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    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Sunday and Monday
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  • Holiday Closures

    Wednesday January 1, 2014  - New Year's Day
    Saturday February 15, 2014 - Presidents Day
    Saturday May 24, 2014 - Memorial Day
    Friday July 4, 2014 - Independence Day
    Saturday August 30, 2014 - Labor Day
    Wednesday November 26, 2014 - Closes at 1 pm
    Thursday November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving Day
    Wednesday December 24, 2014 - Closes at 1 pm
    Thursday December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day
    Wednesday December 31, 2014 - Closes at 1 pm

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  • Library ImageThe NEHGS library, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is the nation’s leading research center 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.

    Address & Phone

    New England Historic Genealogical Society
    99-101 Newbury Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007

    What To Do While You Visit

    Our genealogical and historical materials number more than 200,000 titles and millions of items. Here is a summary of our library holdings. For a complete searchable listing, please see our library catalog.

    We offer: published and manuscript family histories, local histories, and records for the U.S., Eastern Canada, and Europe; reference guides; genealogical periodicals; rare books; access to online databases; and more. Learn more about our library.


    Admission to the Research Library is free for NEHGS members. Non-members are always welcome and may purchase a day pass for $20.

    Photocopying and Image Saving

    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.


    Each year NEHGS offers a wide range of educational programs for all family history researchers, including guided tours to major genealogical repositories, lectures from the world’s leading genealogists, and seminars exploring a variety of topics related to family history.

    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

    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.

  • New Visitor Welcome Tour - December 6
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
    12/6/2014 10:00 AM
    Washington DC Research Tour 2015
    Washington, DC
    2/22/2015 1:00 PM
    Hartford Research Tour 2015
    Hartford, CT
    4/7/2015 5:00 PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA

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