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ancestry-com-inc is the world's largest online resource for family history. The company has helped pioneer the market for online family history research, taking a pursuit that was expensive and time-consuming and making it easy, affordable and accessible to anyone with an interest in their family history. The foundation of's service is an extensive collection of billions of historical records that have been digitized, indexed and put online over the past 15 years. These digital records and documents, combined with their proprietary online search technologies, tools and collaboration features, have enabled our more than 1.7 million subscribers to create nearly 34 million family trees that contain nearly 9 billion profiles, make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors.


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The New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) is the local chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

APG is an independent organization whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work: from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole. The association also seeks to protect the interest of those engaging in the services of the professional.

NEAPG is designed to be a place where professionals from a wide variety of specialties can come together with the common ground of genealogy.

Many of our professional genealogists will be happy to assist with your research; speak to your group on numerous genealogical topics or provide a variety of other services. We know you want excellence in the services you seek and we encourage you to contact our members to see if one can address your needs.

Boston University Genealogical Research Programs

When genealogical research is used to authenticate an identity, solve a medical mystery, trace property ownership, find lost friends and family, or write accurate historical discourses, the results must be irrefutable.

The Genealogical Research Program at Boston University's Center for Professional Education introduces current genealogical technologies and research methods that reflect the exacting standards and investigative best practices used by professionals. Developed in collaboration with—and taught by—some of the premier genealogists in the country, the Genealogical Research Program employs lectures, demonstrations, hands-on learning, workbook exercises, practice activities, and open discussions to help students identify and evaluate evidence, design research strategies, and write quality reports.

The program leads to a certificate from Boston University, and is excellent preparation for those who seek certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

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Massachusetts State Society 


 The Massachusetts Society DAR was founded in 1892, just two years after the National Society. Today we have 40 chapters with 2137 members.   From the beautiful Berkshires, the DAR State Forest in Goshen, Central Massachusetts, with its many colleges and universities, the Boston area with its rich history, lovely Old Cape Cod, the Islands of Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, the rocky North Shore, and historic Plymouth, Massachusetts is where it all began.  There are DAR chapters across the state.  Many of the members in our National Society trace their ancestry right here to Massachusetts. History, patriotism and education are our threefold objectives.   Our heritage is what binds us together.


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The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. (MSOG), a non-profit, educational organization, was founded in 1975 with the purpose of promoting and encouraging Massachusetts genealogical research at all levels, beginner, amateur, and professional.

MSOG is made up of chapters throughout Massachusetts: Bristol, Martha's Vineyard, Merrimack Valley, Middlesex, and Worcester. Each chapter has its own governing board of officers, an annual meeting, and an election. Each chapter is a member of the state board and is represented by the chapter's president. Chapters do not meet during the months of July and August.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. It has more than 25,000 members and is the nation's leading center for family and local history research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years. NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.


The Irish Ancestral Research Association


The Irish Ancestral Research Association TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) is a non-profit organization established to develop and promote the growth, study and exchange of ideas among people and organizations interested in Irish genealogical and historical research and education. Our monthly meetings educate and entertain our members, as well as foster interaction with other Irish researchers. We do NOT provide individual genealogical research services.