Online Classes

Attend classes from your home

NEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. Watch archived webinars, videos, and more. Note: The schedule below is subject to change.


Mining the Treasures in Newspapers

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Rhonda R. McClure
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for genealogists from obituaries to birth and marriage announcements, from feature articles to classifieds. Newspapers also provide historical narrative and a glimpse into your ancestor’s everyday life. Join genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn what information is available, how it can help you in your family history research, and how to access these important resources—especially those available at the NEHGS library and on Register today!

*Please note that the webinar "Digital Collections at NEHGS and AJHS-NEA" has been rescheduled for March.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Christopher Carter
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users provides hundreds of searchable databases and millions of indexed records. Join Digital Collections Coordinator Christopher J. Carter to review some of the basics of searching, learn about new features, and advanced research techniques for exploring our databases. Register today!

French-Canadian Resources at NEHGS

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Rhonda R. McClure
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

People researching their French-Canadian ancestors will be happy to find a wealth of resources and records available in both Canada and the U.S. Join Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure for a look at what French-Canadian resources are available through NEHGS and, plus gain valuable research tips. Register today!

Atlantic-Canadian Resources at NEHGS

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:00 EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: David Allen Lambert
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

Many New Englanders may find that they have ancestry from Atlantic Canada—New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert for an overview of Atlantic-Canadian resources available at NEHGS and online at, and learn valuable research tips. Register today!

Request a Webinar for Your Group

Hire one of our experts to present to your group on a subject of your choosing! Our custom webinars allow members of your group to hear and watch a presentation in real time, interact with a genealogical expert, type in questions and receive verbal responses, and have exclusive access to a recording of the presentation.

Each custom webinar is $250, lasts one hour, and can serve a maximum of 500 individual registrants. Webinars may be scheduled for anytime between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Wednesdays. Requests must be made at least 6-8 weeks prior to the intended event date. Contact or call 617-226-1226 to book your webinar.

Online Courses

Writing and Publishing Your Family History

Instructors: Experts from the NEHGS Publications Team
Wednesdays, January 13, 20, and 27, February 3, 10, 2016, 6:00–7:30 pm EDT (5:00 CDT; 4:00 MDT; 3:00 PDT)
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers

Why is it important to write your family history? Think about the legacy you will be leaving if you write and publish your own family research: not only a legacy for current and future family members, but an important resource for current and future genealogical researchers. The ease and affordability of digital printing give you all the more reason to write and publish! This 5-week course led by the experts at NEHGS will provide you with a step-by-step approach to turning your raw data into an illustrated narrative, Register style genealogy, or ahnentafel. Topics include: choosing a genealogical format, getting the most out of Microsoft Word, adding citations, indexing, layout, and final steps in self-publishing. Cost: $115 Registration for this event is not yet open.

Can't attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! All sessions are recorded and posted to the course webpage. Participants have exclusive access to these recordings and other course materials for at least one month after the final broadcast.


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.

If you have technical difficulties during an event, please consult GoToWebinar’s support service.