The nation's founding genealogical society

Exterior of 99–101 Newbury Street

We are located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and are America’s leading research center for genealogists of every skill level. Visitors have access to millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items that preserve and reveal our nation’s history. NEHGS genealogists, archivists, and librarians are available to assist patrons with their research inquiries and provide orientations to the library collections.

Virtual Tour of NEHGS

Address and Contact Information

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99–101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116, USA

Contact Us: 888-296-3447


The 99–101 Newbury Street location is fully wheelchair accessible. Also, a wheelchair is available for use by request.

Hours of Operation

The NEHGS Library will be closing 45 minutes early, at 4:15 p.m., on Tuesday, August 18, in order to allow staff members to participate in our annual staff outing. We thank our visitors for noting the change in schedule and planning accordingly.

Open Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Holiday Hours 2015

Thursday, 1 January 2015 — Closed for New Year's Day
Saturday, 14 February 2015 — Closed for Presidents Day
Saturday, 23 May 2015 — Closed for Memorial Day
Friday, 3 July 2015 — Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday, 4 July 2015 — Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday, 5 September 2015 — Closed for Labor Day
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 — Closes at 1 pm
Thursday, 26 November 2015 — Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, 24 December 2015 — Closes at 1 pm
Friday, 25 December 2015 — Closed for Christmas
Thursday, 31 December 2015 — Closes at 1 pm
Friday, 1 January 2016 — Closed for New Year's Day


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 at no charge. Flash drives are available for purchase at the library.

Group Visits

NEHGS welcomes visits by groups from genealogical societies, historical societies, schools, churches, and other organizations. 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 may be 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, toll-free at 888-286-3447, or contact us by email at

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

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