The nation's founding genealogical society

Exterior of 99–101 Newbury Street

We are located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and are America’s leading research center for genealogists of every skill level. Visitors have access to millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items that preserve and reveal our nation’s history. NEHGS genealogists, archivists, and librarians are available to assist patrons with their research inquiries and provide orientations to the library collections.

The American Ancestors Research Center has re-opened on an appointment-only basis. Masks are required inside the building.

In adherence with recent public health guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in areas with ‘substantial’ transmission, out of care and consideration of our staff and users, and in alignment with other area cultural institutions, we will be re-instituting masking requirements for all staff and visitors, effective Monday, August 9.

More information about recent CDC guidance:

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC
Massachusetts Department of Public Health releases updated face covering advisory |

If you have any questions or would prefer to book your appointment with our Member Services team, please contact us by email at or by phone at 1-888-296-3447 (choose option 1).

For Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) archive appointments please email and visit the JHC website to learn more about its collections.

Address and Contact Information


Hours of Operation

Holiday Hours


Using Manuscript and Rare Book Collection

Photocopying and Image Saving

Group Visits


Onsite access to the Research Center, as well as the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) archive is by confirmed appointment. The first-floor bookstore and exhibition space will be open to the public during our hours of operation.

As of June 1, we no longer require visitors and staff to wear masks, however they are welcome do so regardless of vaccination status. Mask wearing is encouraged in accordance with CDC guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. A supply of masks will be available onsite and there are continued, enhanced cleaning practices throughout the building.

Visitors are permitted to eat and drink inside the building in designated areas.

Address and Contact Information

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99–101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116, USA

Contact Us: 888-296-3447


Admission to the Research Center is free for NEHGS members. Non-members are always welcome and may purchase a day pass for $20.

Please note: the Rare Book and Manuscript Collections are available to NEHGS members. Access is also provided to visiting scholars who have made arrangements with the library in advance by contacting

Hours of Operation:

As of June 21st, our NEHGS Research Center is open to the public, by appointment only. Book your appointment online

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

For More Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

Holiday Hours 2021

Friday, January 1, 2021- Closed for New Year's Day
Monday, January 18, 2021- Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, February 13, 2021- Closed for Presidents' Day
Saturday, April 17, 2021- Closed for Patriot's Day
Saturday May 29, 2021- Closed for Memorial Day
Saturday, June 19, 2021- Closed for Juneteenth
Saturday, July 3, 2021- Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday, September 4, 2021- Closed for Labor Day
Monday, October 11, 2021- Closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday November 24, 2021- Closed at 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25, 2021- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, November 26, 2021- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, December 24, 2021- Closed for Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 25, 2021- Closed for Christmas
Friday, December 31, 2021- Closed at 1 p.m. for New Year's Eve


The 99–101 Newbury Street location is fully wheelchair accessible. Also, a wheelchair is available for use by request.

Using Manuscript and rare book collections

Access to Manuscript and Rare Book Collections is available to NEHGS members, as well as visiting scholars who have made arrangements with the library and received authorization in advance. These collections may be searched through our library catalog. If you would like to request items ahead of time and have them prepared for your visit, please contact

Photocopying and Image Saving

Photocopies and printouts (from computer and microfilm printers) cost 25 cents per page, except library catalog printouts, which are free. Copies from the photocopiers and microfilm scanners may also be saved to flash drives at no charge. Flash drives are available for purchase at the library.

Group Visits

Book your group visit today!

NEHGS welcomes visits by groups from genealogical societies, historical societies, schools, churches, and other organizations. Our staff can provide an orientation and tour of the library, as well as customized presentations about our resources, website, collections, or other special topics as needed. Please provide at least one month’s notice before bringing a group of ten people or more to the library. Group discounts may be available. Availability for group visits on certain days may be limited due to special events at the NEHGS library.

To schedule a group visit, or for more information, please call our Education Department at 617-226-1226, toll-free at 888-286-3447, or contact us by email at

If your group is new to genealogical research, a helpful video can be found in our Online Learning Center: Getting Started in Genealogy