Personal Genealogist for the Day

Our Personal Genealogist for the Day (PGD) consultation sessions are a service available digitally – through Zoom – for beginning researchers. This service allows you to consult with a genealogist, who will actively research alongside you and is a great opportunity to observe and to learn research methodologies.  You are able to submit any family information prior to your appointment and the consulting genealogist will conduct research on your project online over the course of a (3) or (5) hour session (separated into segments below).

**While all our NEHGS services are currently available, our staff is working-from-home due to COVID-19 safety precautions. So, currently, we are unable to schedule an in-person Personal Genealogist for the Day appointment.

Take your experience beyond a consultation and receive hands-on help for an extended research session with our Personal Genealogist for the Day service. An American Ancestors genealogist will work side by side with you either online or at the Library and Archives to guide you through records and help advance your research.

This service includes a quick review of your family history project and a dedicated session (or sessions) of guidance and record-searching. In-person sessions are offered as half-day (three-hour) or full day (five-hour) options. Online sessions are provided in three parts (for the three-hour option) or four parts (for the five-hour option), and include recordings of the sessions for you to keep and review later.

With in-person sessions, if it’s appropriate for your project, our experts can also show you how to begin researching at local repositories such as the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts State Archives, or the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.


Research and Contributing Members
( Join/Renew)
Guest Members and others$350$500

Complete and submit the form below, and our staff will contact you to help you decide if the Personal Genealogist for the Day is a good option for you and your project. To facilitate the discussion, please upload a detailed description of your project as a single Word document or PDF file for American Ancestors staff to review. If you prefer to arrange over the phone, please call 617-226-1233.