American Ancestors call for Stories

Ancestor Strong
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” –Maya Angelou
Submit Your Ancestor’s Story
As we all process the last year of tremendous challenge and change, there is an opportunity to reflect upon our lives in the context of history and our ancestors. Many of us have heard family stories about the tough times they lived through. Wars, pandemics, oppression, displacement, economic crisis– our foremothers and fathers often had it rougher than we do now.

In the spirit of finding inspiration and strength from those who came before us, we’ve asked our members and visitors to share interesting family stories for a new online gallery–”Ancestor Strong.” The memories provided thus far are a testament to the courage, tenacity, and faith of generations past.

To date we’ve received nearly 50 responses and are looking for many more. We’re hoping you can help us get the word out about the call for entries to your members and constituents, as well as give these stories a wider audience. Anyone can visit the site, and via a simple form, submit a story on behalf of an ancestor who inspired them.

Please take a few minutes to page through the gallery to see the existing submissions. You can scroll down on the home page to see the “Share Your Ancestor’s Story” button, which leads to a submission page. 
Thank you for your time and consideration and we look forward to receiving more stories!
American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the nation’s most comprehensive resource for family history research. Members have access to expert family history services through the organization’s staff, original published scholarship, its data-rich website at, outstanding online educational opportunities, and a state-of-the-art research center located in downtown Boston. American Ancestors helps family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.
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