Online Classes

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NEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. Watch archived webinars, videos, and more. Note: The schedule below is subject to change.


Free and open to the public

NextGen Tools for Advancing Your Family History Research
Presented by Melanie McComb, Genealogist
Thursday, September 19 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Hit a brick wall in your research? Want to connect with distant relatives? Interested in sharing your research or DNA results with others? Learn how to leverage online communities, social media, and other online tools to advance your understanding of your ancestors and make connections with family and genealogists worldwide. Register today!

What's New at is the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society and home to hundreds of databases with 1.4 billion searchable names, our robust online library catalog, digital manuscript collections, educational resources, and online periodicals with more being added each week. Stay up to date with what’s new at with this quarterly webinar series! Hear about new databases, search features, and resources only available at Register below!

Thursday, October 10, 2019 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Request a Webinar for Your Group

Hire one of our experts to present to your group on a subject of your choosing! Our custom webinars allow members of your group to hear and watch a presentation in real time, interact with a genealogical expert, type in questions and receive verbal responses, and have exclusive access to a recording of the presentation.

Each custom webinar is $250, lasts one hour, and can serve a maximum of 500 individual registrants. Webinars may be scheduled for anytime between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Wednesdays. Requests must be made at least 6-8 weeks prior to the intended event date. Contact or call 617-226-1226 to book your webinar.

Online Conferences

Follow the Money: Tracing Ancestors through Financial Transactions
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
Saturday, 10/5 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until December 31, 2019
Cost: $125

Financial records can tell us so much about our ancestors. Beyond socio-economic status, these transactions can shed light on extended family; birth, marriage, and death information; and even immigrant origins. They can also fill in the timeline of your ancestor’s life and movements. In this online conference, experts from American Ancestors will demonstrate how the information found in deeds, mortgages, probate, pension, court, tax, account books, welfare, and more can deepen your understanding of your ancestors’ life and even break through some longstanding genealogical brick walls. NOTE: If you cannot attend the live class sessions, you will be able to watch recordings, access templates, and print/download/save handouts and slides until the end of December 2019. You will not miss any of the content by participating this way. Register today!

Attend a genealogical conference without leaving home!

  • Participate in multiple sessions throughout the day
  • Hear from renowned speakers, scholars, and professional genealogists
  • Interact with instructors and fellow attendees
  • Stay engaged with surveys and quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Take advantage of special offers and virtual “door prizes”
  • Download and/or print handouts, worksheets, and other resources
  • Access recordings of each presentation for later review

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Online Courses

Our Online Courses offer NEHGS members and guests a way to enhance their genealogical education through online presentations, handouts, and assessment. Can’t attend the live broadcast? You can still enroll! Course participants have access to all course materials, including a recording of the online seminar, for at least three months after the final class presentation.

Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist
Wednesdays, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until November 30, 2019
Cost: $125

For researchers with French-Canadian ancestors, there is a wealth of resources available in both Canada and the United States. French-Canadian genealogy, however, is not without its quirks. Shifting boundaries, “dit” names, notarial records, and the language barrier are just some of the challenges you may face. Join genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and maximize searches to discover your family’s past in both Canada and France. This five-week online course will focus on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec. Register today!


July 31 Class 1: Getting Started In this class we will look at U.S. and Canadian records that assist in identifying origins in French Canada and explore migratory patterns between the two countries.

August 7 Class 2: Church Records & Resources This class will examine the Drouin collection and associated indexes, how Dit names can affect a person in the records, and how to understand records in French.

August 14 Class 3: Notarial Records, Part I Rhonda will provide an in-depth look at these critical records including the process of identifying the proper notary and how to use Parchemin and other resources.

August 21 Class 4: Notarial Records, Part II We will work directly with the records created by notaries and provide methods for transcribing and translation.

August 28 Class 5: French Origins In this final class we will look at resources such as engagements that brought many of the men to Nouvelle France in the 1600s along with online church and archival resources to assist in finding where in France they came from.

Genealogy: Back to the Basics
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
Wednesdays, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Access to recordings, handouts, slides, and more until January 31, 2020
Cost: $125

Genealogy is one of the most valuable pursuits in which you can participate—learning about who you are and uncovering the stories of your ancestors can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. But with the sheer number of genealogical online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, staying organized, using DNA, and more. Register today!

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.


NEHGS webinars are FREE, live events that provide an overview of the resources, expertise, and educational opportunities available at NEHGS. Online Courses are paid, in-depth programs and offer more support material and greater access to the instructor(s). Our online education programs are open to anyone.

Anyone can register and attend our online programs.

Register for an event by clicking on the program title above or the “Register” link. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the live broadcast.

All information needed to join a live webinar is included in your confirmation email sent upon registration. You will receive the same information by email one day and one hour before the presentation. Note: Log on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to download the Citrix Online Launcher.

All online programs are recorded for future viewing. Recorded webinars are posted to our Online Learning Center and may be viewed by anyone. Recordings of online courses are available only to registered participants of a given course.

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