Ask a Genealogist-A service for NEHGS members

Have a question about research methodology?
Wondering where a certain type of record can be found?
Looking for suggestions on sources you might try next in your research?


For NEHGS members, we offer a free Ask a Genealogist service to answer quick genealogy or local history reference questions. Our staff of genealogists can provide guidance and suggestions about such topics as where to locate records or what sources to try next in your research.


Examples of the types of questions answered through the Ask a Genealogist service are:

  • What does the abbreviation “w” mean in a land record?
  • Where would this death certificate be located and how can I obtain a copy of it?
  • Where can I find newspapers for Stark County, Ohio?
  • Can you recommend sources for research on Quakers in New York?


While Ask a Genealogist does not carry out genealogical research on individual ancestors for you or review the research you have done so far, NEHGS does offer another service which will do just that.


If you are interested in carrying out research yourself, but would like more extensive assistance than that which is provided through Ask a Genealogist, you can also receive one-on-one research guidance in person or by phone through our Consultations service.

We will schedule an appointment with you and select the genealogist you will work with by matching staff expertise with the area you are researching.


You must be logged in as a member of the NEHGS to use this service.


Join now to enjoy full member benefits including access to Ask a Genealogist, American Ancestors Magazine, and more than 3,000 other online databases containing more than 200 million searchable names. You’ll also have full access to a number of other research tools, expert staff, and resources to help you uncover your family history.


2 responses to “Ask a Genealogist”

  1. Do you know anything about using twelve Y-STR markers indicated that nearly half of contemporary Jewish Kohanim shared Y-chromosomal J1 M267, (specifically haplogroup J-P58, also called J1c3), while other Kohanim (or Cohanim) share a different ancestry, such as haplogroup J2a (J-M410). I was told by a Rabbi our last name was Hebrew and we descended from the tribe of Levi.


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