Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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June

June 22 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

June 25 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

June 25 - Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors
In partnership with the New Hampshire Historical Society
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure
NHHS, 30 Park Street Concord, NH
1:00-4:00 PM Cost: $35 for member; $50 for nonmembers

People researching their French-Canadian ancestors will be happy to find a wealth of resources and records available in both Canada and the United States. French-Canadian genealogy, however, is not without its quirks. Shifting boundaries, “dit” names, and the language barrier are just some of the challenges researchers may face. Join genealogy expert Rhonda R. McClure from the New England Historic Genealogical Society to learn how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and utilize search techniques to discover your family’s past. This workshop will focus on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register through the New Hampshire Historical Society by completing this form or calling Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621.

July

July 1 - Navigating Quebec Notarial Records
Part of out First Friday lecture series
Presented by Daniel Sousa and Sheilagh Doerfler
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
noon–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Notarial records are an essential--yet often overlooked--resource for family historians researching early French Canadian roots. From marriages to estate inventories to labor contracts these records can provide a wealth of genealogical information not found elsewhere. Join NEHGS researchers Daniel Sousa and Sheilagh Doerfler to learn about what types of notarial records exist, how to access them, and how to get the most out of these important resources. Please register.

July 6 - Book Talk: The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams
with author Rosana Wan
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Throughout the fifty four years of their marriage, it was the topic of food that brought John and Abigail Adams together. While many of their letters and journals reflected upon daily tasks on the farm, family, and politics, food played a major role—not only at home, but also throughout John's political career. Their New England roots and their time in Europe contributed greatly to the future executive mansion, later known as the White House. Join Rosana Wan, former park ranger and author of The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams: A Cookbook, for a discussion of her premier work. Book sales and signing to follow. Please register.

July 9 - Making America: Researching Early New England and Revolutionary War Ancestors
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, 6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
9:00 AM–6:30 PM Cost: $85
Registration includes five lectures, door prizes, lunch, and an evening reception

NEHGS is coming to southern California! Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert and Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton for a full-day seminar on how to trace your early New England and Revolutionary War ancestors.Discover go-to resources for 17th-c. New England research, find out how your early American ancestor made a living, learn how to research your patriot ancestors, and more.

Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with our genealogists and visiting staff, enter to win door prizes, browse select publications, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, and enjoy a meal and special reception with fellow family historians. Further your study of genealogy with the experts in family history! View an agenda and register today.

July 9 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

July 23 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

July 23 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

July 27 - Book Talk: Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers
with author Tamara Plakins Thornton
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Nathaniel Bowditch was a mathematician, astronomer, navigator, seafarer, and business executive whose Enlightenment-inspired perspectives shaped nineteenth-century capitalism while transforming American life more broadly. Enthralled with the precision and certainty of numbers and the unerring regularity of the physical universe, Bowditch operated and represented some of New England's most powerful institutions—from financial corporations to Harvard College—as clockwork mechanisms. Join author Tamara Plakins Thornton to learn about the multiple careers of Nathaniel Bowditch and gain a broader, more-nuanced understanding of how powerful capitalists during this era shaped the modern experience. Book sale and signing to follow. Please register.