Online Classes

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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

Top 10 Published Resources for Early New England Research
Presented by Tricia Healy Mitchell, Genealogist
Thursday, August 22 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

As a group, 17th-century New Englanders are one of the most studied groups on the planet. There is a multitude of reliable published resources available for family historians including finding aids, genealogical dictionaries, authoritative study projects, scholarly journals, and more. Learn about the resources that made our Top 10 list and why you may not need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to early New England research. Register today!

NextGen Tools for Advancing Your Family History Research
Presented by Melanie McComb, Genealogist
Thursday, September 19 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Hit a brick wall in your research? Want to connect with distant relatives? Interested in sharing your research or DNA results with others? Learn how to leverage online communities, social media, and other online tools to advance your understanding of your ancestors and make connections with family and genealogists worldwide. 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 Conferences

Stay tuned for our upcoming schedule!

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

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.

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!


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.


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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