Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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December

December 10 - Holiday Open House
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
9:00 AM–5:00 PM Cost: FREE

Join us for a day of genealogy for the whole family at our Holiday Open House! Enjoy free access to our world-class library, free one-on-one consultations with our staff genealogists, special discounts on books, and much more. Bring the kids along and spark their interest in family history with a variety of fun, family-themed activities including a genealogical scavenger hunt.Hear from our experts throughout the day at our Holiday Fireside Chats—small talk on some BIG topics. This year our chats will feature:

  • Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Tips from experts Marie Daly and Judy Lucey. (Starts at 10 a.m.)
  • DNA testing for family history research: Key insight from expert genetic genealogist Christopher Child. (Starts at 12:30 p.m.)
  • Early New England family history research: A panel discussion with the nation’s leading genealogical scholars Robert Charles Anderson, Helen Schatvet Ullmann, and Alicia Crane Williams. (Starts at 3 p.m.)

Enjoy complimentary hot drinks and sweet snacks, and special “in-store only” pricing on charts, books, and gifts. It’s our way of saying “Happy Holidays!”

December 17 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

December 17 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

January

January 4 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

January 6 - Unexpected Genealogy Adventures in the Czech Republic
Part of our First Friday lecture series
Presented by Alex Woodle
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
noon–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

When Alex Woodle began his journey to uncover his family history, he never imagined just how far it would take him. In this talk, Alex will share the story of how his search for his ancestry led him to the Czech Republic, where he would become involved in the restoration of a Jewish cemetery and the synagogue where his family worshipped. Please register.

January 7, 14, & 21 - Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three-Week Class)
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist at NEHGS
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Cost: $50 for full course

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more. Each class includes skill-building exercises to help students apply their new found knowledge. Register today!

January 21 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

January 21 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.