Updates on our building hours and events

Coronavirus Response

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, our building is closed to the public until further notice. All in-person events through May 31, 2020 are cancelled or postponed. However, all online activities including education, book sales, and membership registrations are still fully functional during this time.

As cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) increase internationally and within the United States, I want you to know that New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors began a swift response to this health crisis last month and that we are closely monitoring every communication on this topic from local, state, and federal authorities.

To help ensure the health and safety of our members, visitors, and staff, effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, we will suspend all in-person programming through May 31, 2020 and we will close our library and Jewish Heritage Center beginning at 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice.

We will also postpone our 2020 Gala in Boston scheduled for April 22, 2020. The event will move to later in the year, most likely October. We are working closely with Sir John Major, who is eager to join us and to find a new date for this very special event. We have the support of our many benefactors, supporters, and collaborators in making these new arrangements. Other postponed events will include our heraldry event on April 21 and our Mayflower 400 luncheon on April 23.

We will continue to plan for, and adapt to, changing circumstances, as merited, and we will communicate with you via email and our website, as more information becomes available. Information will be regularly updated on AmericanAncestors.org/coronavirus.

Registrants for in-person programs scheduled during our building closure period will receive specific communications directly from program staff. For any postponed programs that are currently being rescheduled, details will be provided as they become available. Please visit AmericanAncestors.org/Events for information on all programs. Note: all online programming will continue as planned.

During this health crisis, the safest way to take part in our activities will be through our website at AmericanAncestors.org where we offer a huge array of records, online programs, video lectures, and many special features. We encourage your use of our website until this health crisis has subsided. During this time, our dedicated staff will be working remotely and we remain available to help you with your family history endeavors by telephone, email, and videoconference.

If you have questions about access to services, please contact our Member Services team at 1-888-296-3447 or membership@nehgs.org.

We hope that all members of the greater NEHGS-American Ancestors family will stay safe during this health crisis. We are committed to carefully monitoring the situation and taking any additional steps as merited.

With gratitude,

Brenton Simons
President & CEO



For More Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)