Research Tours and Programs

Travel with New England Historic Genealogical Society

NOTICE: All Research Tours and Programs are currently tentative and subject to change. Individual registrants will receive direct communication from American Ancestors closer to program dates regarding any changes in dates, format, etc.

When it's time to dig into the collections at libraries and repositories to uncover your family history, NEHGS can help. NEHGS offers guided research tours to locations in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles, as well as research programs at the NEHGS library in Boston. Each program includes intensive days devoted to research, one-on-one consultations, presentations by NEHGS genealogists and local experts, and social activities.Travel with NEHGS, access local knowledge, and explore your family's history with personalized assistance and guidance from our experts. To be added to the waiting list for a sold out program, please contact education@nehgs.org.

Massachusetts Research Tour - POSTPONED

Dates TBD

Whether your family ties to Massachusetts date back 400 years or 40 years, it’s a fantastic place to do genealogical research. Moving beyond the doors of our own research center, this new tour offering will help you navigate several world-class research facilities in and around Boston, providing special orientations, lectures, and guided research time. Repositories include the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts State Archives, and more!

Virtual Spring Research Stay-At-Home - (formerly the Spring Research Getaway)

June 25 - 27, 2020

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 brickwall and need more guidance as you research from home? The Spring Research Stay-At-Home, an all-new virtual program from the experts at American Ancestors and NEHGS, 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 Spring Research Stay-At-Home will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to continue your family history research online from home. View a full agenda and register today!

English Research Tour - POSTPONED

Dates TBD
London, England

Visit the treasures of London’s many genealogical repositories, including the National Archives, the Society of Genealogists, and London Metropolitan Archives. Throughout the week, participants will discover each repository’s unique holdings through special orientations and tours, guided research, one-on-one consultations, and lectures.

American Ancestors Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship - NOW A VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Registration and more information to come.

July 15 – 18, 2020
Boston, MA

Commemorate the anniversary of the Mayflower landing by contributing to its genealogical scholarship. This year’s Summer Institute will focus on several ways you can develop your research and findings into a scholarly project. Learn how write a proof argument to verify Mayflower lineage, craft an article for Mayflower Descendant, manage a DNA study project, complete a genealogical sketch for sixth and seventh generations, and more. Open to current American Ancestors members only.

Come Home to New England - NOW A VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Registration and more information to come.


August 6 – 8, 2020
Boston, MA

American Ancestors has been collecting information about families in America for 175 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials that cover the United States, especially New England and New York, as well as Canada and Europe. This research program provides the opportunity for you to “come home” to Boston and work closely with American Ancestors staff to advance your research.

Genealogical Skills Boot Camp - NOW A VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Registration and more information to come.

August 27 – 29, 2020
Boston, MA

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it’s easy to dive into your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. This intensive three-day program will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research and teach you how to tackle genealogical problems like a pro. Topics include: strategies for analyzing records, online research, breaking down genealogical brick walls, and more.

Fall Research Getaway

October 15 – 17, 2020
Boston, MA

Autumn in Boston is about bright foliage, pumpkin pie, and research! Discover the millions of genealogical resources at the American Ancestors Research Center and maximize your results with help from our experts. Register by July 3, 2020, to receive special discounts. Register today.

Salt Lake City Research Tour – POSTPONED

May 2-9, 2021

Navigate the resources of the world’s largest genealogy library with the help of experts from American Ancestors. With more than 40 years of experience leading researchers of all levels to Salt Lake City, you will benefit from our special orientations and tutorials, one-on-one consultations, informative lectures, and more. Register by August 7, 2020, to receive special discounts.