Online Classes

Attend classes from your home

NEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. Note: The schedule below is subject to change.


Genealogical Resources at the American Jewish Historical Society–New England Archives

Judi GarnerStephanie Call

Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Judi Garner and Stephanie Call
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

The American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives collects, preserves and makes available for research the documented history of the Greater Boston and New England Jewish Communities. Accessible to NEHGS members, these collections include some important genealogical resources. Learn more about AJHS-NEA and its partnership with NEHGS, its collections, and what available resources are important to the family historian. Register today!

Using Manuscripts in Your Genealogical Research

Timothy X. Salls

Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:00 EST (1:00 CST; 12:00 MST; 11:00 PST)
Presented by: Timothy X. Salls
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

NEHGS has one of the largest collections of genealogical papers in the United States. Learn how these unique items can benefit your genealogical research. Join Manager of Manuscript Collections, Timothy X. Salls as he provides research case studies and highlights from our special collections. Register today!

African American Resources at NEHGS

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

There are hundreds of resources available at NEHGS to assist you with researching African American ancestors: from published genealogies to local histories, original manuscripts and rare documents to online databases. Gain valuable how-to tips and techniques from researcher, Meaghan E. H. Siekman.

Preparing for Your Visit to NEHGS

Jean Maguire

Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Jean Maguire
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members, guest users, and general public

While some NEHGS resources are now available online, a visit to our acclaimed research center in Boston can yield amazing results. Learn how best to prepare for your visit to our library and archives from Library Director Jean Maguire: search our online catalog, create a resource checklist, schedule an in-person consultation, request manuscript materials before you arrive, and more.

Digital Collections at NEHGS and AJHS-NEA

Sally BennyStephanie Call

Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Sally Benny and Stephanie Call
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

NEHGS and the American Jewish Historical Society-New England Archives has partnered to digitize and make accessible unique manuscript items, including unpublished family papers, diaries and account books, ledgers, letters, and more. Learn about our joint digitization program and how to access these important digital collections from home.

New York Resources at NEHGS

Chris Child

Thursday, July 24, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Chris Child
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

Finding information about your New York ancestors can be tricky. Learn what resources are available at NEHGS and on and gain valuable research tips from genealogist and New York expert, Chris Child.

Online Courses

How to do Irish Research

Marie Daly

Instructor: Marie Daly
Wednesdays, March 11, 18, and 25, 6:00–7:30 pm EST (5:00 CST; 4:00 MST; 3:00 PST)
Audience: NEHGS members

Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records still exist. The growth of available online records has also resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland. This three-week online course aims to provide you with key tips, research techniques, and resources to assist in your Irish research. Topics include: basics of Irish research, techniques for breaking down brick walls, and internet research. Cost: $75


NEHGS webinars are FREE, live events that provide an overview of the resources, expertise, and educational opportunities available at NEHGS. They are open to anyone. Online Courses are paid, in-depth programs available only to active NEHGS members and offer more support material and greater access to the instructor(s). Not a member? Join today!

Anyone can register and attend our free webinars. Participation in online courses is a benefit of NEHGS membership and thus only active members may enroll.

Register for an event by clicking on the program title above or the “Register” link. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the live broadcast.

All information needed to join a live webinar is included in your confirmation email sent upon registration. You will receive the same information by email one day and one hour before the presentation. Note: Log on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to download the Citrix Online Launcher.

All online programs are recorded for future viewing. Recorded webinars are posted to our Online Learning Center and may be viewed by anyone. Recordings of online courses are available only to registered participants of a given course.

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