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.


Jewish and African American Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event
Presented by Dr. Kami Fletcher and Dr. Allan Amanik
Cost: FREE

Why do Americans tend to separate their dead along communal lines rooted in faith, race, ethnicity, or social standing? Join us for a presentation by Dr. Kami Fletcher and Dr. Allan Amanik, editors of the anthology Till Death do us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed (University Press of Mississippi/Jackson, 2020) as they discuss the physical and symbolic borders of America’s ethnic cemeteries and what these divisions reveal about American history. Drs. Amanik and Fletcher will share the histories behind the development of New York’s Jewish cemeteries and the 1807 founding of Baltimore’s African Burying Ground, and what the physical and invisible borders of these cemeteries tell us about how Americans negotiated race, ethnicity, religion, class, and national origin in the 19th century.

Author Event

David S. Reynolds with Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Presented in partnership with Porter Square Books
Cost: FREE

Join us for a virtual presentation and discussion by David S. Reynolds, the author of a revelatory and enthralling new biography of our sixteenth President. Abe is the product of David Reynolds’s full-body immersion into the riotous tumult of American life in the decades before the Civil War. From New England Puritan stock on his father’s side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother’s, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. His genius was for striking a balance between opposing forces. Don’t miss hearing more about this remarkable man as portrayed in “this marvelous cultural biography that captures Lincoln in all his historical fullness” (Gordon Wood, Wall Street Journal).

Author Event

Nicholas Basbanes with Cross of Snow: The Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Monday, December 7, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
In conversation with Diana Korzenik, compiler of the Appleton Family Archives
Presented in partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts and GBH Forum Network
Cost: FREE

Enjoy a lively dialogue about the life and work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and his multi-talented second wife, Fanny Appleton Longfellow (1817-1861), featuring Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Diana Korzenik, complier of the Appleton Family Archives. Since the biography’s release in June, reviewers have taken particular note of the modern feminist approach Basbanes has employed to give full biographical attention to Fanny, taking in her work as a brilliant artist, diarist, correspondent, and chronicler of her times. His narrative follows the couple from before they met, during their seven-year courtship, and in their significant partnering on works we know as his literary production, functioning, in her words, as a “pretty active spur upon his Pegasus.” Basbanes and Korzenik will discuss their respective views of this dynamic couple at various stages of their lives.


Finding the Living: Doing Descendancy Research

Thursday, December 10 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presented by Hallie Borstel
Cost: FREE

As family historians, we focus on tracing our ancestry further and further into the past, going back one generation at a time. There are, however, cases when we need to do the opposite and trace lines forward. In this webinar, Genealogist Hallie Borstel will discuss how descendancy research, i.e. tracing all descendants of an individual to the present, can help you further your research. Whether you are building out your ancestors’ network of extended family, hoping to understand DNA connections, working on a study project, creating a family association, or just want to connect with distant family, this webinar will give you the necessary tools and strategies for finding living relations.


Winter and Christmas at Castle Howard

Friday, December 11, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST
Presented by Dr. Christopher Ridgway
Cost: FREE

Castle Howard is truly one of England’s finest country houses. Nestled in the Howardian Hills of Yorkshire’s idyllic countryside, the estate features more than 200 buildings and monuments, breathtaking architecture, astounding gardens, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Join Castle Howard Curator Dr. Christopher Ridgway for a virtual tour of its extensive gardens, storied interiors, and precious collections as they prepare to “deck the halls” for Christmas. He will discuss previous Christmas installations along with tales of life—indoors and outdoors—during Yorkshire’s winter. Don’t miss experiencing the winter wonderland that awaits you at Castle Howard!

Online Conference

Researching American Revolutionary War Patriots

Access to Class Recordings starting December 4; Live Q&A with Instructors December 12, 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST; Participants will have access to all materials until March 31, 2021.
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $125

Nearly 250 years ago, America declared its independence from the British Empire, changing the course of history. For those of us with American ancestry from that period, we want to know if—and how—our ancestor served the cause. This online conference will explore the many primary and published records that exist to document your ancestors’ role in the American Revolution and demonstrate how you can prove your descent from an American patriot.

The five classes for this conference will be pre-recorded and made available to registrants on a conference webpage starting on December 4. We will then have a live Q&A with the instructors on Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST (this will also be recorded and posted to the conference page). You’ll have access to all of those materials until the end of February 2021. This format gives registrants more time with the materials while still allowing for teacher-student interaction. Of course, you can also reach out directly to our instructors by email.

Class 1: Getting to Know Your Revolutionary War Veteran Ancestor, Presented by David Allen Lambert

This first class will discuss how muster rolls, manuscript materials, published histories, lineage society databases, and more can help you establish your ancestor’s service and explore their role in the American Revolution. We will also review key repositories to begin—and deepen—your research.

Class 2: Researching Women in the American Revolution, Presented by Melanie McComb

Men were certainly not the only ones affected by—or involved in—the American Revolution. Women boycotted British goods, produced home-spun cloth and supplies for soldiers, and some even took to the battlefield. This presentation will look at women’s role in the fight for American Independence and how to research your female ancestors during this period.

Class 3: Using Revolutionary War Bounty Land Warrants in Your Family History Research, Presented by Ann Lawthers

From 1775 to 1855 the United States awarded bounty-land warrants to veterans of the Revolution. These grants may not have only affected your family’s migrations, but greatly impacted the reach and settlement of the fledgling nation. This class will discuss who was eligible to receive bounty land warrants, what records exist documenting the grants, where to find these resources, and ultimately determine if your ancestor received a warrant.

Class 4: Using Revolutionary War Pension Records, Presented by David Allen Lambert

Pension records can offer a goldmine of information for family historians. This session will discuss who was eligible to receive pension records, where to find them, what information is provided, how to navigate these records, and offer strategies for getting the most out of these important records.

Class 5: Proving Your Descent and Applying to Lineage Societies, Presented by Katrina Fahy

This final presentation will highlight some of the many lineage societies that exist to honor our patriot ancestors. We will discuss their application process and requirements, demonstrate how to prove—and document--your descent, and offer strategies for when you can’t find necessary vital records.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission is forbidden.

Author Event

Christina Schwarz with Bonnie

Wednesday, December 16, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Moderator: Sandra Tsing Loh, writer, performer, comedienne
Cost: FREE

In this suspenseful, gorgeously detailed novel, the #1 New York Times bestselling author vividly evokes the life of Bonnie Parker, her fascinating love affair with Clyde Barrow, and their infamous, on-the-run partnership in crime. Born in a small town in western Texas, Bonnie was a natural performer and a star student, who dreamed of being a movie star, singer, or poet. Schwarz follows Bonnie from this promising start to her final month of shoot-outs and desperate car chases through Depression-era America. In conversation with witty Sandra Tsing Loh, Schwarz will explore such topics as turning life into story, women’s struggles to make their dreams reality, and the promise and pitfalls of Christmas; unpacking scenes from the novel and more. Don’t miss their discussion and this “absorbing, poignant, often heartbreaking” tale of Bonnie (New York Times).


Tips for Interviewing Relatives

Thursday, December 17, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presented by Stephanie Call, Associate Director of Archives and Education
Cost: FREE

The oral tradition of a family is perhaps just as important as the evidence you find in document-based research. Even if you learn that not all of the details are 100% accurate, these stories provide important clues to begin—or continue—your research, give life to names and dates on a page, and may provide information not found in records. But how do you start the conversation, stay on track, and record the information provided? This webinar will offer some valuable tips and techniques for interviewing relatives—and suggest strategies for encouraging family to talk!


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.

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.