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Subject Guides

Subject guides provide how-to tips and methods, a listing of essential resources (in print and online), contextual background, and more.

General Topics

Getting Started
Description: Gain tips and tools for starting your family history research

Getting Organized
Description: Learn how to organize both your genealogical research and your findings.

Genealogical Software
Description: Determine what genealogical software program is right for you.

Description: Learn how to search

Using the NEHGS Library
Description: Make the most of your visit to the NEHGS Library.

Using the Collections of the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Description: Learn about the resources at AJHS-NEA.

Genealogy for the Next Generation
Description: Educate and engage the next generation of genealogists with in class or at home activities and resources.

Writing & Publishing Your Family History
Description: Learn how to make your dream of writing and publishing your family history a reality.

Research and Resources

African American Genealogy
Description: Learn about important resources and records for finding your African American ancestors.

17th-C. New England Research
Description: Delve into the vast array of resources available for seventeenth-century New England.

Catholic Records in New England
Description: Research Catholic records in New England.

Chinese-American Genealogy
Description: Discover important resources for locating your Chinese-American ancestors.

English Genealogy
Description: Find important resources for locating your English ancestors; includes information on early New England families.

French-Canadian Genealogy
Description: Learn how-to tips, where to find key records and resources, language notes, and more.

German Genealogy
Description: Discover your German ancestors with this subject guide.

Heraldry in America
Description: Learn about the terminology, reference works, and regulatory organizations that oversee heraldry.

Irish Genealogy
Description: Jump-start your Irish research with this list of key resources, records, and repositories.

Japanese-American Genealogy
Description: Discover important resources for locating your Japanese-American ancestors.

Massachusetts Research
Description: Get a general overview of just some Massachusetts resources.

Naturalization Records
Description: Learn where to find and how to access these important records.

New York Research
Description: Learn what resources and record exist for New York family history research.

Newfoundland Genealogy
Description: Learn what resources exist for Newfoundland family history research.

Nova Scotia Genealogy
Description: Explore resources for Nova Scotia family history research.

Pennsylvania Genealogy
Description: Locate key resources for your Pennsylvania research.

Pennsylvania German
Description: Find key resources for your Pennsylvania German ancestry.

Polish Genealogy
Description: Access important resources for locating your Polish ancestors.

Prince Edward Island Genealogy
Description: Learn what resources exist for PEI family history.

Quaker Genealogy
Description: Find your Quaker ancestors using these online and printed resources.

Rhode Island Research
Description: Learn what resources and record exist for Rhode Island family history research.

Scottish Genealogy
Description: Gain valuable information about researching your Scottish ancestry.

World War Veteran Research
Description: Learn how to access records pertinent to researching WWI and WWII U.S. veteran ancestors.