New England Historic Genealogical Society

  • MA

About Us

To advance the study of family history in America and beyond, the New England Historic Genealogical Society educates, inspires, and connects people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise. We have a 7-story research center on Newbury Street in Boston, with over 70 full-time staff, and we serve 25,000 members nationally and 80,000 total constituents.

Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogical organization. Located in Boston, NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America. The NEHGS research library, one of the most respected genealogical libraries in the field, is home to millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. The award-winning website offers access to more than 110 million names in 2,400 searchable databases. NEHGS has more than 24,000 members nationally. NEHGS staff include some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, and Jewish genealogy.