New Database: NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900

Acceptance letter dated 1 August 1845 from the first member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, former President John Quincy Adams.

We are very happy to announce a new database that is part of celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS); NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900.

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Since its founding in 1845, NEHGS has had a written membership process that typically includes written biographical and genealogical information about each new member. As part of the 175th anniversary of its founding, American Ancestors has indexed the membership application forms and correspondence for those who joined between the years 1845 and 1900. The first member was former President John Quincy Adams, and the database contains membership information for several other Presidents and other famous individuals.

The 52 volumes in this database are organized by the year that the member joined NEHGS. The records indexed in this database are generally between the years 1620 to 1900, though some will be found outside this range. The most common record types are Birth, Baptism, Marriage, and Death. There are also many Residence records, as records include where the member lived when they joined NEHGS. This database contains over 11,000 pages of applications and correspondence, and 121,000 searchable names.

We’d like to thank out dedicated team of volunteers including; Shaune-Marie Berg, Kim Bonner, Nancy Borman, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Erin Canzano, George Carter, Becki Clarke, Tom Clements, Fran Danico, Amelia Devin Freedman, Elizabeth Handler, Nancy Johnson, Michelle Kearns, Arlys LaFehr, Toni Lattimer, Don LeClair, Jan Lundquist, Eileen McCarthy, Maureen McCarthy, Marilyn Moffitt, Matt Murphy, Angela Napolitano, Nell Nies, Liz Odell, Jane Papa, Margaret Parker, Julie Roffo, Kay Sencabaugh, Wendy Sheppard, Renda Smith, Sara Stinson, Sam Sturgis, Charlie Watson, Ross Weaver, Judy Welna, Bill Wolfendale, Rich Wood, and Mary Alice Yost. Their efforts made this update possible. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.