Online Classes

Attend classes from your home

NEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. Watch archived webinars, videos, and more. Note: The schedule below is subject to change.


Free and open to the public

Introduction to Heraldry in America
Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Presented by Nathaniel Lane Taylor, PhD, FASG

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. Join esteemed Vice Chairman of the NEHGS Committee on Heraldry Nathaniel Lane Taylor, PhD, FASG to learn how heraldry can enrich your family history research. Register today!

City and Rural Directories: More than Just Names
Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist

City and rural directories can be incredibly useful resources for genealogists. They can help you pinpoint a time and place for ancestors on the move, offer occupational information, and even help give clues to death and marriage dates. Join Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn how these resources were created, what information is generally provided, where to locate these sources online or in print, and how to use these records effectively in your family history research. Register today!

Navigating Notarial Records in Quebec
Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher

Notarial records are an essential—yet often overlooked—resource for family historians researching ancestors with roots in Quebec. From marriages to estate inventories to labor contracts these records can provide a wealth of genealogical information not found elsewhere. Join Senior Researcher Sheilagh Doerfler to learn about what types of notarial records exist, how to access them, and how to get the most out of these important resources. Register today!

Searching Databases on
Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Don LeClair, Associate Director of Database Search and Systems holds more than 1.4 billion searchable records with new databases and names being added each week. Join Associate Director of Database Search and Systems Don LeClair to learn more about the scope of these databases, how to leverage search terms to find your ancestors, and what improvements are being made to the website. Register today!

Request a Webinar for Your Group

Hire one of our experts to present to your group on a subject of your choosing! Our custom webinars allow members of your group to hear and watch a presentation in real time, interact with a genealogical expert, type in questions and receive verbal responses, and have exclusive access to a recording of the presentation.

Each custom webinar is $250, lasts one hour, and can serve a maximum of 500 individual registrants. Webinars may be scheduled for anytime between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Wednesdays. Requests must be made at least 6-8 weeks prior to the intended event date. Contact or call 617-226-1226 to book your webinar.

Online Courses

exclusively for NEHGS members

Locate! Research! Analyze!

Wednesdays, September 6, 13, and 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cost: $85

Many people jump into family history research without any formal training or direction. With all the information out there, you can quickly become overwhelmed or frustrated. In this online course, Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton will review the first steps in tracing your family history and basic strategies for researching, demonstrate best practices when searching online, and teach important record analysis skills. Even if you've already been doing research for a few years, you’re sure to learn new tips and techniques! Register today.

Can't attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! All sessions are recorded and posted to the course webpage. Participants have exclusive access to these recordings and other course materials for at least one month after the final broadcast.


NEHGS webinars are FREE, live events that provide an overview of the resources, expertise, and educational opportunities available at NEHGS. They are open to anyone. Online Courses are paid, in-depth programs available only to active NEHGS members and offer more support material and greater access to the instructor(s). Not a member? Join today!

Anyone can register and attend our free webinars. Participation in online courses is a benefit of NEHGS membership and thus only active members may enroll.

Register for an event by clicking on the program title above or the “Register” link. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the live broadcast.

All information needed to join a live webinar is included in your confirmation email sent upon registration. You will receive the same information by email one day and one hour before the presentation. Note: Log on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to download the Citrix Online Launcher.

All online programs are recorded for future viewing. Recorded webinars are posted to our Online Learning Center and may be viewed by anyone. Recordings of online courses are available only to registered participants of a given course.

If you have technical difficulties during an event, please consult GoToWebinar’s support service.