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Visit the American Ancestors Research Center

Located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, we are a leading research center for genealogists of every skill level. Access millions of documents, manuscripts, records, and other items preserving our nation’s history. Our expert staff is available to guide you through our collections. Open by appointment only. See Health & Safety Protocols

American Ancestors Research Center

Contact Us

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

Please email Membership@nehgs.org or chat online with us 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday, ET by accessing the chat function in the lower right of the screen.

Toll free: 1-888-296-3447
617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307

For Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) archive appointments please email jhcreference@nehgs.org and visit the JHC website to learn more about its collections.

Visitor Information

Health & Safety Protocols

The American Ancestors Research Center has re-opened on an appointment-only basis.

Onsite access to the Research Center, as well as the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) archive is by confirmed appointment. The first-floor bookstore and exhibition space will be open to the public during our hours of operation.

Masks are required while inside the building in adherence with recent public health guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in areas with ‘substantial’ transmission, out of care and consideration of our staff and users, and in alignment with other area cultural institutions.

More information about recent CDC guidance:
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC
Massachusetts Department of Public Health releases updated face covering advisory | Mass.gov

More information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

Address & Contact

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

Toll free: 1-888-296-3447
617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307

Admission

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

Please note: the Rare Book and Manuscript Collections are available to members. Access is also provided to visiting scholars who have made arrangements with the library in advance by contacting library@nehgs.org.

Hours of Operation

The American Ancestors Research Center is currently open to the public by appointment only. Book your appointment online

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Holiday Hours

Friday, January 1, 2021- Closed for New Year's Day
Monday, January 18, 2021- Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, February 13, 2021- Closed for Presidents' Day
Saturday, April 17, 2021- Closed for Patriot's Day
Saturday May 29, 2021- Closed for Memorial Day
Saturday, June 19, 2021- Closed for Juneteenth
Saturday, July 3, 2021- Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday, September 4, 2021- Closed for Labor Day
Monday, October 11, 2021- Closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday November 24, 2021- Closed at 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25, 2021- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, November 26, 2021- Closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 27, 2021- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, December 24, 2021- Closed for Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 25, 2021- Closed for Christmas
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 – Virtual Services Available, Research Center Closed
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – Virtual Services Available, Research Center Closed
Thursday, December 30, 2021 – Virtual Services Available, Research Center Closed
Friday, December 31, 2021- Closed for New Year's Eve

Accessibility

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

Photocopying & Image-saving

Photocopies and printouts (from computer and microfilm printers) cost 25 cents per page, except library catalog printouts, which are free. 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 Research Center.

Manuscript and Rare Book Collections

Access to Manuscript and Rare Book Collections is available to American Ancesors/NEHGS members, as well as visiting scholars who have made arrangements with the Research Center and received authorization in advance. These collections may be searched through our library catalog. If you would like to request items ahead of time and have them prepared for your visit, please contact library@nehgs.org.

Research Center Group and School Visits

Discover family history with your students, historical society, genealogical society, or other organization. Our expert staff can provide orientations and tours of the research center, customized presentations, free student programming, and more.

Group in the library stacks

Plan Your Visit

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