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The NEHGS Research Services team offers in-depth research assistance, researching not only your New England ancestors, but all over the United States as well as over seas. We work with records from England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Norway, and beyond. We also help people obtain dual citizenship. Our services cover a wide range of research help such as lineage society applications, assistance with organization and evaluation, writing biographical narratives on your ancestors, find all of your immigrant ancestors and which country they emigrated from. We can also photocopy pages from our vast collection of family genealogies and from our manuscript collection.Learn more about the professional services NEHGS offers:
Research for HireExpert Consultations Photocopy Services Manuscript Research and CopiesMassachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1920 Copies Family History Library Microfilm Orders Probate Order Form
Members receive lower rates on Research Service products. Log in if you are currently a member or click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.
Our researchers examine primary and secondary sources from the NEHGS Library and other repositories as they work to complete requests. Once research has been completed, our researchers will prepare a report of their findings including copies of relevant documents, a summary of conclusions, and suggestions for further research. The NEHGS Research Services team conducts research on an hourly basis The Process of Research Services at NEHGS
If you cannot visit the NEHGS Library in person our research services team can search and copy books, journals, rare books, and microtext materials (including probate and land records) for you. Researchers can search books for names of individuals, families, specific dates, and other information.
Please be aware that we are approximately 10–12 weeks out from completing research requests but once we start your research we won’t put it down until it is complete.
Research Service Rates
$60.00 (per hour)
$80.00 (per hour)
$0.35 (per page)
Shipping and Handling US & Canada
Shipping and Handling International
Order FormWhatever 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, computer resources, royal descents, matrilineal descents, military records, urban genealogy, and Pilgrim ancestry. 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.
Order FormThe Photocopy service provides copies of specific pages from printed materials at the NEHGS Library (excluding manuscript and probate items). Simply provide the book or article title, author, and page number(s) you desire to submit your request. A maximum of 5 sources may be requested at a time. If you do not know the title, author, or call number try searching in our online library catalog. Copies are made in accordance with copyright law. Requests can be made online. Requests are generally completed within 3-4 weeks from receipt.
$0.35 (per page)
Shipping and HandlingUS & Canada
$5.00 (every 10 pages)
Order FormMaterials in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections differ from books and other materials found in the NEHGS Library. In addition to being one-of-a-kind resources, manuscript collections often contain papers, notes, compilations, and other materials and often require consultation with a member of the Manuscript Department as they are examined and photocopied. Because of this, a search of the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections (including requests for photocopies) are subject to the Research for Hire rate structure. The decision to photocopy materials from any manuscript is made by the Archivist, not the NEHGS Research Services Staff. You can request these materials online. Please note that this service is only available to members. You can check the status of your membership or learn more about becoming a member of the society online.
Order FormCopies of Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1920 can be obtained from NEHGS. Please provide the name(s), year, type of event, volume, and page. A maximum of 3 records may be obtained through each request. Requests can be made online. Copies are made in accordance with copyright law.
FHL Film Order FormLibrary patrons at the New England Historic Genealogical Society may order LDS Family History Library microfilm from FamilySearch for use at NEHGS. Place your microfilm order directly with FamilySearch on its Online Film Ordering website and select New England Historic Genealogical Society as your Family History Center. Your film will then be delivered to NEHGS and you may use it at our library throughout the course of the loan period. You will receive an email notification from FamilySearch when your film has been received at NEHGS.
For information on how to use the FamilySearch Online Film Ordering website, please see the User’s Guide.
The cost for microfilms is $ 7.50 per film for short-term loans (90 days), and $18.75 for extended loans (no defined return date). Once NEHGS receives the film, you will be notified via e-mail that the film has arrived and the date that it will be returned to Salt Lake City. On short-term loans, films can be renewed for an additional 90 days at a cost of $7.50 per film by filling out the online form for renewals.