The nation's founding genealogical society
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.
Beginning September 29, 2020, by appointment-only, we will be open with limited-capacity for onsite research visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To request an appointment, please visit: AmericanAncestors.org/visit/schedule-a-visit
Safety Protocols for Onsite Visits
Onsite visitation is by confirmed appointment only. All onsite visitors are required to wear a covering over their nose and mouth at all times and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from other people. All staff will be wearing face coverings; hand sanitizer will be readily available. Throughout the day, our staff will be disinfecting surfaces regularly between use. All visitors will be required to leave the building between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to allow the staff to clean the building and take their lunch breaks. Visitors are not permitted to eat in the building. Visitors will be assigned a single workstation to use for the duration of their visit. Visitors will have open stack access to research materials on the floor to which they have been are assigned. A member of our staff will retrieve materials located on any other floor.
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. Admission is $10 on Tuesdays.
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 email@example.com.
Hours of Operation:
Staff available for virtual services:
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
By-appointment only, onsite research visits:
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours 2020
Wednesday, January 1, 2020- Closed for New Year's Day
Saturday, February 15, 2020- Closed for Presidents' Day
Saturday May 23, 2020- Closed for Memorial Day
Saturday July 4, 2020- Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday September 5, 2020- Closed for Labor Day
Wednesday November 25, 2020- Closed at 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 26, 2020- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, November 27, 2020- Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 24, 2020- Closed for Christmas Eve
Friday, December 25, 2020- Closed for Christmas
Thursday, December 31, 2020- Closed at 1 p.m. for New Year's Eve
Friday, January 1, 2021- Closed for New Year's Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
If your group is new to genealogical research, a helpful video can be found in our Online Learning Center: Getting Started in Genealogy