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.


Free and open to the public

Researching the History of a House

Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:00 pm eastern time
Presented by: Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Level: All levels

Behind the walls of most homes lies a story waiting to be discovered. Join NEHGS Senior Researcher and former curator of the historic Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA, Meaghan Siekman, to learn how to reveal the history of a home using material culture and written records. She will use case studies to demonstrate how various research strategies, available sources, and physical evidence combine to reconstruct the past of the structure and its inhabitants. Register today!

Get the Most out of your NEHGS Membership

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:00 pm eastern time
Presented by: Sarah Liebenrood
Level: All levels

NEHGS members enjoy a number of benefits—access to one billion records at and entrance to our eight-story research facility in Boston are just the tip of iceberg. Whether you are new to the NEHGS family, have been a member for years, or are considering joining, this webinar will discuss the many benefits and services available to members, and help you make the most out of your membership.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

exclusively for NEHGS members

Immigration & Naturalization in the United States

Instructor: Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, and 19, 2016, 6:00–7:30 pm EDT (5:00 CDT; 4:00 MDT; 3:00 PDT)
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers
Cost: $85

Since the seventeenth century, people have immigrated to America to escape religious or social persecution, claim a better life, or seek adventure. No matter the century, newcomers were expected to show allegiance to their new land. Over time, that expectation developed into the present day naturalization process. Understanding the context of your ancestor’s arrival into the United States and the possible paper trail they left on the path to citizenship, can lead to important genealogical discoveries. This course will guide you through three centuries (1620-1920) of immigration and naturalization in the United States and explain how these records can be used in your family history research. Register today.

For those who Served: Military Research from Colonial Conflicts to World War II

Instructor: David Allen Lambert
Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 6:00-7:30 pm
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers
Cost: $125

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this course, David Allen Lambert will provide you with the tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors. In five, 90-minute class sessions, we will cover researching colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Register today.

Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls: Strategies for Success

Instructors: Sheilagh Doerfler, Katrina Fahy, and Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 6:00-7:30 pm
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers
Cost: $85

Research your ancestry long enough and you’re bound to hit a brick wall—the paper trail vanishes, the family seemingly disappears, and you’re unable to go back to earlier generations. Whether you are struggling to find an immigrant’s exact origins, uncover a maiden name, determine parentage, or discover where a family moved to, cluster research can help. Join Senior Researchers Sheilagh Doerfler, Katrina Fahy, and Meaghan E. H. Siekman for a three-week course on applying cluster research to your project and how broadening the scope of your search can break through a genealogical brick wall. Registration for this course will open in early December.

Mastering New York Genealogy

Wednesdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $125

Finding information about New York ancestors can be tricky. A fire in 1911 at the State Library and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 only adds to the difficulty. This five-week course will guide you through the maze of genealogical pitfalls, and to the bright spots in New York research. Our New York experts will discuss the settlement of New York and early migrations, vital records and substitutes, New York City in the 19th and 20th centuries, land and probate records, the state census, and more. Registration for this course will open in early February.

Elements of Genealogical Analysis: A Class in Methodology

Instructor: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $125

Learn how to analyze records and make sound genealogical conclusions using the same method applied by Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Study Project, but applicable to genealogical problems of all times and places. This five-week online course will present a systematic approach that considers each source, each record, and each possible linkage before making a genealogical conclusion. In addition to more than seven hours of live instruction and video content, the course will provide handouts, downloadable tools, and checklists to help make this method both accessible and effective. Registration for this course will open in late March.

Researching Early New England

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $125

As a group, 17th-century New Englanders are arguably the most studied group on the planet, and thus descendants are blessed with a multitude of resources. In many cases, town vital records, church, colony, court, probate, land, military, and tax records not only have survived, but have been abstracted and published. This five week course will discuss the settlement of and migrations within New England, how to locate and utilize original and published records, and strategies for breaking down brick walls. Registration will open in late May.

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.

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