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.


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. Register today!

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

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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Society-New England Archives has partnered to digitize and make accessible unique manuscript items, including unpublished family papers, diaries and account books, ledgers, letters, and more.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 23, 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.

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

Irish Genealogical Research: Sources and Methods

Marie Daly

Instructor: Marie E. Daly
Wednesdays, March 18, 25, and April 1, 6:00–7:30 pm EST (5:00 CST; 4:00 MST; 3:00 PST)
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers with ancestors who emigrated in the 19th century

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 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 until May 31, 2015.


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.