Online Events

Attend lectures, courses, and author events from your home

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

Writing and Publishing Your Family History

Live broadcasts: January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3 6:00 - 7:30 PM EST; Access to course materials until April 30, 2021
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $125

NOTE: Access to the live sessions is now full, however, we have a "view-only" option—registration above—that provides you access to the more than 7 hours of course recordings and materials. You will not miss any of the content by participating this way.

Now is the perfect time to write your family history! Think about the legacy you will be leaving if you write and publish your own family research: not only a legacy for current and future family members, but an important resource for current and future genealogical researchers. This 5-week course led by the writing and publishing experts at American Ancestors will provide you with a step-by-step approach to turning your raw data into an illustrated narrative, Register-style genealogy or Ahnentafel. Topics include: organizing your materials, choosing a genealogical format, adding citations, page layout, and final steps in self-publishing.

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

January 6 - Class 1: Getting Started, Presented by Sharon Inglis

Ready to write? Learn about the decisions you'll need to make before starting: Who is your audience? What software program will you be using? What is your time frame? Gain valuable tips on how to organize yourself before beginning to write.

January 13 - Class 2: Structure, Sketches, and Citations, Presented by Kyle Hurst

Time to get technical! In this class, we consider the genealogy's overall structure and master the numbering systems for the Register-style and Ahnentafel formats. Learn how to write a genealogical sketch in each format while properly citing sources.

January 20 - Class 3: Adding Story to Family History, Presented by Kyle Hurst

Going beyond names and dates, how can we add narrative that brings our ancestors to life? This class will cover story structure, writing tips, and how to add biographical and contextual details that show how each ancestor lived.

January 27 - Class 4: Photos and Illustrations, Presented by Cécile Engeln

Get a handle on photo-research basics. Learn how to choose, scan, edit, and insert photos, documents, and other images to make your family history publication come alive.

February 3 - Class 5: The Publishing Process, Presented by Sharon Inglis

Learn how to edit, lay out, and publish your work. Gain valuable tips on finding freelance editors and working with publishing vendors.

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.

Author Event

Nadia Owusu with Aftershocks: A Memoir

Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Presented in partnership with GBH Forum Network
Cost: FREE

When Nadia Osuwu moved to New York City at age 18, she had already lived in five countries outside the United States and her parents’ homelands of Ghana (her father’s) and Armenia (her mother’s family). She grew up disconnected, without a culture she called her own. In Aftershocks she shares her jarring story of being state-less and, ultimately, parent-less, as the survivor of trauma; she describes the heart and will it takes to pull though. Don’t miss hearing about her life and enthralling memoir looking at race identity and immigration, the seismic emotional toll of family secrets, and the push and pull of belonging in the United States.


New York and London in the Gilded Age: Annual DiCamillo Companion Rendezvous

Thursday, January 21 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST
Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections and Carl Raymond, writer, lecturer, and culinary and social historian
Cost: $35

Perhaps no single person defines the Gilded Age more than Edith Wharton, the aristocratic American novelist who realistically captured this privileged late 19th-century world. For this special virtual presentation of our annual DiCamillo Rendezvous, we will look at the Gilded Age in America and England through Edith’s perceptive lens. Historian Carl Raymond will guide us through Edith Wharton’s New York, after which Curt DiCamillo will take us on a tour of Gilded Age England, where Edith’s influence was keenly felt. The story of the collapse of an old world and the birth of a new one is a tale of money, power, jealousy, grand houses, great art collections, and a clash of cultures. Join us for this richly illustrated historic romp through one of history’s most intriguing epochs.

Online Conference

Virtual Preservation Roadshow

Access to recordings, handouts, guides, and other materials starting January 8, 2021 through April 30, 2021; Live broadcast: January 23, 2021 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $85

Is your closet full of boxes of old family photographs? Is your basement bursting with letters, diaries, and other documents from your family history research? Do you have family memorabilia that you want to make sure is around for generations to come? Chances are you have a stack of family papers, albums, and other keepsakes tucked away that you don’t know what to do with. This virtual preservation roadshow will teach you best practices for surveying, handling, and storing family materials and provide you with expert advice on how to care for items in your collection.

In addition to reviewing how-to videos, participants will be able to submit a photo(s) of one item from their collection and receive advice from our archivists and conservator. Submitted items may include photographs, albums, scrapbooks, bound volumes, born-digital or obsolete media, textiles, certificates and other documents.

Participants receive:

  • Access to 3+ hours’ worth of instructional video, handouts, and articles
  • Personalized advice from a qualified archivist or conservator on one family item
  • View a gallery of submitted items and expert advice
  • Special discounts and virtual door prizes
  • Live Q&A with instructors and a selection of submitted items for a “roadshow”
  • Extended access to materials, recordings, and other materials until April 30, 2021

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.


The Federal Census: Moving Beyond the Population Schedule

Thursday, January 28, 3 PM-4 PM EST
Presented by Lindsay Fulton
Cost: FREE

When most family historians think about the census, we think of the population schedule—the enumeration of individuals living within a household. But there is so much more to the Federal Census that many researchers overlook! Census expert Lindsay Fulton will discuss how mortality, agriculture, manufacturing, business, and other social statistics schedules can be used in your genealogical research. She’ll review what data was collected for what years, how to access these non-population schedules, and how to leverage this information in your own family history.

Author Event

Janice P. Nimura with The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine

Thursday, February 4, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Moderator: Perri Klass, M.D., columnist and author
Presented in partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum Network
Cost: FREE

Join us for a discussion about women in medicine revealing the remarkable lives of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive an M.D. in 1849, and her younger sister Emily, an even more brilliant physician. Exploring their allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents their story of trials and triumph. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates these two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women. Don’t miss hearing about America’s first female doctors “resurrected in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor" (Stacy Schiff).

Online Course

An Explosion of Beauty: The Art, Architecture, and Collections of British Country Houses, Part II

Live broadcasts: February 9, 16, and 23, 4:00—5:30 PM EST; Access to course materials until May 31, 2021
Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections
Cost: $85

For centuries the country house held a unique position in English life. Before World War I, the families in these power houses ruled Britain. Not only were their houses the center of productive agricultural estates, their breathtaking interiors were the repositories of jaw-dropping collections of art.

In this three-session online course, Curator of Special Collections and celebrated architectural historian Curt DiCamillo, FRSA will guide you through these stately homes, their interiors, and their world-class art collections. This seminar will span nearly two and a half centuries worth of British decorative arts and style, discussing Palladian, Rococo, Chinoiserie, Neoclassical, Medieval Revival, Chinese and Indian, and more.

This course includes three 90-minutes classes, access to the slides, and a bibliography. You do not need to attend the live sessions to participate in the course. Each class will be recorded and made available to participants until the end of May 2021.

February 9 - Class 1: Palladian (1715–60); Rococo (1730–70); Chinoiserie (1750–65)

February 16 - Class 2: Neoclassical (1760–90)

February 23 - Class 3: Medieval Revival (1780–1830); Chinese & Indian (1800–30); Other Revivals (1850s–1980s)

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.

Author Event

Richard Thompson Ford with Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History

Thursday, February 18, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Moderator: Petra Slinkard, curator of fashion and textiles at Peabody Essex Museum
Presented in partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum
Cost: FREE

Dress codes are as old as clothing itself. For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol, and changes in fashion have marked historic social and political movements. Join us for a discussion with law professor and cultural critic Richard Thompson Ford about his latest work. Dress Codes provides an insightful and entertaining history of the laws of fashion, from the middle ages to the present day. This walk down history’s red carpet will uncover and examine the canons, mores, and customs of clothing. Moderator Petra Slinkard will enrich the evening with insight on the intersection of fashion and art.

Research Program

Virtual Winter Research Stay-At-Home

Live broadcasts February 18 - February 20 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $375

Do you find you have more time than ever to work on family history but don’t know where to start? Are you tackling a brick-wall and need more guidance as you research from home? The Winter Research Stay-at-Home is a three-day online experience filled with consultations, lectures, and more! Learn about essential resources and research strategies that can be accessed and applied digitally, attend lectures from our staff on popular genealogical topics, chat with our experts and other participants daily, and receive one-on-one consultation time focused on your research questions. From the most advanced researcher to someone just beginning their journey into family history research, the Winter Research Stay-at-Home will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to continue your family history research online from home.

    Program includes:
  • Six lectures and access to recordings
  • Lecture handouts and materials
  • Two, one-on-one consultations (scheduled by our staff ahead of time)
  • Real-time demonstrations and activities with our experts and other participants

NOTE: Live sessions will be broadcast through Zoom Video Conferencing and links to each session can be found below. Individual consultation links will be sent out via email beforehand. Access to a personal device and internet connection is required to take full advantage of this program.

Thursday, February 18: Vital Records Overview
9:30 AM EST Welcome and Introductions
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM EST Consultations and personal research
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Lecture & Demo: Searching for Vital Records, Hallie Borstel
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST Lecture & Demo: Using Vital Record Substitutes, Rhonda R. McClure

Friday, February 19: Death Records
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Consultations and personal research
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Lecture & Demo: Raising the Dead: Piecing Together Your Ancestor’s Final Days, Melanie McComb
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Lecture & Demo: Cemetery Research, David Allen Lambert

Saturday, February 20: Birth and Marriage
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM EST Consultations and personal research
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Lecture & Demo: Getting the Most from Birth and Baptism Records, Sheilagh Doerfler
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST Lecture & Demo: Getting the Most from Marriage Records, Ann Lawthers

*Each participant is guaranteed 2 consultations during the program. Consultations will be scheduled ahead of time by American Ancestors staff and will be based on information provided on the research questionnaire filled out by participants.

*Schedule subject to change.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Author Event

Anna Malaika Tubbs with The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Presented in partnership with Boston Public Library, State Library of Massachusetts, and the Museum of African American History
Cost: FREE

In this groundbreaking and essential debut work, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the stories of the women who raised and shaped three remarkable, heroic Americans: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Don’t miss this discussion about The Three Mothers, described by Yale University historian Elizabeth Hinton as “a profound reflection on the contours of Black freedom in the twentieth century and beyond…an essential celebration of Black women, one that illuminates the history of racism and resistance in critical new ways. A timely and important book."

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:


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.