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.


Searching Study Projects on

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:00 pm eastern time

Presented by: Lindsay Fulton and Sam Sturgis
Level: All levels
Audience: NEHGS members and guest users

As a leader in genealogical scholarship, NEHGS is proud to support four important study projects: The Great Migration Study Project, covering those who arrived in New England between 1620 and 1640; Early Families of New England, picking up in 1641 and giving accounts of families to 1700; Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, documenting families heading west at the time of the 1790 census; and most recently, Early Vermont Settlers to 1784, which provides sketches of the first settlers to New England’s northern frontier. These cited, sourced, vetted, and carefully researched projects can be a boon to your family history research. Available as searchable databases at, this webinar will discuss the content of each project and show you how to get the most out of these essential resources. A must-view for anyone with early New England roots! 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

Italian Genealogy: Strategies for Success

Instructor: Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist
Wednesdays, June 8, 15, and 22, 2016, 6:00–7:30 pm EDT (5:00 CDT; 4:00 MDT; 3:00 PDT)
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers

Between 1880 and 1920, an estimated 4 million Italians emigrated to America. Today their descendants make up more than 5% of the total U.S. population. Although there has been a surge of Italian records made available online, the nuances of Italian genealogy can pose a number of stumbling blocks: you need to find the town—not just the province—your ancestors lived in, civil registration was not required until 1861, variations in surname spellings are common, and of course, the records are written in Italian. This three-week online course will show you how to find the origins of your Italian ancestors, provide tips on accessing and understanding Italian records, discuss how past geopolitical changes can affect your research, and offer strategies for online research. Cost: $85 Register today!

Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors

Instructor: Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist
Wednesdays, August 17, 24, and 31, 2016, 6:00–7:30 pm EDT (5:00 CDT; 4:00 MDT; 3:00 PDT)
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers

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 you may face. Join genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and utilize search techniques to discover your family’s past. This three-week online course will focus on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec. Cost: $85 Register today!

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.