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By Jean MaguireLibrary Director
| Resources | Library Catalog & Accessing Resources from Home | | Preparing for Your Visit | Visiting | Need Help? |
The NEHGS library—located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston—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. Whether you are planning your first visit, are one of our "regulars," or simply accessing resources from home, this subject guide will help you get the most out of your library visit.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society has been collecting information about families in America for more than 165 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials for Canada and Europe. A summary of library collections is below.
NEHGS is also an authorized center for the use of microfilm from FamilySearch. The microfilm holdings of FamilySearch cover records from all over the globe. Simply visit the FamilySearch microfilm ordering website to order the film you want to use, and select New England Historic Genealogical Society as the location where you would like the film to be delivered. For most film, you will have use of it at NEHGS for 90 days.
As a library patron working within our building, you have free access to a number of subscription-based, online databases. Links to the databases listed below can be found on the welcome screen of each computer in the library. NEHGS members who are logged into AmericanAncestors.org can also access four of these databases from home. Learn more.
Our staff of expert genealogists are available to help you find library resources during your visit. If you have a question needing more in-depth assistance, you can schedule a one-on-one consultation to be held in person at our library or by telephone. 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. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule your appointment. Schedule your consultation today or contact email@example.com for more information.
Our library catalog is an important tool for anyone planning a trip to our library or patrons needing to locate a certain resource while they are at the library. You can access the catalog from home or from the computers on every library floor. You do not need to be an NEHGS member or even be logged in to search the catalog. Learn more about using our library catalog or watch a recording of our previously broadcast webinar, "Get the Most from the NEHGS Online Library Catalog" (below).
Get the Most from the NEHGS Online Library Catalog Live broadcast: June 26, 2014Presented by: Anne Meringolo and Emily BaldoniIntended audience: Anyone using our online library catalogLevel: Beginner Running Time: 1:07:41Description: Join Technical Services Manager Anne Meringolo and Technical Services Librarian Emily Baldoni as they show you how to get the most out of the NEHGS online library catalog. Learn how to search for resources, organize your research, borrow e-books, and access digital editions and manuscripts—all through our online catalog.
You can search by keyword (anywhere in record), title, author, subject, call number, or advanced. A good place to start is with the keyword search.
Subject searches are the most effective way to search for items about a family or place because they retrieve only the most relevant results. Enter a surname here (begin by excluding first names from your search) or a town, county, state, region, or country name. You can also search by topic, such as "Italian Americans."
Once you execute a search and select a result of interest, you can save the record by clicking on the button "Save Record" at the top. Once you have a number of saved records, click "View Saved" and print, email, or save the list for your visit to the library.
The library catalog is also the portal for our expanding Digital Library. NEHGS members logged on to AmericanAncestors.org from home or within the library will find thousands of links to online versions of books and manuscripts from our collections. Some of these online resources have been created by NEHGS (browse our digital library here), and some are found on other organizations’ websites. Certain books published since 1923, and still subject to copyright restrictions, may be borrowed online by one user at a time and then returned. Here is an example.
To make the most of your visit to our library, consider taking advantage of the following resources and services before you arrive:
Note: Lockers are available to store items while using the library.
Admission to the Research Library is free for NEHGS members. Non-members are always welcome and may purchase a day pass for $15. Print or download a floor-by-floor plan of our building. Get directions to our library and archives and learn where to park.
New England Historic Genealogical Society99-101 Newbury StreetBoston, Massachusetts 02116-30071-888-296-3447
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 am–5 pmWednesday: 9 am–9 pmSunday and Monday: Closed
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Photocopies and printouts (from computer and microfilm printers) cost 25 cents per page, except library catalog printouts, which are free. Copy cards for use with the photocopiers are available from a vending machine in the seventh-floor reading room. Copies from the photocopiers and microfilm scanners may also be saved to flash drives. Flash drives are available for purchase at the library.
The NEHGS library is located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Hotel reservations may fill up quickly depending on the time of year. Consult a list of nearby accommodations. Note: NEHGS members receive a special discount at the Charlesmark Hotel, located approximately two blocks from us.
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Whether you are just beginning your family research or have been researching for years, NEHGS Research Services is here to assist you. Our team of experts can:
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