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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.

Webinars

Free and open to the public

Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
Thursday, June 20 3:00 - 4:00 EDT

Many family history researchers spend years searching for the births, marriages, and deaths of ancestors, but the details of our forebears’ daily lives can often elude us. Learning of your ancestors’ occupation not only sheds light on their day-to-day activities, but can also assist when tracing ancestors on the move, help parse out people of the same name in a community, and lead to new record sets. This webinar will discuss how to find your ancestors’ occupation and how that information can help you further your family history research. Register today!

Getting Started in Polish Research
Presented by James Heffernan, Senior Researcher
Thursday, July 18 3:00 - 4:00 EDT

In this webinar, NEHGS Senior Researcher James Heffernan will present tips for getting started researching your Polish ancestry. Topics will include how to locate your ancestral town or village from American sources, how to navigate shifting historical borders, as well as an overview of the types of records that were produced in each region. 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 education@nehgs.org or call 617-226-1226 to book your webinar.

Online Conferences

Tracing Ancestors on the Move
Live Broadcast: July 20 12:00 - 6:00 PM EDT
Access to recordings and materials until October 31, 2019
Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Ann Lawthers, Melanie McComb, Alice Kane, and Sheilagh Doerfler
Cost: $125

Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedoms, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors, however, are notoriously difficult to research. We might have an ancestor in our sights and then—poof!—they’re gone; or we may have an ancestor for whom we have no idea of where they came from. This online conference will give you the context and motivations behind migrations across America from the 17th to 20th centuries, offer strategies for discovering ancestral origins and future movements, discuss go-to records, and provide tools to help track your family on the move. Register today!

AGENDA:

12:00 - 1:00: CLASS #1: Colonial Migrations and Records, presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services

1:15 - 2:15: CLASS #2: Westward Migration, 1783-1900, presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist

2:30 - 3:30: CLASS #3: Follow the Money: Go-To Records for Tracing Ancestors on the Move, Melanie McComb, Genealogist

3:45 - 4:45: CLASS #4: He Was in My Sights and Then—Poof!, Alice Kane, Library Patron Services and Consultations Manager

5:00 - 6:00: CLASS #5: Understanding and Applying Chain Migration in Family History Research, Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher

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

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.

Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls
Live Broadcast: August 3 12:00 - 6:00 PM EDT
Access to recordings and materials until November 30, 2019
Presented by Lindsay Fulton
Cost: $125

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 Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton for a full-day seminar on applying cluster research to your project and how broadening the scope of your search can break through a genealogical brick wall. Register today!

AGENDA:

12:00 - 1:00: CLASS #1: Taking Action: How to Create a Research Plan

1:15 - 2:15: CLASS #2: Family Ties: Using Extended Family to Circumnavigate a Brick Wall

2:30 - 3:30: CLASS #3: Broadening Your Scope: Employing Ancestral Associates in Your Research

3:45 - 4:45:CLASS #4: Knowing the Neighbors: How Neighbors Can Help Solve Genealogical Mysteries

5:00 - 6:00:CLASS #5: Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions

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

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.

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.

Conducting, Collecting, and Recording Oral History Interviews
Presented by Archivist Stephanie Call and Genealogist Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Wednesdays, 6/5, 6/12, and 6/19 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until September 30, 2019
Cost: $85

How many times have you regretted not asking a grandparent or parent a question about your family? The recollections, reminiscences, and stories of living family and community members can be just as important—if not more so—than traditional, document-based genealogical research. Oral history breathes life into your genealogy, provides a greater understanding of your family story, and forges new connections. Whether you are interested in capturing the stories of an individual, a family, or a community, oral history projects require a methodical approach. This interactive, three-part online course will give you the tools to organize your oral history project and results, encourage meaningful and productive conversations, record interviews, and share your findings with generations to come. Register today!

AGENDA:

June 5 CLASS #1: Getting Started Presented by Stephanie Call
This first class will introduce you to the basics of oral history. We will explore different types of projects, provide tips on how to develop leading questions, and show you how to build your project plan.

June 12 CLASS #2: Class 2: Technology and Preparations Presented by Stephanie Call and Meaghan E. H. Siekman
In this class we will discuss a number of logistical and technological tools that can be used in recording and organizing interviews.

June 19 Class #3: Sharing Presented by Meaghan E. H. Siekman
Now that you have a series of interviews, how do you share the information? This class will discuss several options, including incorporating results into your family history research, transcription, publication, and donation to an archive—all with an eye to protecting your interviewees and the information disclosed.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.

Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist
Wednesdays, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until November 30, 2019
Cost: $125

For researchers with French-Canadian ancestors, there is a wealth of resources available in both Canada and the United States. French-Canadian genealogy, however, is not without its quirks. Shifting boundaries, “dit” names, notarial records, and the language barrier are just some of the challenges you may face. Join genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and maximize searches to discover your family’s past in both Canada and France. This five-week online course will focus on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec. Register today!

AGENDA:

July 31 Class 1: Getting Started In this class we will look at U.S. and Canadian records that assist in identifying origins in French Canada and explore migratory patterns between the two countries.

August 7 Class 2: Church Records & Resources This class will examine the Drouin collection and associated indexes, how Dit names can affect a person in the records, and how to understand records in French.

August 14 Class 3: Notarial Records, Part I Rhonda will provide an in-depth look at these critical records including the process of identifying the proper notary and how to use Parchemin and other resources.

August 21 Class 4: Notarial Records, Part II We will work directly with the records created by notaries and provide methods for transcribing and translation.

August 28 Class 5: French Origins In this final class we will look at resources such as engagements that brought many of the men to Nouvelle France in the 1600s along with online church and archival resources to assist in finding where in France they came from.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.

FAQs

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 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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