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

Introducing the GU272
Presented by Meaghan E. H. Siekman, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Thursday, May 23 3:00 - 4:00 EDT

In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved men, women, and children to plantations in Louisiana. Thousands of descendants are alive today. American Ancestors has partnered with the GU272 Memory Project, which seeks to document the stories, family history, and legacy of these individuals and their descendants. Join American Ancestors expert, Meaghan Siekman to learn about GU272 genealogical research and our new website that features a searchable database, oral histories of descendants, and research tools for the GU272 descendants and their families. 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

For Those Who Served: Researching Veteran Ancestors from Colonial Conflicts to World War II
Live Broadcast: May 18 12:00 - 6:00 PM EDT; Access to recordings and materials until September 30, 2019
Presented by David Allen Lambert, Andrew Krea, and Katrina Fahy
Cost: $125

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this all-day seminar, military experts at NEHGS will provide you with the tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Register today!


12:00 - 1:00: CLASS #1: Researching WWI and WWII Veterans, presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
Researching WWI and WWII veterans presents unique challenges. In 1973 a fire destroyed 16 to 18 million personnel records for the U.S. Army (service years 1912 to 1960) and the U.S. Air Force (service years 1947 to 1964). Learn how you can start to reconstruct your ancestor's service using draft registration cards and enlistments, the U.S. census, discharge papers, unit histories, and more.

1:15 - 2:15: CLASS #2: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
There are a number of resources that can help you trace your Civil War solider ancestors. From special questions and schedules in select US censuses to GAR member lists to detailed pension files to published regiment histories, you can find the story of your ancestor's service. Learn how to determine what regiment your ancestor served in, what battles they fought in, and what happened to them and their families after the war. We will focus our discussion on Union records, but also discuss resources for Confederate soldiers.

2:30 - 3:30: CLASS #3: Researching War of 1812 Ancestors, presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
The National Archives holds important records for War of 1812 veterans including compiled service and pension records. Learn how to access and use these important resources, plus muster rolls, correspondence from officers, town histories, and more.

3:45 - 4:45: CLASS #4: Researching Revolutionary War Soldiers, presented by Andrew Krea, Senior Researcher
Learn how to trace your patriot ancestors using muster rolls, quartermaster rolls, pension files, the 1840 census, journals, diaries, and more.

5:00 - 6:00: CLASS #5: Colonial Conflicts, presented by Katrina Fahy, Senior Researcher
This lecture will discuss how to research ancestors who served in the Pequot War, King Philip's War, King William's War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, and the French and Indian War.

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.

An Advanced Look at Go-To Records
Presented by Researchers at NEHGS
Wednesdays, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until August 31, 2019
Cost: $125

As genealogists, we have certain sets of records that we turn to time and again: vital/church records, state and federal censuses, probate, land, and town records. Yet none of these resources were created with family historians in mind. In this course, experts from our Research Services team will give you the tools and understanding you need to dissect, question, and analyze go-to records. By understanding why, how, and by whom certain records were created, you will become a better researcher, be able to verify connections, and ultimately take your family history research to new heights. Register today!


April 10 CLASS #1: Church and Vital Records Presented by James Heffernan, Senior Researcher
Church and vital records are often considered the gold standard for family history records. When they exist—or survive—they can provide essential data on your ancestor and often their parents. This record group, however, is not without a few disclaimers and caveats. This class will teach you to step back and analyze the who, what, where, and why of these records and will introduce you to best practices in analyzing any record, source, and linkage.

April 17 CLASS #2: Class 2: State and Federal Census Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services
The census is a great resource for family historians, but like most records, it wasn’t designed with genealogists in mind. The census isn’t as precise as we hope it to be and as researchers, we often make assumptions regarding the information provided. This class will give you the full context of the census and help you to use census records more fully and more accurately.

April 24 Class #3: Town Records Presented by Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher
Town records can include key genealogical information, including births, marriages, burials, freeman lists, warnings out, and more. Learn how to locate, utilize, and analyze these materials for use in your own family history research.

May 1 Class #4: Land Records Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services
Land records are an important, but sometimes overlooked resource for many family historians. Hidden in the legalese and metes and bounds, there can be critical clues to extended family members, the location of ancestral homelands, and family relationships.

May 8 Class #5: Probate Records Presented by Katrina Fahy, Senior Researcher
Probate records are another go-to resource that are sometimes misunderstood. As researchers, we are quick to pull out key names without understanding the full context of the record. This final class will teach you how to look at the full picture, make meaningful conclusions when names are omitted, and pull out more than just names from the record.

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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