Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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January

January 7, 14, & 21 - Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three-Week Class) — SOLD OUT
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist at NEHGS
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Cost: $50 for full course

Due to the winter storm warning, the class on January 7 has been rescheduled to January 14. The January 14 class will occur from 2:00-5:00 pm.

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. Certainly you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more. Each class includes skill-building exercises to help students apply their new found knowledge. Contact education@nehgs.org to be added to our wait list.

January 14 - Applying to the Daughters of the American Revolution
Presented by members of the Paul Revere Chapter of the DAR
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:30 AM–12:00 PM Cost:FREE

Do you have a patriot ancestor in your lineage? Have you ever considered joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, but didn’t know where to begin? In this workshop, representatives of the Paul Revere Chapter of the DAR will discuss the steps needed to document your lineage accurately and apply to be a member. Participants are invited to use the resources at the NEHGS Library and Archives following the event. Registration encouraged. Questions? Please contact darpaulrevere@gmail.com.

January 21 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

January 21 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

February

February 1 - Book Event: The Women of Marblehead
Presented by author Robert Booth
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

In the first decades of the 1800s, when Marblehead was a seafaring town, women were confined to roles as wives and mothers. Due to continuing high losses of men at sea, hundreds of women and children became dependent on charity to stay out of the Poor House and remain in the community. In 1816 the Female Humane Society was founded as a means for women to help other women and to serve the needy. Learn about the evolving role of working-class women in Marblehead—from oppression and invisibility to self-sufficiency and autonomy. In addition to tracing economic changes, Booth will look at the ways in which women transformed the social, religious, and architectural landscape of the town and became involved in the women’s rights and abolition movements. Later they took leadership of the highly politicized local temperance movement, in which they forced the adoption of new policies by the all-male town meeting and won a permanent seat on the town’s school board—more than 30 years before the adoption of the 19th amendment that granted women civil rights. Register today.

February 3 - An Introduction to Heraldry in America
Part of our First Friday Lecture Series
Presented by Christopher Carter Lee
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Heraldic symbols are all around us from state seals to institutional emblems to family heirlooms. Yet the significance behind these cultural and familial symbols is often misunderstood. Discover the history of heraldry in America from colonial times to present day. Register today.

February 4 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

February 15 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

February 25 - Locate! Research! Analyze! Learn how to start your family genealogy
In partnership with the New Hampshire Historical Society
Presented by Lindsay Fulton
New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH
1:00 - 4:00 pm Cost: $35 NEHGS or NHHS members; $50 non-members

Family history is one of the most valuable pursuits you can participate in—learning about who you are, where you come from, and “meeting” the thousands of people who came before you, can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. But how do you get started? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources out there, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. In this workshop, Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton from New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will help participants navigate the first steps in tracing their family history and teach basic strategies for researching. Even if you've already been doing research for a few years, you’re sure to learn a new tip or two! Space is limited and registration is required. Register online or call NHHS at 603-856-0621.

February 25 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.