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

Using the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Collection at the Jewish Heritage Center
Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Kelsey Sawyer, Reference and Photo Archivist and Jessie Xu, Digital Projects Coordinator

Between the late 19th century and late 1970s, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Boston office played a key role in helping Jewish immigrants settle in the United States. Learn more about one of our most frequently requested collections. Discover the history of the organization, how to use the online finding aid and digital archive to locate records, and how the stories behind the names add to our historical narrative. Each individual case file is unique and ready to be unveiled. 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

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.

Exploring and Verifying Your Mayflower Lineage

Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018
Cost: $125

As the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing approaches, many are left wondering if their ancestors may have been among the 50 passengers who left descendants. In this five-session course, you will hear from leading experts in the field about the reasons for the crossing and the passenger’s known English origins, how to verify your connection to the Mayflower, and how to apply to lineage societies, such as the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Register today.

Back by popular demand!
Researching German Ancestors: Records, Resources, and Repositories

Wednesdays, June 6, 16, and 20, 2018
Cost: $85

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 three-session online course 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, records, and online resources. Register today!

Tracing Female Ancestors

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25; August 1 and 8, 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. Registration will open in early May.


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.