Research Tours and Programs

Travel with NEHGS

When it's time to dig into the collections at libraries and repositories to uncover your family history, NEHGS can help. NEHGS offers guided research tours to locations in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles, as well as research programs at the NEHGS library in Boston. Each program includes intensive days devoted to research, one-on-one consultations, presentations by NEHGS genealogists and local experts, and social activities.Travel with NEHGS, access local knowledge, and explore your family's history with personalized assistance and guidance from our experts. To be added to the waiting list for a sold out program, please contact

2016 Research Tours

Hartford Research Tour

March 7-12, 2016

Explore the repositories of Hartford including the Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Historical Society. NEHGS staff and local experts will provide consultations, lectures, and the information you need to get the most out of Hartford’s genealogical resources. Learn more.

London Research Tour

April 8-16, 2016

Experience one of the largest family history conferences in the world—Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE—and spend a week of intensive research at some of England’s most important genealogical repositories. Visit the British Library, the National Archives, and the Society of Genealogists, attend lectures, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Learn more.

New York City Research Tour

May 15-22, 2016

Join NEHGS for our inaugural research tour to New York City! The Big Apple can be a genealogist’s paradise—you just need to know where to look. We’ll research at the New York Public Library, the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and the Municipal Archives. In addition to lectures and consultations, we’ll make group visits to the Tenement Museum, Ellis Island, and other cultural gems Learn more.

Albany Research Tour

May 22-26, 2016

Explore the New York State Library and the New York State Archives. Now in its fifth year, this popular tour includes one-on-one consultations, lectures, and group meals. Learn more.

Salt Lake City Research Tour

October 30-November 6, 2016
Please note the change in dates from the printed brochure.

Experience the world’s largest library for genealogy and family history as NEHGS returns to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library for our thirty-eighth annual research tour. Activities include individual consultations with NEHGS genealogists, lectures, and other special events. Learn more.

2016 Research Programs

The NEHGS research library in Boston holds millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items that preserve and reveal our history. Travel to our headquarters and explore the treasures within the NEHGS collections, with personalized assistance and guidance from our expert staff.

Winter Weekend Research Getaway

February 25 – 27, 2016

Escape to NEHGS for three days of research, consultations, lectures, and social events while exploring the rich offerings of the NEHGS research library and benefiting from the knowledge of expert genealogists. Learn more.

Come Home to New England

August 9-13, 2016

For more than thirty years, researchers have learned with NEHGS during Come Home to New England, an intensive workshop offering lectures, guided research, extended library hours, and one-on-one consultations. NEHGS has been collecting information about families in America for 170 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials that cover the United States, especially New England and New York, as well as Canada and Europe. This rigorous research program provides the opportunity for you to “come home” to Boston and work closely with NEHGS staff to find your family. Learn more.

Heritage Tours

Quebec: Follow the Trail of New England Captives Carried to Canada

July 16-24, 2016

Between King Philip's War in 1675-76 and the fall of Quebec in 1759 almost 1,000 captives—soldiers and civilians, men, women, and children—were taken by Natives and French from the New England frontier to Canada. Join NEHGS and Donald Friary—experienced tour leader, historian, and former Executive Director of Historic Deerfield—on a once-in-a-lifetime tour that traces the captives’ route north and recounts the story of their lives and fates.

Whether you are a descendant of the captives, want to learn first hand about Native American culture and New England history, or simply wish to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the St. Lawrence valley in lovely July weather—this will be an unforgettable journey! Register by February 15, 2016 to receive a special discount!