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    2014
    Wednesday January 1, 2014  - New Year's Day
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    The NEHGS library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the nation’s leading research centers for genealogists of every skill level. In it are housed millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items that preserve and reveal our history.

    Our Collections

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society has been collecting information about families in America for over 165 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials for Canada and Europe. Our 25,000 members access information through our library and website.

    See a brief overview of our collections or a more detailed guide to the library.

    Databases at the Library

    Learn more about the wide range of databases available at the NEHGS library to assist members and visitors with their genealogical research.

    NEHGS members: Please also see our External Databases page for access to newspaper and biography databases.

    Ask a Genealogist

    If you have a genealogy or local history reference question, we invite you to submit it to our staff of genealogists through our free Ask a Genealogist service. We can provide you with guidance and suggestions about such topics as where to locate records or what to try next in your research. 

    Expert Consultations

    Whatever your genealogical needs, the experts at our library are here to help and will provide one-on-one consultations in person or by telephone. Our genealogists have in-depth research knowledge of many topics, including New England, Canada, New York, the Midwest, Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, other European countries, online resources and genealogy software, royal descents, matrilineal descents, military records, and urban genealogy. You can choose to consult with our genealogists in-person at NEHGS on Newbury Street in Boston or by telephone from the comfort of your own home. We select the genealogist you will work with by matching staff expertise with the area you are researching. Consultations may be scheduled for a minimum of thirty minutes and a maximum of two hours. The rates are $30 per half hour for NEHGS members and $40 per half hour for others. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule your appointment. Complete and submit a consultation order form here.

    The chart below shows how our research assistance and research-for-hire services differ.

    FAQ Ask A Genealogist Consultations Research Services
    What is it? Online reference assistance/advice Guided research assistance Research for hire; plus other services
    Who can participate? NEHGS members and non-members NEHGS members and non-members NEHGS members and non-members
    How do I ask a question? Email or online form Email or online form By phone, email, online forms, or in person
    How are responses given? Email, online archive, weekly e-newsletter, American Ancestors magazine (publicly) By phone or in person at NEHGS in Boston (privately) In a detailed report (privately)
    Will the expert do research for me? No No Yes
    Cost Free Members: $60/hr* 
    Non-members: $80/hr
    Members: $60/hr 
    Non-members: $80/hr
    For more information AmericanAncestors.org/ask-a-genealogist AmericanAncestors.org/library AmericanAncestors.org/research-services
    Contact askagenealogist@nehgs.org consultations@nehgs.org research@nehgs.org

    *Premium level members receive additional discounts on the hourly rate as well as free consultation time. Learn more about premium member level benefits.

    To learn more about how we can assist you with your research, watch the previously broadcast webinar:

    Access the Expertise at NEHGS from Home
    Live broadcast: April 10, 2014
    Presented by: David Lambert and Suzanne Stewart
    Intended audience: Anyone looking for research assistance
    Level: All levels Running Time: 47:05
    Description: Learn how the experts at NEHGS can help you with your research. Chief Genealogist David Lambert and Director of Research Services Suzanne Stewart explain how our staff of experts can assist you through our email service Ask A Genealogist, consultations by phone or in person, and our research for hire program—all of which you can access from home.

    Group Visits

    NEHGS welcomes visits by groups from genealogical societies, historical societies, schools, churches, and more. Our staff can provide an orientation and tour of the library, as well as customized presentations about our resources, website, collections, or other special topics as needed. Please provide at least one month’s notice before bringing a group of ten people or more to the library. Group discounts for nonmembers are available. Availability for group visits on certain days may be limited due to special events at the NEHGS library.

    To schedule a group visit, or for more information, please call our Education Department at 617-226-1226 or toll-free, 888-286-3447, or email education@nehgs.org.

    If your group is new to genealogy research, a helpful video can be found in our Online Learning Center: Getting Started in Genealogy

    Please use our Library Guide and Library Collections Overview to familiarize your group with the resources available here. 

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