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

2015 Research Tours

Hartford, Connecticut—SOLD OUT

April 7 – 12, 2015

Explore the repositories of Hartford at 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.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

June 21 – 28, 2015

Join NEHGS for our second trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and delve into the resources at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and other repositories. Track down your ancestors in Northern Ireland through individual consultations, educational opportunities, and expert assistance.

Salt Lake City, Utah

October 25 – November 1

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-seventh annual research tour. Activities include individual consultations with NEHGS genealogists, lectures, and other special events.

2015 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.

Come Home to New England—SOLD OUT

August 4 – 8, 2015

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. To be added to our waiting list, contact

Research Getaway

October 15 – 17, 2015

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.

2015 Heritage Tours

Scotland Sublime: Great Houses & Gardens of the Scottish Borders—SOLD OUT

June 4 – 10, 2015

The exclusive tour, "Scotland Sublime: Great Houses and Gardens of the Scottish Borders," will be led by renowned country house expert Curt DiCamillo, editor of the DiCamillo Companion.

Based at The Roxburghe on the Floors Castle Estate, seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, we will have an exceptional tour of the Scottish Borders, home to some of the country's finest houses and gardens. The largest castle in Scotland, Floors is a magnificent ducal residence filled with room after room of treasures. At Mellerstain, we will see one of Robert Adam's Neoclassical masterpieces, and while at Dalmeny House, home of the Earl of Rosebery, we will peruse one of the largest collections of Napoleonic memorabilia in the world, admire paintings by Gainsborough, Raeburn, Reynolds, Lawrence, and experience the Rothschild collection of eighteenth-century French furniture. Other exclusive visits will include Sir Walter Scott's iconic and recently restored Abbotsford, and the splendid Traquair, continuously occupied for almost 1,000 years and the originator of the Scottish Baronial style. Please contact to be added to our waiting list.

The Great Migration By Sea and By Land—Space is limited, register today!

September 4 – 16, 2015

Join us on a journey of a lifetime—our exclusive "Great Migration by Sea and by Land" tour, when we embark on an Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton on the magnificent Queen Mary 2, flagship ocean liner of the prestigious Cunard line. Our crossing will be followed by a tour of historic sites in beautiful Hampshire and Wiltshire associated with early migrations to New England.

In sum, our crossing will form cherished memories to last a lifetime: we will learn more about our Great Migration ancestors and their world, meet others who share our interest in history and family heritage, and enjoy one of the greatest travel experiences in the world.