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

Early New England Families Study Project
Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Alicia Crane Williams, FASG

The Early New England Families Study Project on provides accurate and concise published summaries of seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey's bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, the project focuses on individuals who lived in New England during 1641–1700, grouped by year of marriage. Join Lead Genealogist Alicia Crane Williams, FASG to learn more about this important resource and how you can use it within your own family history research. 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.

Organizing and Preserving Your Family History Papers

Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31; February 7 and 14, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cost: $125

Do you have boxes of family papers, photographs, and letters in your basement or attic? Learn how to organize and preserve these important family heirlooms for generations to come. In this online course the archival experts at New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS will guide you through the process of assessing your collection for preservation needs, storing and caring for photographs and albums, managing your born-digital files, scanning and digitizing your materials, and organizing your collection. Register today.

Researching Irish Ancestors

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28; and April 4, 2018
Cost: $125

Today, more than 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry—more than seven times the size of the population of Ireland itself! But tracing one’s Irish roots is not without its challenges. Common names, loss of records, and elusive parish origins are just some of the obstacles facing family historians. Led by the Irish experts at NEHGS, this five-week course will provide you with tips, tools, resources, and strategies for making progress in your research. Topics include: immigration and settlement patterns to the U.S. and Canada; identifying your ancestor’s exact origins; a survey of online, published, and original Irish records; planning a research trip to Ireland; and techniques for breaking down brick walls. Registration will open in late January.

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. Registration will open in late March.

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 late April.


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.