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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
Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:00 pm EST
Presented by: Lindsay Fulton
Level: All levels
In the 19th century, hundreds of towns and counties across the United States published biographical histories—or “mug books.” These can be valuable resources for family historians—providing a great deal of genealogical data and images—however, because the sketches are unsourced and arguably biased, the information should always be taken with a grain of salt. Join Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton to learn how to identify, access, evaluate, and use mug books responsibly. Register today!
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:00 pm EST
Presented by: Don LeClair and Molly Rogers
Level: All levels
Genealogical journals contain a goldmine of information. Fully documented and vetted by experts, articles may provide a concise account of a family for two or three generations, immigrant origins, and even record transcriptions. Yet scholarly journals are often overlooked resources. NEHGS has made several important journals—the "Register," "The Mayflower Descendant," "The American Genealogist," "Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine," and "The Virginia Genealogist" to name a few—available as searchable databases on AmericanAncestors.org. Join Database Search and Systems Specialist Don LeClair and Digital Database Coordinator Molly Rogers to learn what information can be gleaned from these valuable resources, how to access the materials on our website, and how to search the databases. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-226-1226 to book your webinar.
exclusively for NEHGS members
Instructors: Sheilagh Doerfler, Katrina Fahy, and Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 6:00-7:30 pm
Audience: NEHGS members; beginning and intermediate level researchers
Research your ancestry long enough and you’re bound to hit a brick wall—the paper trail vanishes, the family seemingly disappears, and you’re unable to go back to earlier generations. Whether you are struggling to find an immigrant’s exact origins, uncover a maiden name, determine parentage, or discover where a family moved to, cluster research can help. Join Senior Researchers Sheilagh Doerfler, Katrina Fahy, and Meaghan E. H. Siekman for a three-week course on applying cluster research to your project and how broadening the scope of your search can break through a genealogical brick wall. Register today!
Mastering New York Genealogy
Wednesdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Finding information about New York ancestors can be tricky. A fire in 1911 at the State Library and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 only adds to the difficulty. This five-week course will guide you through the maze of genealogical pitfalls, and to the bright spots in New York research. Our New York experts will discuss the settlement of New York and early migrations, vital records and substitutes, New York City in the 19th and 20th centuries, land and probate records, the state census, and more. Registration for this course will open in early February.
Elements of Genealogical Analysis: A Class in Methodology
Instructor: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Learn how to analyze records and make sound genealogical conclusions using the same method applied by Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Study Project, but applicable to genealogical problems of all times and places. This five-week online course will present a systematic approach that considers each source, each record, and each possible linkage before making a genealogical conclusion. In addition to more than seven hours of live instruction and video content, the course will provide handouts, downloadable tools, and checklists to help make this method both accessible and effective. Registration for this course will open in late March.
Researching Early New England
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
As a group, 17th-century New Englanders are arguably the most studied group on the planet, and thus descendants are blessed with a multitude of resources. In many cases, town vital records, church, colony, court, probate, land, military, and tax records not only have survived, but have been abstracted and published. This five week course will discuss the settlement of and migrations within New England, how to locate and utilize original and published records, and strategies for breaking down brick walls. Registration will open in late May.
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.
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