One of the benefits of visiting the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is access to several subscription websites. American Ancestors, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is one of those available.
The BCGS Library also has the Society’s journal, American Ancestors, New England, New York and Beyond, and the latest issue, Summer 2013, has several good articles about what’s available in the website databases – and what’s coming soon.
Currently, the American Ancestors databases include essential and unique resources for New England research, including vital event records, cemetery and tax records, periodicals and genealogies. A new partnership with Ancestry.com will be bringing new databases to the website as Ancestry and the NEHGS digitize 40 million records and images for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See the American Ancestors article for a state by state look at the databases available now and soon for these four states.
NEHGS now is also the repository for the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives. “One of the partnership’s first projects will be digitization and development of online access to the unique records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Boston office (1886–1977). The HIAS collection contains more than 30,000 individual arrival cards and case files for primarily Jewish immigrants who arrived in the United States through the Port of Boston, as well as ship manifests, administrative correspondence, photographs, and information, including queries, pertaining to displaced persons after World War II.” AJHS press release, 28 June, 2013.
Anyone at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library may acess the American Ancestors databases available, as well as the extensive collections of books, journals, CDs, etc. at the Library.