American Family History Societies

This section lists the country-wide associations from the British Isles FHS to National Genealogical Society giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide Societies

British Isles Family History Society - USA

The association was established in 1988. Their website gives help to people wishing to trace an immigrant ancestor.  It is possible to download copies of their bi-monthly newsletter from May/Jun 2002 to Sep/Oct 2012, and their half-yearly journal from 1988-2010. 

There is also a Surname Register, which contains details of Surnames being researched by group members. 

They also have Study Groups which help people who have English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish roots or those who have Colonial Connections.


Federation of Genealogical Societies

Established in 1976, the association represents over 500 organisations across the US and overseas.  It is possible to download copies of the FGS Voice Newsletter and the Society Strategy Series white papers from their site.


International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

The association was established in 1979 by people who wanted to help others to trace the origins of their British Isles emigrant ancestors.  They are on Facebook and have a searchable blog.


National Genealogical Society

The association was established in Washington DC in 1903.  They have a number of publications available to purchase, which include:

  • Census Returns
  • Heraldry for the American Genealogist
  • Jewish Americans of Jewish Descent
  • Petitions for Name Changes in NY City
  • Research Guides
  • Understanding and using Baptismal Records
  • Will Abstracts
  • Working with Deeds

Other great resources for tracing your family history in America are also available.

If you are just starting your research in America, the Home Genealogy Guide may be of use.