would really like to purchase a copy of this magazine, especially the lead article - I live in SW MO. Looked at site, and don't see anything on getting a copy.
Thanks for a comment.

Bill ;-)

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

I'm extremely jealous. I live only 45 miles from Boston, and I haven't seen an issue yet. Dr. Bill, you can contact NEHGS via phone or website (email and they will let you know about getting a copy of the journal...

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you, Heather, I'll do that!