Online Events

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Please note: All online programs are moving forward as scheduled—we look forward to seeing you online!

Note: The schedule below is subject to change.

Research Program

Virtual Genealogical Skills Boot Camp

Live broadcasts April 8 - April 10 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $375

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. This intensive three-day program will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research and teach you how to tackle genealogical problems like a pro. Topics include: strategies for analyzing records, online research, breaking down genealogical brick walls, and more.

    Program includes:
  • 12 lectures from American Ancestors experts
  • Live demonstrations and group activities
  • Access to session recordings, handouts, and other materials until July 31, 2021

NOTE: Live sessions will be broadcast through Zoom Video Conferencing.

Thursday, April 8: THE BASICS: RECORDS, RECORDING, ANALYZING
All lectures presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Welcome and Introductions

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Genealogy 101

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Lunch break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Record Analysis, Part I

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT Break

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT Record Analysis, Part II

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Extended Q&A, Conclude

Friday, April 9: BREAKING DOWN GENEALOGICAL BRICK WALLS
All lectures presented by Lindsay Fulton, Vice President for Research and Library Services
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Taking Action: How to Create a Research Plan

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Family Ties: Using Extended Family to Circumnavigate a Brick Wall

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT Broadening Your Scope: Employing Ancestral Associates in Your Research

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Knowing the Neighbors: How Neighbors Can Help Solve Genealogical Mysteries

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions

4:15 PM -5:00 PM EDT Extended Q&A, Conclude

Saturday, April 10: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF ONLINE RESEARCH
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM EDT General Best Practices for Online Research & Using Google for Genealogy, Rhonda R. McClure

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT Searching Databases on AmericanAncestors.org, Don LeClair
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Lunch break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Using Ancestry.com, Rhonda R. McClure

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT Break

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT Getting the Most from FamilySearch.org, Rhonda R. McClure

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Extended Q&A, Conclude

*Schedule subject to change.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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Author Event

Tobey Pearl with Terror to the Wicked: America’s First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: FREE

Journey back to a little-known moment in colonial history that changed the course of America’s future. In Terror to the Wicked, author Tobey Pearl provides a riveting account of a brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and America’s first murder trial, of a white runaway servant who stabbed a Nipmuc tribesman in Plymouth Colony in 1638. Set against the backdrop of the Pequot War between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay, this work of history brings to vivid life those caught up in the drama including Roger Williams, founder of Providence, Rhode Island; Myles Standish; Edward Winslow, a former governor of Plymouth Colony; and John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Ms. Pearl’s revelatory account sheds new light on America’s early history, the end of the two-year war and the peace that allowed the colonies to become a nation.

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Online Course

Researching New Netherland Ancestors

Live broadcasts: April 14, 21, and 28, 6:00—7:30 p.m. ET; Access to course materials until July 31, 2021
Presented by Sheilagh Doerfler and Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG
Cost: $85

The 17th-century colony of New Netherland was a crossroads for people from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. While there are certainly challenges in researching this time, place, and people (hard-to-read handwriting, different languages, unique surname systems), there are several bright spots as well (record survival, published transcriptions, and knowable naming conventions). This three-week online course will explore the history of New Netherland and New Amsterdam, point you to key genealogical resources and references, and demonstrate several research strategies using a variety of case studies.

April 14 - Class 1: Brief History of New Netherland, Sheilagh Doerfler

To understand your ancestors, you must learn about the historical context that governed their lives. This is especially true for New Netherland research as competing bids for control from the English and Dutch affected record keeping, laws, and customs. This first class will provide a brief timeline of New Netherland history, discuss the make-up and migrations of its people, and discuss some basic research considerations.

April 21 - Class 2: The Records, Sheilagh Doerfler

This class will discuss several go-to published sources and primary records such as probate, vital records, church, newspapers, private records, census, tax, naturalizations, and more. For each type of record we will review what they are, the information they contain, and how to find them.

April 28 - Class 3: Research Strategies and Case Studies, Henry Hoff, CG, FASG

This final class will demonstrate various research strategies through several case studies of how to uncover origins, find and confirm parentage, piece together family units, and learn more about your ancestor.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

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Webinar

Tartan Tales: Stories from Historic Scottish Houses

Friday, April 16, 4-5:15 p.m. EDT
Presented by Curt DiCamillo
Cost: FREE

From the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Croatia to Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast, historian and raconteur Curt DiCamillo leads a romping, fascinating tour through Scottish history using architecture and great houses as his guide. With “appearances” by master architect and Scotsman Robert Adam, Dwight Eisenhower, Rudolf Hess, Macbeth, the Roman Pantheon, and Rugby School, among others, this wide-ranging lecture paints a rich story of Scotland that leaves you breathless. Kidnappings, bloody battles, and cannibalism – these, together with glittering silver, timeless portraits, and some of the world’s finest Chippendale furniture, all play parts in this fast-paced and unique compilation of Scottish history. Only Scotland could offer such a tale!

Webinar

Out to Sea: Researching Mariner Ancestors in New England

Thursday, April 22, 3-4 p.m. EDT
Presented by Susan Donnelly
Cost: FREE

For many living in New England during the 17th through 19th centuries, their livelihood and even survival was inextricably linked to the sea. In this webinar genealogist Susan Donnelly will provide a brief history of mariners in New England, discuss major ports and sources of industry, highlight key records, and demonstrate how to reconstruct your ancestor’s life on the sea and along the shore.

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Author Event

Blake Bailey with Philip Roth: The Biography

Thursday, April 27, 6-7 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, biographer Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene. Philip Roth: The Biography has been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 by Oprah Magazine, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and The Times (UK), Financial Times, and others. Don’t miss Blake Bailey’s fascinating presentation and discussion with guest moderator Professor Michael Hoberman.

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Author Event

Quiara Alegría Hudes with My Broken Language: A Memoir

Thursday, April 29, 6-7 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

In this remarkable memoir, Quiara Alegría Hudes tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish. Hudes has since found her language, and in this powerful, heralded work, “her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton. Hudes will be joined by journalist Maria Hinojosa, whose work has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

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Online Course

Massachusetts Research: Four Centuries of History and Genealogy

Live broadcasts: May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 6:00—7:30 p.m. EDT; Access to course materials until August 31, 2021
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $115

Whether your family connection to Massachusetts is 400 years old or 40, there is a treasure trove of genealogical resources waiting for you: vital records have been kept by towns since the early seventeenth century; newspapers have existed since colonial times; and there are thousands of published genealogies, local histories, study projects, and other references that exist for Massachusetts research. This online course will provide a century-by-century look at the records, resources, repositories, and research strategies that are essential to exploring your Massachusetts roots. We will also look at the historical context, settlement patterns, and migrations into—and out of—the state; from colony to Commonwealth.

May 5 - Class 1: 17th-Century Massachusetts Research, David Allen Lambert

17th-century Massachusetts colonists are some of the most researched and written-about group of people on the planet, but there remain research challenges: distinguishing people with the same name, understanding unique record sets, and more. This first class will look at the beginnings of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colony and the people who inhabited the lands prior to colonization, provide an overview of the many published genealogical resources and record transcriptions available, demonstrate how to locate and utilize primary sources, and discuss how to overcome common research challenges.

May 12 – Class 2: 18th-Century Massachusetts Research, Melanie McComb

The 18th century was a transformative and foundational period for Massachusetts: continued colonial conflicts, movement westward, revolution, the abolition of slavery, and ultimately statehood. This session will look at just some of the many records of the era—pre and post American independence—including military records, tax lists, census records, newspapers, city directories, and more.

May 19 – Class 3: 19th-Century Massachusetts Research, Hallie Borstel

Massachusetts experienced even more transformation in the 19th century, from the industrial revolution to the Civil War to an increase of immigration from Canada, the British Isles, Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe, and beyond. This class will look at the start of the state census, the age of the passenger list, pension files, expanded vital records, published genealogies and local histories, and less commonly used records.

May 26 – Class 4: 20th-Century Massachusetts Research, Danielle Cournoyer

Continued urbanization and industrialization characterized much of 20th-century Massachusetts. This final session will look at records that emerge in the 20th century—and the changes in records and record keeping that persisted since the 17th century, with particular attention to the topic of “access” and the go-to repositories for Massachusetts research.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

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Author Event

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro with Names of New York: Discovering the City's Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place-Names

Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Join us for a journey through New York City and its history, as this celebrated writer, creator, and scholar shares images and stories behind the naming of its places. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s latest work reveals the marks left on the city by the native Lenape, Dutch settlers, British invaders, and a successive wave of immigrants. Drawing on his background in cultural geography, he excavates the wealth of tales embedded throughout the five boroughs and illuminates the power of naming to shape experience and our sense of place. Come with questions, submitting your own family’s history as you register, for possible discussion in the extended Q&A time.

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Author Event

Daniel James Brown with Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

Wednesday, May 12, 6-7 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

An unforgettable chronicle of war-time America, Facing the Mountain portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons. One demonstrated his courage as a resister. The three others volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and displayed fierce courage on the battlefields of France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible in often suicidal missions. Based on deep archival research and extensive family interviews, Brown also tells the story of these soldiers’ parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to imprisonment on U.S. soil. Here, as in The Boys in the Boat, he explores the questions of what “home” means, what makes a team work, and who gets to be a “real American.” Don’t miss the author’s presentation and discussion with Roland Kelts about this powerful new work.

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Schedule a Private Webinar for your Group

Hire one of our experts to virtually present to your group on a subject of your choosing! Our custom webinars allow members of your group to hear and watch a presentation in real time, interact with a genealogical expert, type in questions and receive verbal responses, and have exclusive access to a recording of the presentation. Each custom webinar lasts one hour, and can serve a maximum of 500 individual registrants. Webinars may be scheduled for anytime between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM eastern time Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM eastern time on Wednesdays.

To receive a quote and begin the booking process for a custom webinar, please complete our request form. Requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the intended event date. Questions? Contact: education@nehgs.org

FAQ

NEHGS webinars are FREE, live events that provide an overview of the resources, expertise, and educational opportunities available at NEHGS. Online Courses are paid, in-depth programs and offer more support material and greater access to the instructor(s). Our online education programs are open to anyone.

Anyone can register and attend our online programs.

Register for an event by clicking on the program title above or the “Register” link. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the live broadcast.

All information needed to join a live webinar is included in your confirmation email sent upon registration. You will receive the same information by email one day and one hour before the presentation. Note: Log on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to download the Citrix Online Launcher.

All online programs are recorded for future viewing. Recorded webinars are posted to our Online Learning Center and may be viewed by anyone. Recordings of online courses are available only to registered participants of a given course.