The nation's founding genealogical society
PLEASE NOTE: The Library will be closed to visitors January 9 through 13, 2018, as we carry out an inventory of our collections. We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank visitors for their understanding. We will reopen, as usual, the following Tuesday, January 16.
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.
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.
Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Holiday Hours 2017
Monday, 2 January 2017- Closed for New Year’s Day
Monday, 16 January 2017- Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, 18 February 2017- Closed for Presidents’ Day
Monday, 20 February 2017- Closed for Presidents’ Day
Monday, April 17 2017- Closed for Patriots’ Day
Saturday, 27 May 2017 - Closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017- Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2017- Closed for Fourth of July
Saturday, 2 September 2017 - Closed for Labor Day
Monday, 4 September 2017- Closed for Labor Day
Monday, 9 October 2017- Closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday, 22 November 2017- Closes at 1 p.m.
Thursday, 23 November 2017- Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, 24 November 2017 - Closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday, 23 December 2017- Closed for Christmas
Monday, 25 December 2017- Closed for Christmas
Tuesday, 26 December 2017- Closed for Christmas
Saturday, 30 December 2017- Closed 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 special collections is exclusively available to NEHGS members. 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 email@example.com.
Photocopying and Image Saving
Photocopies and printouts (from computer and microfilm printers) cost 25 cents per page, except library catalog printouts, which are free. Copy cards for use with the photocopiers are available from a vending machine in the seventh-floor reading room. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your group is new to genealogical research, a helpful video can be found in our Online Learning Center: Getting Started in Genealogy