Online Events

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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.

Online Course

Building Genealogical Skills

Live broadcasts: Tuesdays, September 14, 21, and 28 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
Cost: $85

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive into your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly, you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more.

This course includes three 90-minute classes; exclusive access to handouts and recordings of each presentation; hands-on demonstrations and activities; and in-depth q&a sessions with the instructor. You will have access to the recordings, handouts, slides, and more until September 30, 2021.

This program will be hosted via Zoom. Access information will be sent to participants upon registration. This course contains the same content presented in our Building Your Genealogical Skills seminar presented in 2021.

Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 PM ET

Class #1: The Basics: Students will learn the major principles of good genealogy research practice, how to apply these practices in researching a family tree, and the most important types of records used in genealogical research.

Tuesday, September 21, 6:00 PM ET

Class #2: Researching: Students will learn the value of research logs, creating a research plan, finding aids and more. This session will delve into the many crucial techniques of planning and organizing your research.

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 PM ET

Class #3: Analyzing: Part of becoming an effective researcher includes learning the basics of genealogical citation. Learn how to question genealogical sources and citations to make sure your research is valid.

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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Online Course

Using Probate Records in Your Family History Research

Live broadcasts: September 15, 22, and 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM EDT
Presented by Katrina Fahy, David Allen Lambert, and Melanie McComb
Cost: $65

Probate records are crucial—but sometimes overlooked—sources for family historians. Hiding in these legal documents may be full family groups, immediate and extended family connections, origins, and even maiden names. These sources may also be used as vital record substitutes and provide a glimpse into your ancestor’s property and worldly possessions. This three-week online course will provide an in-depth tutorial on how to understand, locate, and leverage wills, inventories, guardianships, and other probate records in your family history research.

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.

This program will be hosted via Zoom. Access information will be sent to participants prior to the first broadcast.

Wednesday, September 15, 6:00 PM ET

Class #1: The Basics, presented by David Allen Lambert

Probate records refer to more than just wills; they can include guardianships, inventories, administrations, accounts, bonds, and more. All probate records have specific functions and terminology. This first class will lay the groundwork for the later classes providing you with the tools to understand and navigate these legal documents, critical to your family history research.

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 PM ET

Class #2: Locating and Navigating Probate Records, Presented by Melanie McComb

The laws governing probate in America changed over time—from colony to colony, state to state—affecting where you’re likely to find certain records. A few states are also arranged by probate district that are distinct from county boundaries. This class will help you determine how to locate probate records by jurisdiction and navigate online and in-person resources.

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 PM ET

Class #3: Leveraging Probate Records in Your Family History Research, Presented by Katrina Fahy

Probate records can act as vital record substitutes, provide family connections, contain maiden names, and more. A single probate document, however, rarely provides the full story. You need to use the record alongside other resources to build your case and think creatively to fully understand its value. Using several case studies, this final class will provide you with strategies for getting the most out of probate records and demonstrate how they can be used to break down genealogical brick walls.

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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Online Course

Researching Upstate New York

Live broadcasts: October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM EDT
Presented by Christopher C. Child, Lindsay Fulton, and Kyle Hurst
Cost: $115

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. From the colonial period through the 19th and early 20th centuries, this online 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, land and probate records, the state census, and more. NOTE: This course does NOT include New York City research or resources.

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

This program will be hosted via Zoom. Access information will be sent to participants prior to the first broadcast.

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 PM ET

Class #1: Settlement of New York State, presented by Christopher C. Child

This first class will provide much the historical context of New York State’s settlement and development. Senior Genealogist Christopher Child will discuss the settlement and brief history of the colony, pre- and post- Rev War migrations, and then finally New York’s statehood and boundary disputes. Understanding the reasons why New York State was settled and by whom can lead to a greater understanding of your own ancestors’ motivations and perhaps even their origins.

Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 PM ET

Class #2: Finding Your New York Ancestors in the 19th Century, Presented by Lindsay Fulton

Many family historians don’t have to research their New York ancestors for very long before they hit a genealogical brickwall—usually in 19th century. In this class session, Lindsay Fulton will discuss the resources and strategies for finding your ancestors in the 19th century. She will first discuss what vital records exist and how to locate them; then demonstrate how the federal census, the New York state census, Church records, and many other record sets can be used to find vital information.

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 PM ET

Class #3: Using and Understanding New York Land Records, Presented by Kyle Hurst

With the start of vital records being recorded so late for the state of New York, land and probate records become especially important resources for genealogists. In this class, Senior Genealogist Kyle Hurst will help you navigate the complicated world of New York State deeds, focusing on the various jurisdictional levels that created land records—from county land deeds to proprietorships and land companies.

Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 PM ET

Class #4: Using and Understanding New York Probate Records, Presented by Kyle Hurst

Probate records are an incredibly important resource for family historians, especially when doing New York research. In this class, Kyle Hurst will provide a brief introduction to probate records—including key terms and why they are important for family historians. She will then discuss the unique history of probate for the state of New York and how to locate these crucial resources.

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.

Brought to you byThe Brue Family Learning Center

Webinar

This Must Be the Place: Preservation and Resilient Communities in New England

Thursday, October 7, 4-5:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of Historic New England
Moderated by Curt DiCamillo
Cost: FREE

Historic preservation is not synonymous with resistance to change, but rather it’s a proven strategy for livability, enhancing vibrancy and contributing to quality of life. We can find solutions to the problems of today by understanding, studying, and preserving the past. Join Vin Cipolla, president and CEO of Historic New England, for a look at how preservation can help build resilient communities, culturally, economically and environmentally. And find out how Historic New England is working to create a more inclusive approach to the interpretation of our region’s history, to contribute to a more fully equitable future.

Author Event

Armando Lucas Correa with In Search of Emma: How We Created Our Family

Tuesday, October 12, 6-7 p.m. ET
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with Boston Public Library
Moderator: Elizabeth Jurenovich, MS, LCPAA, LPC, LMFT, Abrazo Adoption Associates
Cost: FREE

Born in Cuba and raised in the USA, Armando Lucas Correa epitomized the American dream. He had everything he wanted: an incredible job as the editor of People magazine, meeting and interviewing glamorous celebrities; a steady partner; and a comfortable life filled with travel. But he wanted a child. Though his family, with two fathers, would not be traditional, Correa was undaunted. They chose surrogacy and, with the help of science and patience—an egg donor, a gestational mother who was unconditionally supported by her partner and family—Correa’s dream finally came true with the birth of his daughter. In Search of Emma is his inspiring and beautiful story of love, family, and fatherhood.

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Webinar

What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org?

Thursday, October 14, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Molly Rogers, Database Manager for Digital Projects
Cost: FREE

AmericanAncestors.org is the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society and home to hundreds of databases with 1.4 billion searchable names, our robust online library catalog, digital manuscript collections, educational resources, and online periodicals with more being added each week. Stay up to date with what’s new at AmericanAncestors.org with this webinar series! Hear about new databases, search features, and resources only available at AmericanAncestors.org.

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Author Event

Mae Ngai with The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Tuesday, October 19, 6-7 p.m. ET
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with Boston Public Library, Boston Book Festival, and GBH Forum Network
Moderator: Jia Lynn Yang, national editor for the New York Times and author of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965
Cost: FREE

In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years, bringing untold wealth to individuals and nations. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over “the Chinese Question”: would the United States and the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration? Join us for a discussion of these definitive cultural and political movements which impact us to this day, featuring two remarkable authors and experts on the topics of Chinese-American history and immigration.

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Webinar

At Home in the World: American Jewish Women Abroad, 1865-1940

Genevieve Wyner Annual Lecture
Tuesday, October 26, 6-7:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Dr. Melissa R. Klapper
Cost: FREE

Join the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper for this exploration of the lives and travel experiences of American Jewish women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Interweaving stories about women represented in the JHC’s own archives, Dr. Klapper will discuss how at a time of prescribed roles for women, American Jewish women discovered independence and self-actualization as they traveled around the world.

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Webinar

Basics of New England Research

Thursday, October 28, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
Cost: FREE

Whether your ancestors lived in New England in the 17th century or the 21st centuries, this presentation will give you the basic information to begin—and advance—your research into New England records. In preparation for the release of the Sixth Edition of Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, this presentation will give you the basic historical context, general organization of records, go-to resources, and unique strategies that will give you a good foundation to succeed in tracing your New England ancestors. NOTE: New England includes the present-day states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Author Event

Anne Willan with Women in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 4, 1-2 p.m. ET
Presented by American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with State Library of Massachusetts
Moderator: Sheryl Julian, award-winning food writer
Cost: FREE

Anne Willan, multi-award-winning culinary historian, cookbook writer, cooking teacher, and founder of La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, explores the lives and work of women cookbook authors whose important books have defined cooking over the past three hundred years. Beginning with the first published cookbook by Hannah Woolley in 1661, Women in the Kitchen moves through history to show how female cookbook authors have shaped American cooking today. Don’t miss learning more about such the lives and influences as such influential cooks and chefs as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Alice Waters.

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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: education@nehgs.org

FAQ

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.