Online Events

Attend lectures, courses, and author events from your home

Please note: All online programs are moving forward as scheduled—we look forward to seeing you online!

Note: The schedule below is subject to change.

Author Event

Siân Evans with Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them

Thursday, August 5, 3-4 p.m. ET
Moderator: Robin Young, host of NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with WBUR CitySpace
Cost: FREE

At the peak of summer, join us for an afternoon journey back to the early twentieth century and the Golden Age of Ocean Liners. Inspired by family research – her great-great uncle was a Cunard Chief Officer – Siân Evans documents the journeys of women whose lives were changed by their voyages between the Old World and the New. Some set off for leisure, others, for work; many, to reinvent themselves. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members. Entertaining and informative, Maiden Voyages profiles A-list passengers Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker alongside émigrées in steerage; and, in between, the experiences of the female workers including “The Unsinkable Stewardess” who survived the Titanic disaster. With Evans and award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Young, we’ll explore how transatlantic travel changed society on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Online Course

Researching Colonial War Ancestors in New England

Live broadcasts: August 11, 18, and 25, 6:00—7:30 p.m. EDT; Access to course materials until November 30, 2021
Presented by Katrina Fahy and David Allen Lambert
Cost: $85

In the 17th and 18th centuries, conflicts between European superpowers often played out in their fledgling North American colonies. The seizure of land from and hostilities with Indigenous Peoples often turned violent. Many of our colonist ancestors in New England participated in these bloody wars. This three-part online course will provide you with the historical context of these conflicts, point you to essential published resources and original documents, and demonstrate strategies for proving your descent from a colonial war veteran. NOTE: This course will not cover the American Revolution.

This course includes three 90-minute classes; exclusive access to handouts and recordings of each presentation; and in-depth Q&A sessions with the instructors.

August 11 - Class 1: A Brief History of Colonial Wars in New England, presented by David Allen Lambert

This first class will discuss how to determine if your ancestor fought, review a veritable timeline of colonial wars in New England, Atlantic Canada, and Quebec during the 17th and 18th centuries, and provide the historical context for these conflicts.

August 18 - Class 2: Published Sources and Records of Service, presented by David Allen Lambert

Our colonial war ancestors may appear in a variety of sources: militia rolls, payment for services, town records, and manuscript materials such as account books and correspondence. Luckily, many of these materials have been transcribed and published or are available online. This class will point you to both original and published records and provide useful tips for evaluating other published materials you may encounter.

August 25 - Class 3: Verifying Descent and Applying to Lineage Societies, presented by Katrina Fahy

Whether you want to apply to a lineage society (such as the General Society of Colonial Wars, the Colonial Dames of America, Order of Founders and Patriots of America, etc.) or simply want to prove your descent from a colonial war veteran, this final class will provide you with key strategies, resources, and alternative records for verifying—and documenting—your colonial connection.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

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Research Program

Virtual Summer Research Stay-At-Home

Live broadcasts August 12 - August 14 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $375

Do you find you have more time than ever to work on family history but don’t know where to start? Are you tackling a brick -wall and need more guidance as you research from home? The Summer Research Stay-At-Home, a virtual program from the experts at American Ancestors and NEHGS, is a three-day online experience filled with consultations, lectures, and more! Learn about essential resources and research strategies that can be accessed and applied digitally, attend lectures from our staff on popular genealogical topics, chat with our experts and other participants daily, and receive one-on-one consultation time focused on your research questions. From the most advanced researcher to someone just beginning their journey into family history research, the Summer Research Stay-At-Home will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to continue your family history research online from home.

    Program includes:
  • Six lectures and access to recordings
  • Lecture handouts and materials
  • Two, one-on-one consultations (scheduled by our staff ahead of time)
  • Break-out sessions with our experts and other participants
  • Access to our experts via online chat

NOTE: Live sessions will be broadcast through Zoom Video Conferencing. Information about accessing both live and recorded content will be sent to participants ahead of time. Access to a personal device, and internet connection is required to take full advantage of this program.

Thursday, August 12:

9:30 AM: Welcome and Introductions
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Consultations* and personal research
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lecture: Creating a Research Plan
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Lecture: Breaking Down Brick walls Using Your Ancestors' Extended Family
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session

Friday, August 13:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Consultations* and personal research
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lecture: Breaking Down Brick Walls Using Your Ancestor's Associates
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Lecture: Breaking Down Brick Walls Using Your Ancestor's Neighbors
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session

Saturday, August 14:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Consultations* and personal research
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lecture: Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Lecture: Writing for a Scholarly Journal
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Demo/Activity Session

*Each participant is guaranteed 2 consultations during the program. Consultations will be scheduled ahead of time by American Ancestors staff and will be based on information provided on the research questionnaire filled out by participants.

Schedule subject to change.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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Author Event

Scott Borchert with Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Tuesday, August 17, 6-7 p.m. ET
Moderator: Rhonda McClure, Senior Genealogist
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

The plan was as idealistic as it was audacious, and utterly unprecedented. Take thousands of hard-up writers and put them to work charting a country on the brink of social and economic collapse, with the aim of producing a series of guidebooks to the then forty-eight states—along with hundreds of other publications dedicated to cities, regions, and towns—while also gathering reams of folklore, narratives of formerly enslaved people, and even recipes. With this effort, America was documented, its families and their sensibilities brought to life by such celebrated authors as Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright. Don’t miss Scott Borchert’s discussion with genealogist Rhonda McClure about this remarkable, history-making Federal Writers’ Project, part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)’s New Deal initiative.

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Stories from the Archives: Family Bible Records

Thursday, August 19, 3-4 p.m. ET
Presented by Judy Lucey and Todd Pattison
Cost: FREE

Family bibles are not only treasured heirlooms, but they can also provide key genealogical information on the generations that came before you. They can act as vital record substitutes, detail family connections, and provide clues to what religious denominations your ancestor may have belonged. Bible records have also been donated to archives and historical societies across the country, including the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at American Ancestors. This webinar will look at some of the items in our collection—detailing the stories behind them—and provide tips for preserving bible records in your personal archive.

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Author Event

John N. Maclean with Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River

Thursday, August 26, 6-7 p.m. ET
Moderator: O. Alan Weltzien, Professor of english, Emeritus, and author
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series
Cost: FREE

A memoir about the power of place to shape generations, Home Waters is John N. Maclean's remarkable memoir of his family's century-long love affair with Montana's majestic Blackfoot River, the setting for his father's classic novella, A River Runs through It. Maclean returns annually to the simple family cabin that his grandfather built by hand, still in search of the trout of a lifetime. When he hooks it at last, decades of longing promise to be fulfilled, inspiring John, reporter and author, to finally write the story he was born to tell. Join him and the Maclean family biographer O.Alan Weltzien for this remarkable look at one family, the place they love, and the sport that is their shared passion and tradition.

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Virtual Tour of Weston Park

Friday, August 27, 1-2:15 p.m. ET
Presented by Gareth Williams
Moderated by Curt DiCamillo
Cost: $15

Weston Park, which stands in 1,000 acres of magnificent Capability Brown parkland at the very heart of England, was a house built not only for show, but also for hospitality—as NEHGS members know from the many tours that have been based here! Gareth Williams, Curator & Head of Learning at Weston Park, welcomes us on a virtual tour of the art-filled house and superlative collections of the Earls of Bradford. Gareth will also share fascinating stories of the family’s links to royalty and politics—from King Charles II to Bill Clinton.

If you are unable to attend the live session, a link to the recording will be shared with registrants following the broadcast.

Online Conference

Researching German Ancestors: Records, Resources, and Repositories

Access to Five Pre-Recorded Classes starting August 20 until November 30, 2021; Live panel discussion with instructors Saturday, August 28 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Presented by Hallie Borstel and Rhonda R. McClure
Cost: $125

Germans have been emigrating to America since the seventeenth century and today are the largest self-reported ancestry group living in the country. No matter when your ancestors arrived in the U.S., this online seminar will teach you how to trace your German ancestry. You will discover key records, resources, and repositories, while gaining important skills and strategies for finding your ancestors. Topics include: migration patterns, finding German origins, deciphering records and German script, using and accessing records, and leveraging online resources.

This online seminar includes access to 5+ hours of pre-recorded presentations by professional genealogists; a live q&a session with the instructors; special offers and virtual “door prizes"; and access to handouts, slides, and other resources until November 30, 2021.

Class 1: Getting Started, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

In this first session, Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will walk you through the beginning steps of German research: understanding waves of immigration to America, getting back to the immigrant generation, finding where in Germany your ancestors came from, and understanding the many German border changes pre- and post-unification.

Class 2: Basics of German Language and Script, Presented by Hallie Borstel

This second class will provide the basics on key terms you’re likely to encounter and how to decipher old German script—Kurrent/Sütterlin or "deutsche Schrift"—and German Gothic (Fraktur) font.

Class 3: German Civil and Religious Records, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

As with any type of family history research, civil and religious records are your first, go-to resource in German genealogy. For many locations in Germany, civil registration began as early as the late 18th century and some church records (Kirchenbücher) date back to the 16th century. Beyond baptisms, marriages, and burials, many churches also kept family registers (Familienregister or Familienbücher). This session will discuss what records exist, what information they contain, and how to access these important resources.

Class 4: More German Records, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

Beyond civil and church records, there are many resources that can assist you in your family history research. This session will review town Lineage/family books (Ortssippenbuch/Ortsfamilienbuch), census records (Volkszählungen), emigration records, occupational records, and military records. We will also discuss how to work with German archives and researchers remotely.

Class 5: Research Strategies and Case Studies, Presented by Hallie Borstel

Using several examples and case studies, this final class will demonstrate some key strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls in German research, including finding your ancestor’s origins and hometown, maiden names of female ancestors, parent’s names, and connecting generations.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

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Schedule a Private Webinar for your Group

Hire one of our experts to virtually 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 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 eastern time Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM eastern time on Wednesdays.

To receive a quote and begin the booking process for a custom webinar, please complete our request form. Requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the intended event date. Questions? Contact:


NEHGS webinars are FREE, live events that provide an overview of the resources, expertise, and educational opportunities available at NEHGS. Online Courses are paid, in-depth programs and offer more support material and greater access to the instructor(s). Our online education programs are open to anyone.

Anyone can register and attend our online programs.

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 Logmein 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.