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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society]]'' <br>
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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="Hours">"Library Hours and Fees" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7430.asp (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org] <br>  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="Hours">"Library Hours and Fees" in ''AmericanAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/visit-the-library/ (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org] <br>  
  
'''Address:'''<ref name="Visit">"Visit NEHGS" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/visit.asp (accessed 28 August 2010).</ref>  
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'''Address:'''<ref name="Visit">"Visit NEHGS" in ''AmericanAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/visit/ (accessed 28 August 2010).</ref>  
  
 
:101 Newbury Street<br>  
 
:101 Newbury Street<br>  
 
:Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007 <br><br>
 
:Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007 <br><br>
  
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="Library">"Library" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/about/985.asp (accessed 28 August 2010).</ref> &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>  
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="Library">"Library" in ''AmericanAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/NEHGS-experts-library/ (accessed 28 August 2010).</ref> &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>  
  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Hours" />  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Hours" />  
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:Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  
 
:Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  
 
:Closed Sunday and Monday <br>  
 
:Closed Sunday and Monday <br>  
::For the '''''holiday schedule''''', [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7430.asp click here].<br><br>
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::For the '''''holiday schedule''''', [http://www.americanancestors.org/visit-the-library/ click here].<br><br>
  
 
'''Admission fee:'''<ref name="Hours" />&nbsp; Library admission is free to NEHGS research members and above; non-members (including seniors, students, and subscription level members) will be charged $15 (U.S.)  
 
'''Admission fee:'''<ref name="Hours" />&nbsp; Library admission is free to NEHGS research members and above; non-members (including seniors, students, and subscription level members) will be charged $15 (U.S.)  
  
'''Directions, public transportation, and parking:'''<ref name="Directions">"Directions to NEHGS" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7432.asp (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref><ref>"Parking" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7434.asp (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref>  
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'''Directions, public transportation, and parking:'''<ref name="Directions">"Directions to NEHGS" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/directions/ (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref><ref>"Parking" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/parking/ (accessed 29 August 2010).</ref>  
  
:For directions and public transportation, [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7432.asp click here].  
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:For directions and public transportation, [http://www.americanancestors.org/directions/ click here].  
:For public parking, [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/7434.asp click here]. <br><br>
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:For public parking, [http://www.americanancestors.org/parking/ click here]. <br><br>
  
 
'''Key Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Key Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ NewEnglandAncestors.org] About NEHGS, visiting, manuscripts, virtual tour and exhibits, library catalog, collection guides, hire the experts, forums, publications, programs and events, and databases including the Great Migration Study Project, ''The NEHG Register'', and town records.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org] About NEHGS, visiting, manuscripts, virtual tour and exhibits, library catalog, collection guides, hire the experts, forums, publications, programs and events, and databases including the Great Migration Study Project, The NEHG Register, and town records.&nbsp;''News:'' Calendar, CEO's Corner, Blog, and Question of the Day; ''Explore:'' Search, Index, Databases, Experts, and Library; ''Connect:'' Experts, Facebook, Events; and ''Store.''  
*[http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org] ''News:'' Calendar, CEO's Corner, Blog, and Question of the Day; ''Explore:'' Search, Index, Databases, Experts, and Library; ''Connect:'' Experts, Facebook, Events; and ''Store.''  
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/ Online NEHGS Library Catalog] Searches: keyword, title, author, subject, call number, and advanced.  
 
*[http://library.nehgs.org/ Online NEHGS Library Catalog] Searches: keyword, title, author, subject, call number, and advanced.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/5028.asp Great Migration Study Project 1620-1635]&nbsp; index to 7,192 names, 2,040 places, and 249 ships.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=097 Great Migration Study Project 1620-1635]&nbsp; index to 7,192 names, 2,040 places, and 249 ships.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Vital_records.asp Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850] birth, baptism, admit, dismiss, intent, marriage, death, burial.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=190 Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850] birth, baptism, admit, dismiss, intent, marriage, death, burial.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Mass_Bmd.asp Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910] birth, marriage, and death.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=191 Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910] birth, marriage, and death.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/mass_bmd1915.asp Massachusetts Vital Records 1911-1915] birth, marriage, and death.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=192 Massachusetts Vital Records 1911-1915] birth, marriage, and death.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/NY_Probate.asp New York Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships 1787-1835] from 51 NY counties.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 New York Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships 1787-1835] from 51 NY counties.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/nehgsr.asp ''The Register'' database] including articles about vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays.
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=202 ''The Register'' database] including articles about vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays.
  
 
{{Wikipedia|New England Historic Genealogical Society}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|New England Historic Genealogical Society}}  
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=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest such society in the United States. They maintain an Internet database of over 100 miliion names, including vital records, compiled genealogies, and scholarly journals. They publish both&nbsp;''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/517962020 American Ancestors]'' and ''[[New England Historical Genealogical Register Online|The New England Historical Genealogical Register]]'' (''The Register''). Their catalog lists over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and other sources. The manuscript collection has over 20 million items with an emphasis on New England since the 1600s. The Society has educational research tours, lectures, seminars, and other events throughout the year.<ref name="Wik">"New England Historic Genealogical Society" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref>  
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Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest such society in the United States. They maintain an Internet database of over 100 million names, including vital records, compiled genealogies, and scholarly journals. They publish both&nbsp;''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/517962020 American Ancestors]'' and ''[[New England Historical Genealogical Register Online|The New England Historical Genealogical Register]]'' (''The Register''). Their catalog lists over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and other sources. The manuscript collection has over 20 million items with an emphasis on New England since the 1600s. The Society has educational research tours, lectures, seminars, and other events throughout the year.<ref name="Wik">"New England Historic Genealogical Society" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref>  
  
 
The Research Library collection&nbsp;is national in scope. They also have significant material for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other nations. NEHGS has a fine arts collection, and an antique furniture collection.<ref name="Wik" />  
 
The Research Library collection&nbsp;is national in scope. They also have significant material for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other nations. NEHGS has a fine arts collection, and an antique furniture collection.<ref name="Wik" />  
  
The Great Migration Study Project seeks to identify every European settler in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1640. This effort has already produced several published volumes in addition to the Internet database.<ref name="Wik" />  
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The Great Migration Study Project seeks to identify every European settler in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1640. This effort has already produced several published volumes in addition to the Internet database.<ref name="Wik" />&nbsp;You can see a tutorial at FamilySearch Learning Center of ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/an-overview-of-the-nehgs-manuscript-collection/185 "An Overview of the NEGHS Manuscript Collection"]''.
  
Their staff includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research.<ref>"Get to know NEHGS" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/about.asp (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref>  
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Their staff includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research.<ref>"Get to know NEHGS" in ''NewEnglandAncestors.org'' at http://www.americanancestors.org/about/ (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref>  
  
 
The NEHGS Research Library is arranged by floor as follows:  
 
The NEHGS Research Library is arranged by floor as follows:  
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=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/pdfs/LibraryGuide8-2006.pdf Library Users Guide] floor maps, services, policies, obtaining copies, catalog use and symbols.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Marketing/PDF_Archive/LibraryGuide8-2006.pdf Library Users Guide] floor maps, services, policies, obtaining copies, catalog use and symbols.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/pdfs/NEHGSResourcesSyllabus.pdf NEHGS Research Library Resources] moderately detailed floor-by-floor collection description.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Marketing/PDF_Archive/NEHGSResourcesSyllabus.pdf NEHGS Research Library Resources] moderately detailed floor-by-floor collection description.  
 
*"New England Historic Genealogical Society," ''Ancestry Magazine'' 20 no. 5 on the Internet at http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6815 (accessed 30 August 2010).  
 
*"New England Historic Genealogical Society," ''Ancestry Magazine'' 20 no. 5 on the Internet at http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6815 (accessed 30 August 2010).  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_8923.asp African American Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/african-american-genealogical-resources-at-nehgs/ African American Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/gazetters.asp Gazetteers of the World, Countries, and States] at NEHGS.  
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*[http://americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Re=gazetteers&Run=1 Gazetteers of the World, Countries, and States] at NEHGS.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_7115.asp Italian Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Library/Collections/italian_guide.pdf Italian Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_7080.asp Jewish Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/jewish-genealogical-resources-at-NEHGS/ Jewish Genealogical Resources] at NEHGS.  
*William Prescott Greenlaw, [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5765667 Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society] (Boston, Mass.:G.K. Hall, 1979) ({{FHL|974 D22g}}). Genealogies acquired at NEHGS 1900-1940.
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*William Prescott Greenlaw, [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/5765667 Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society] (Boston, Mass.:G.K. Hall, 1979) ({{FHL|974 D22g}}). Genealogies acquired at NEHGS 1900-1940.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/library-resources-at-the-new-england-historic-genealogical-society/113 "Library Resources at the New England Historic Genealogical Society"], an online tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/an-overview-of-the-nehgs-manuscript-collection/185 "An Overview of the NEHGS Manuscript Collection"]&nbsp;, an online tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center.
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/public/genealogy.html National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)] (that is Waltham), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.  
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*[[American Antiquarian Society]], Worcester, collects newspapers, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.  
*[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/nyc/public/genealogy.html National Archives Northeast (New York City)], census, naturalization, passenger arrivals, Canadian border crossings, customs, draft, military service, military pension and bounty land, Chinese Exclusion Act cases, Freedmen's Bureau, Indians, and vital records. Closing soon.<br>  
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*[[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]] (that is Waltham), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.  
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*[[National Archives Northeast Region (New York City)]], census, naturalization, passenger arrivals, Canadian border crossings, customs, draft, military service, military pension and bounty land, Chinese Exclusion Act cases, Freedmen's Bureau, Indians, and vital records. '''''Moving soon.<br>'''''
 
*[http://www.cslib.org/handg.htm Connecticut State Library], Hartford,&nbsp;has the Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, cemeteries, probates,&nbsp;vital records, directories, land, local histories, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.<br>  
 
*[http://www.cslib.org/handg.htm Connecticut State Library], Hartford,&nbsp;has the Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, cemeteries, probates,&nbsp;vital records, directories, land, local histories, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.<br>  
 
*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives], Augusta,&nbsp;has vital records, land, office records, military, judicial, legislative records, and a list of professional genealogists.<br>  
 
*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives], Augusta,&nbsp;has vital records, land, office records, military, judicial, legislative records, and a list of professional genealogists.<br>  
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'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/milstein-division-us-history-local-history-genealogy New York City Public Library Genealogy Division] has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.<br>  
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*[[New York Public Library]] Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.<br>  
 
*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, features a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.<br>  
 
*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, features a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.<br>  
 
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.<br>
 
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.<br>
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*[http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/ Boston Athenaeum], a member library with newspapers, maps, photos, Civil War letters, diaries.  
 
*[http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/ Boston Athenaeum], a member library with newspapers, maps, photos, Civil War letters, diaries.  
 
*[http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/suffsupcrimmain.html Suffolk County Courthouse], maintains criminal and probation records.<br>  
 
*[http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/suffsupcrimmain.html Suffolk County Courthouse], maintains criminal and probation records.<br>  
*[http://www.probatecourtiannella.com/ Suffolk Probate and Family Court], wills, guardianship, divorce, adoptions, name changes.  
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*[http://www.courtreference.com/Suffolk-County-Massachusetts-Courts.htm Suffolk Probate and Family Court], wills, guardianship, divorce, adoptions, name changes.  
 
*[http://www.suffolkdeeds.com/ Suffolk County Registry of Deeds], preserves land records.  
 
*[http://www.suffolkdeeds.com/ Suffolk County Registry of Deeds], preserves land records.  
 
*[http://www.bostonhistory.org/?s=info Bostonian Society], does historical records research, and structures preservation.<br>  
 
*[http://www.bostonhistory.org/?s=info Bostonian Society], does historical records research, and structures preservation.<br>  
*[http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=afagencylanding&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Research+%26+Technology&L2=Oversight+Agencies&L3=The+State+Library+of+Massachusetts&sid=Eoaf Massachusetts State Library] holds government documents, town, county and state histories.<br>  
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*[http://www.themayflowersociety.com/library Mayflower Society Library], family and local histories, censuses, published town records, CDs.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=afagencylanding&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Research+%26+Technology&L2=Oversight+Agencies&L3=The+State+Library+of+Massachusetts&sid=Eoaf Massachusetts State Library], holds government documents, town, county and state histories.<br>  
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm Massachusetts Archives], vital records, passenger lists, census, military, Maine, Plymouth Colony, court, natuaralizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and state institutions.<br>  
 
*[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm Massachusetts Archives], vital records, passenger lists, census, military, Maine, Plymouth Colony, court, natuaralizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and state institutions.<br>  
 
*[http://www.masshist.org/ Massachusetts Historical Society], has personal papers of families who lived in Massachusetts.<br>  
 
*[http://www.masshist.org/ Massachusetts Historical Society], has personal papers of families who lived in Massachusetts.<br>  
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*[http://lib.harvard.edu/libraries/listings_alpha.html Harvard University Libraries], history, Afro-American studies, and women's history libraries.<br>  
 
*[http://lib.harvard.edu/libraries/listings_alpha.html Harvard University Libraries], history, Afro-American studies, and women's history libraries.<br>  
 
*[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/ Congregational Library], church and mission records, histories, sermons, 25,000 obituaries.  
 
*[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/ Congregational Library], church and mission records, histories, sermons, 25,000 obituaries.  
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*[http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/index.html Berkshire Athenaeum], Cooke Collection church and cemetery records, newspaper notices, ministers' records, BMDs from New England and New York, genealogy databases.
 
*[http://www.massog.org/index.html Massachusetts Society of Genealogists], Ashland, is an educational organization.<br>  
 
*[http://www.massog.org/index.html Massachusetts Society of Genealogists], Ashland, is an educational organization.<br>  
*[http://www.americanantiquarian.org/ American Antiquarian Society], Worcester, collects history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, newspapers, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.
 
 
*[http://www.pem.org/library/ Peabody Essex Museum Library], Salem, collects published MA vital records to 1850, city directories, Essex County probate records 1638-1914, court records, and ship logbooks.  
 
*[http://www.pem.org/library/ Peabody Essex Museum Library], Salem, collects published MA vital records to 1850, city directories, Essex County probate records 1638-1914, court records, and ship logbooks.  
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*[http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/the_museums/ct_valley_history/ Connecticut Valley Historical Museum], local archives, French Canadian, Irish, African American.
 
*[http://library.mysticseaport.org/home.cfm Mystic Seaport Museum], Mystic, Connecticut, has steamship photos, logbooks, and crew lists.<br>
 
*[http://library.mysticseaport.org/home.cfm Mystic Seaport Museum], Mystic, Connecticut, has steamship photos, logbooks, and crew lists.<br>
  
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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
New England Historic Genealogical Society exterior, Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
6th floor Ruth Bishop Reading Room reference collections and compiled genealogies.

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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  info@nehgs.org

Address:[2]

101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007

Telephone:[3]  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307

Hours and holidays:[1]

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
For the holiday schedule, click here.

Admission fee:[1]  Library admission is free to NEHGS research members and above; non-members (including seniors, students, and subscription level members) will be charged $15 (U.S.)

Directions, public transportation, and parking:[4][5]

For directions and public transportation, click here.
For public parking, click here.

Key Internet sites and databases:

The Society's flagship publication is The Register. For links to online copies of The Register, see our New England Historical Genealogical Register online Wiki page.

Collection Description

Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest such society in the United States. They maintain an Internet database of over 100 million names, including vital records, compiled genealogies, and scholarly journals. They publish both American Ancestors and The New England Historical Genealogical Register (The Register). Their catalog lists over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and other sources. The manuscript collection has over 20 million items with an emphasis on New England since the 1600s. The Society has educational research tours, lectures, seminars, and other events throughout the year.[6]

The Research Library collection is national in scope. They also have significant material for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other nations. NEHGS has a fine arts collection, and an antique furniture collection.[6]

The Great Migration Study Project seeks to identify every European settler in Massachusetts from 1620 to 1640. This effort has already produced several published volumes in addition to the Internet database.[6] You can see a tutorial at FamilySearch Learning Center of "An Overview of the NEGHS Manuscript Collection".

Their staff includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research.[7]

The NEHGS Research Library is arranged by floor as follows:

  • 6th Floor: laptop hookups, Massachusetts vital records, periodicals, genealogies, general reference in open stacks, and access to rare books by call slip.
  • 5A Floor: access to manuscripts by call slip.
  • 5th Floor: local history collection, maps and atlases in open stacks.
  • 4th Floor: microfilm, microfiche, U.S. and Canadian censuses and census indexes, New England city directories, CD-ROMs, computers, Internet access, LDS Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, and Ancestral File in open stacks.
  • Ground Floor: welcome, orientation, bookstore, British Isles, European, Asian, and Pacific books in open stacks, and access to the “Vault” materials by call slip.[8]

Tips

NEHGS members have access to a lending library, and bookstore discounts. 

Guides

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, collects newspapers, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.
  • National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) (that is Waltham), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
  • National Archives Northeast Region (New York City), census, naturalization, passenger arrivals, Canadian border crossings, customs, draft, military service, military pension and bounty land, Chinese Exclusion Act cases, Freedmen's Bureau, Indians, and vital records. Moving soon.
  • Connecticut State Library, Hartford, has the Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, cemeteries, probates, vital records, directories, land, local histories, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.
  • Maine State Archives, Augusta, has vital records, land, office records, military, judicial, legislative records, and a list of professional genealogists.
  • New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, has records of probate, land, petitions, state papers, military, census, name changes, photos, naturalizations, voters, warnings out, town records and inventories, prisoners, marriage intentions, paupers, maps, and court records.
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York City, has censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, probates, genealogy, local history, and manuscripts.
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, includes local, military, economic, social, church, political histories, newspapers, genealogy, women’s history, and business records.
  • Vermont Historical Society Library, Barre, houses town histories, an index to vital records to 1870, cemeteries, letters, diaries, ledgers, early maps, photographs, and printed genealogies.

Similar Collections

  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, features a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Library Hours and Fees" in AmericanAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/visit-the-library/ (accessed 29 August 2010).
  2. "Visit NEHGS" in AmericanAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/visit/ (accessed 28 August 2010).
  3. "Library" in AmericanAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/NEHGS-experts-library/ (accessed 28 August 2010).
  4. "Directions to NEHGS" in NewEnglandAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/directions/ (accessed 29 August 2010).
  5. "Parking" in NewEnglandAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/parking/ (accessed 29 August 2010).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "New England Historic Genealogical Society" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).
  7. "Get to know NEHGS" in NewEnglandAncestors.org at http://www.americanancestors.org/about/ (accessed 30 August 2010).
  8. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Library Users Guide (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, August 2006), 1. On the Internet at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/pdfs/LibraryGuide8-2006.pdf (accessed 30 August 2010).