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

Our online educational programs cover a wide variety of topics, and are suitable for family historians of all levels of experience. Note: The schedule below is subject to change.

Online Course

New England Research

Six Live Sessions: July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26 6:00 - 7:30 PM EDT; Access through November 30
Enrollment in the live sessions is now sold out; you can still register for the "view-only" option and access all course materials and recordings
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $150

New England is an area rich with published family history resources, record keeping since the 17th century, and a plethora of supplemental records. Still, each state presents unique challenges, gaps in records, and other obstacles. This six-week series will look at each of the New England states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—and provide go-to records, resources, and research techniques for each.

Due to popular demand, we have created this special "view-only" opportunity for you to participate in our online course, New England Research. By enrolling in this course, you will be able to access all of the course materials (slides, handouts, etc.) and watch a recording of each class session. You will also be able to send in your questions by email to the moderator and/or instructors during the six-week course. You will NOT be able to attend the live sessions, however, you will not miss any of the content by participating this way. Upon completion of your order, you will receive a receipt of your payment and a separate email with information on how to access the course page and content. You will also receive emails each week notifying you once the materials and recordings are available. You will have until the end of November 2020 to watch, download, or print the course materials.

Session #1: Massachusetts, Presented by David Allen Lambert

Session #2: Maine, Presented by Melanie McComb

Session #3: New Hampshire, Presented by Alice Kane

Session #4: Vermont, Presented by Ann Lawthers

Session #5: Rhode Island, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

Session #6: Connecticut, Presented Christopher C. Child

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

American Inspiration Author Event

Gretchen Sorin with Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Tuesday, August 11 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT
Cost: FREE

Hear from acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life. Through much of our country’s history, mobility has been limited for African Americans: first, by slavery and racism towards freed black people; then, little changed with Emancipation and Reconstruction. For most of the 20th century, many white Americans felt comfortable denying their black countrymen the right to travel freely on trains and buses. Driving While Black reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—allowed black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society. Automobiles spawned a parallel, unseen world of black motorists kept safe by black-only businesses, informal networks, and travel guides including the 1936 Green Book. Interweaving stories of Sorin’s own family history, Driving While Black opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.


The ABC's of Using School Records in Family History Research

Thursday, August 13 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by David Allen Lambert
Cost: FREE

Go back to school with Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert! School records offer family historians insight into an ancestor's daily life, help fill in a timeline, and can be a useful tool in cluster research. This presentation will discuss how to find yearbooks, registers, teacher lists, and other school records—in manuscript, published, and digitized format—from elementary school through college.


Speed, Style & the English Country House: Auto, Horse, and Airplane Racing at England’s Historic Houses

Friday, August 14 4:00 - 5:15 PM EDT
Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections
Cost: FREE

During the Interwar Years—between 1919 and 1939—much of England’s upper-class lifestyle was characterized by fast cars and an abundance of glamour and glitter. To understand the full story, Curt will take us back to the 17th century, when the turf ruled the aristocratic taste for racing and horses were de rigueur for the fast set. Tales of lions, murder, and movies mixed with ambition and houses filled with sublime art come together to reveal deliciously English stories that have left a residue for us to marvel at today.

American Inspiration Author Event

Susan Eisenhower with How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decision

Thursday, August 20 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT
Presented in Partnership with Boston Public Library
Cost: FREE

Join us to hear from Susan Eisenhower about her new book profiling her history-making grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. From D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, from the Red Scare to the Missile Gap controversies, few people have made decisions as momentous and varied as Eisenhower. How Ike Led sheds light on his principles and decision making, demonstrates how he led America through a transformational time, and shows what we can learn from today. Don’t miss learning more about Eisenhower and this illuminating work, heralded by Henry A. Kissinger, “A well-written reflection on one of the most significant American presidents. The compelling substance of How Ike Led is enhanced by the author’s sensitive style. It brings one of America’s most remarkable public figures into lasting focus."


Jews in the Catskills During and After the Holocaust

Tuesday, August 25 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT
Presented by Phil Brown
A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event
Cost: FREE

The Catskills was a summer haven for both Holocaust survivors and those who had arrived earlier. Jews sought ways to release their rising fears and ongoing anxieties during and after the war years by engaging in community life while living beside the disaster. HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, brought new arrivals to the Catskills. Labor Zionist/socialist Zionist groups set up training camps in the Catskills to prepare Jews for aliyah to Israel. Jews began to vacation without guilt in “The Mountains”, opening the floodgates of the “Golden Era” of the 1950s and 1960s when over a thousand hotels and bungalow colonies operated in what was then probably the world’s largest resort area. Yiddishist hotels and bungalow colonies, and even the persistence of speaking Yiddish, Yiddish-English patois, and Yiddish jokes in the Catskills was a form of resistance against the Nazi attempt to destroy Jewish life.

Dr. Phil Brown's interest in this topic was heightened by his role on the advisory board for the film Four Seasons Lodge, a documentary of a bungalow colony collectively owned and run by Holocaust survivors, and by a deep appreciation of Reuben Wallenrod’s novel, Dusk in the Catskills which counterposed the pleasures of vacation with the realities of genocide during the war. In this talk Phil examines the lives of local residents and resort owners, guests, and workers during the Holocaust and immediately after. He will also discuss the many works of fiction and non-fiction dealing with this era.

American Inspiration Author Event

E. Dolores Johnson with Say I’m Dead : A Family Memory of Race, Secrets and Love

Tuesday, August 25 6:00 PM EDT
Also in partnership with State Library of Massachusetts and Museum of African American History
Cost: FREE

Dolores Johnson grew up in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father. After earning degrees from Howard University and Harvard Business School and starting a career in business, she began a search to understand her family’s history – and found the white half of the story missing. Say I’m Dead unwinds the secrets and explores the separation and transformations they experienced living as mixed race in America. Johnson identifies her family history in the larger American racial story, bringing readers to the present day. Now her African-American daughter can do what her white grandmother couldn’t: marry across the color line without fear. Don’t miss hearing about this remarkable book and family history.

American Inspiration Author Event

Pam Fessler with Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

Thursday, September 10 6:00 PM EDT
Also in partnership with State Library of Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

Hear from this acclaimed broadcast journalist about the largely forgotten history of leprosy in the United States– its impact on patients and their families, doctors, and, particularly, the swampy bayou town of Carville, Louisiana, where a “leprosarium” was established in 1894. Carville evolved into a nexus for research and “treatment” that came at a huge personal cost to liberty as patients were stripped of their names, their rights, and their dignity. Understood today to be one of the least infectious diseases in the world, leprosy, now called Hansen’s disease, instilled a coronavirus-level of fear and an outsized reaction from public health authorities well into the 20th century. CARVILLE’S CURE chronicles in riveting detail how America treated, contained, and demonized its sufferers before wiser heads prevailed.


All Roads Lead to London: Supreme 19th Century World City

Friday, September 11 4:00 - 5:15 PM EDT
Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections
Cost: FREE

In this installment of our webinar series, Curt DiCamillo explores the bustling streets of 19th-century London, home to the extraordinary and outrageous Oscar Wilde, the sober Salvation Army, the modern museum and model prisons, the world’s first subway and the first flush toilet, the first city police force, Dickens, railroads, the Houses of Parliament, the first street lights, Buckingham Palace, and Sherlock Holmes. Discover how London gave birth to the modern world!

American Inspiration Author Event

E.J. Dionne with Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

Thursday, September 24 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT
Also in The Arc of History: Contested Perspectives series (Boston Public Library)
Cost: FREE

Looking at recent U.S. history, its Presidents and politics, The New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist provides insight into where we are today and where we could be headed in this election year. E.J. Dionne offers a blueprint for how progressives and moderates can come together to build a lasting political majority. He explores innovative ideas about the economy, identity politics, nationalism, and foreign policy to present a genuinely fresh take on America’s current political crisis. Don’t miss hearing from this celebrated thought-leader at this important time.

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:


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.