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Whether you’re new to genealogy or have been researching your family history for years, NEHGS offers a number of ways to help you with your research. You can use our 8-story library and archive and its vast holdings at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston or you can search more than 135 million names on our website AmericanAncestors.org. Our offerings range from free online help to in-depth consultations to guided research tours around the world. Whatever the genealogical need, NEHGS is your expert to help you find the best resources and the best information available.
NEHGS invites you to submit your reference questions to our free Ask a Genealogist service. Every day, our genealogists answer questions and offer feedback on topics including genealogy, methodology, culture, social history, DNA, military history, immigration, and many more. You can access our archive of questions and answers on the Ask a Genealogist page. Email us with your question at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 617-226-1222.
Please note that our Ask a Genealogist staff members do not conduct research, but only provide answers or feedback to queries. In some cases they may refer you to the NEHGS Research Services department or Expert Consultations.
NEHGS provides a unique opportunity to work with one of our expert staff one-on-one. Whether you’re trying to break down stubborn ‘brick walls’ or just need a fresh perspective on your research, learn more about scheduling a consultation with our expert staff.
If you’d rather have our staff of experts conduct the research for you, we can do that too. NEHGS is one of the few genealogical institutions in the country that offers expert help via a Research Services department. Our Research Services staff includes professional genealogists, librarians, researchers, and historians who work together to form an unparalleled team to assist you in your research. Learn more about the various research services we offer.
Every year, NEHGS hosts more than 100 public programs, lectures, seminars, and tours that cover a wide range of topics and areas of specialty. Make plans to join us for one of our many programs in Boston or learn more about our upcoming research tours in various cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
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Join the conversation! NEHGS offers a number of open forums and discussions on many topics, allowing you to share your research results with others or use their research to help with yours. Or you can simply check in to see what everyone’s talking about.
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