Friday, March 25, 2011

NEHGS has a FREE Guest Account

I'm not sure that I remember that the New England Historic Genealogical Society offered a FREE guest account in the past, but I received an email from NEHGS today saying that the one I have is expiring by the end of the month.  Note that I also have a fully paid NEHGS membership that includes access to the full set of online collections on the website.

I wondered - what does the FREE guest account include?  Here is the home page for the site:

In the very top line, above the American Ancestors banner, is a link for "Free Account."  I clicked on the  link:

There is a large "Register Now" link at the bottom of this page.

The "Free Account" page lists the following benefits of registering:

10 Free Databases - see list below
Online Genealogist - David Allen Lambert's regular column
American Ancestors Magazine - only a search for articles, and selected articles from earlier publications
The NEHGS Library Catalog
Educational Resources - Getting Started, Online Seminars, and Articles

The Ten Free Databases page shows (two screens):

The ten free databases are:

*  Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
*  Social Security Death Index, to Feb. 201
New England Ancestors Magazine
*  Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920
*  Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners
*  New York Wills, 1626-1836
*  Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
*  Gloucester, MA: Burials
*  Ware, MA Families

I do note that many of these free databases are available on other free or commercial database providers, but you have to search for them.  The Webinars and articles offered in the Learning Center are free to access without a free account.

If any of these databases might be helpful to you, then a free account at might help you with your research.  After awhile, the free account will expire and you will be asked to join NEHGS ($79.95 per year, includes the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (a quarterly peer-reviewed journal) and American Ancestors magazine (five issues per year), plus access to all of their online databases.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Randy, this is new since the website went on line. It didn't apply to the old website. I heard that it will only be offered for a limited time, so everyone should hurry to get their guest account!

Kyle said...

I already visit the link site you post and try it. Thanks for sharing it on your article.