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

Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project
Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Scott Andrew Bartley, Lead Genealogist of Early Settlers of Vermont to 1784 Study Project

Near the end of the French and Indian War, grants were made in large numbers for towns in what would become the state of Vermont. Though the earliest settlement commenced in 1724, the bulk of the first wave of settlers arrived in the mid to late 1760s. By the early 1800s, many of those settlers had left, continuing westward through New York, Ohio, Michigan, and beyond. For these reasons, Vermont is a pivotal area for many family historians. The Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project, led by Scott Andrew Bartley, is the first project of its kind to create family sketches by head of household. Published and searchable on, the completed project will include upwards of 2,500 sketches. Join Lead Genealogist Scott Andrew Bartley to learn more about this important resource and how it can help you in tracing your early Vermont roots. 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 Conferences

Attend a genealogical conference without leaving home!

  • Participate in multiple sessions throughout the day
  • Hear from renowned speakers, scholars, and professional genealogists
  • Interact with instructors and fellow attendees
  • Stay engaged with surveys and quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Take advantage of special offers and virtual “door prizes”
  • Download and/or print handouts, worksheets, and other resources
  • Access recordings of each presentation for later review

Researching 17th-Century New England: Genealogy, History, Legacy

Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:00 - 6:00 PM EDT
Cost: $125

Join preeminent early American genealogists, historians, and scholars in NEHGS’ inaugural online conference. Gain a deeper understanding of your early New England ancestors through a full day of online lectures, activities, and resources. Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England, understand the settlement and migrations within early New England, become familiar with the original accounts and records, gain valuable research strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and learn about ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of study.

Instructors include: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project; Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History, Millersville University; Christopher C. Child, Editor of Mayflower Descendant; David C. Dearborn, FASG, Senior Genealogist Emeritus; and Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project. Register today!

Writing & Publishing Your Family History

Saturday, July 28, 2018 12:00 - 6:00 PM EDT
Cost: $125

Why is it important to write your family history? Think about 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. The ease and affordability of digital printing give you all the more reason to write and publish! Join publishing NEHGS experts for this seminar to learn how to shape your years of research into a valuable addition to the genealogical cannon. Topics include: choosing a genealogical format, adding citations, indexing, layout, and final steps in self-publishing.

Instructors include: Sharon Inglis, Publishing Director; Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist for Newbury Street Press; and Penny Stratton, co-author of Guide to Genealogical Writing. Register today!

Online Courses

Our Online Courses offer NEHGS members and guests a way to enhance their genealogical education through online presentations, handouts, and assessment. Can’t attend the live broadcast? You can still enroll! Course participants have access to all course materials, including a recording of the online seminar, for at least three months after the final class presentation.

Tracing Female Ancestors

Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2018
Cost: $125

Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history. This course will help you reclaim their stories by providing resources and strategies for finding maiden names, discussing women’s legal rights through history as they pertain to genealogical documents (such as land and probate records, voting lists, naturalization, etc.), uncovering material and written culture left behind, and using mitochondrial DNA to trace maternal lines. Register today!


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.