Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at lectures, seminars, workshops, and other special events, offered each year at the American Ancestors Research Center and in the greater Boston area. Can't join us in person? View our upcoming ONLINE programs.


Fall Research Getaway

American Ancestors Research Center, Boston, MA
October 21 - October 23, 2021
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Escape to Boston for three days of research, one-on-one consultations, orientations, and social events wile exploring the rich offerings at the American Ancestors Research Center and benefitting from the knowledge and assistance of expert genealogists.


The Stones Speak: A Walking Tour of Granary and Kings Chapel Burying Grounds

Boston, MA
October 29, 2021
Led by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
Cost: $25
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Tip toe through the tombstones of Boston’s oldest burying grounds—Kings Chapel Burying Ground (1630) and Granary Burying Ground (1660)—with genealogist, historian, and author David Allen Lambert. David will lead us to the final resting place of Boston’s early leaders and notables, including John Winthrop, John Cotton, and Mary Chilton; Revolutionary War-era patriots Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine; and even Charles Ewer, the first president of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hear of these Bostonians’ contributions to American history, their continued influence on today’s society, and about the stones and carved symbols that adorn their eternal homes.


Genealogical Skills Boot Camp

American Ancestors Research Center, Boston, MA
May 5 - May 7, 2022
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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.


Spring Research Getaway

American Ancestors Research Center, Boston, MA
June 9 - June 11, 2022
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Escape to Boston for three days of research, one-on-one consultations, orientations, and social events wile exploring the rich offerings at the American Ancestors Research Center and benefitting from the knowledge and assistance of expert genealogists.


American Ancestors Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Writing and Publishing Your Family History

July 14 - July 16, 2022
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You've been researching your family history for years and no one knows your family’s history like you do. Consider the legacy you will be leaving if you write and publish your own family research: not only a legacy for current and future family members, but an important resource for current and future genealogical researchers. This hands-on seminar, led by the writing and publishing experts at American Ancestors will provide you with a step-by-step approach to turning your raw data into an illustrated narrative, Register-style genealogy or Ahnentafel. Through lectures, group discussion, demonstrations, and activities you will see your years of research transfer to words on the page. Topics include: organizing your materials, choosing a genealogical format, adding citations, composing narrative, page layout, and final steps in self-publishing.


Come Home to New England

American Ancestors Research Center, Boston, MA
August 9 - August 13, 2022
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NEHGS has been collecting information about families in America for more than 175 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials that cover the United States, especially New England and New York, as well as Canada and Europe. This research program provides the opportunity for you to “come home” to Boston and work closely with our staff to advance your research.