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FREE Guest accounts allow web visitors to search more than 20 exclusive databases on, plus limited-time access to new collections. Guests can also take advantage of our webinars, research guides and expert how-to videos.

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For the best value and experience, become a full member of NEHGS to advance your family history research with the highest-quality services in the field and access to more than 1 billion records. Membership starts as low as $7.49 per month.*

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Search more than 20 of's databases for free to sample a portion of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels.

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Sample member-only publications

Read sample issues of award-winning, members-only publications American Ancestors magazine and The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

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Discover the best organizational tools for your future research. Free downloads of five-generation family charts, family group sheets, research logs, interview questions, census comparison charts, Register style templates and more.

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Reasons to join NEHGS

Members get full access to all 1+ billion records on, the American Ancestors magazine and The Register, discounts on research-for-hire and publications, free library admission, and special online courses.

How-to Video Library: Free

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Browse a library of free how-to videos, archived webinars, lectures, and interviews, and learn valuable research skills from the experts at NEHGS.

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The online bookstore at NEHGS contains thousands of NEHGS (and other) publications, charts and items related to family history.