Ask a Genealogist

A service for NEHGS members

Andrew Krea on phone

Have a question about research methodology?

Wondering where a certain type of record can be found?

Looking for suggestions on sources you might try next in your research?

For NEHGS members, we offer a free Ask a Genealogist service to answer quick genealogy or local history reference questions. Our staff of genealogists can provide guidance and suggestions about such topics as where to locate records or what sources to try next in your research. Examples of the types of questions answered through the Ask a Genealogist service are:

  • What does the abbreviation "w" mean in a land record?
  • Where would this death certificate be located and how can I obtain a copy of it?
  • Where can I find newspapers for Stark County, Ohio?
  • Can you recommend sources for research on Quakers in New York?

While Ask a Genealogist does not carry out genealogical research on individual ancestors for you or review the research you have done so far, NEHGS does offer another service which will do just that. Depending on the nature of your question and the current volume of questions from other members, responses may take between two to ten weeks.

If you are interested in carrying out research yourself, but would like more extensive assistance than that which is provided through Ask a Genealogist, you can also receive one-on-one research guidance in person or by phone through our Consultations service. We will schedule an appointment with you and select the genealogist you will work with by matching staff expertise with the area you are researching.

You must be logged in as a member of the NEHGS to use this service.

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