Research Center Group and School Visits

Discover family history with your students and historical society

We also now offer virtual field trips for school groups.

Our Boston headquarters will be closed to visitors as of Saturday, March 25, 2023, to renovate, improve, and expand our facilities. Our staff will continue to serve our members remotely.

Improvements to our current headquarters, and the launch of our exciting new facility at 97 Newbury Street, will allow us to better serve our members and the public. 

We’re very excited about these upcoming changes and look forward to opening our new and renovated facilities in 2024! 

Group in the library stacks

Group Visits

We welcome visits from genealogical societies, historical societies, and other organizations to the American Ancestors Research Center at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Our staff can provide an orientation and tour of the research center, as well as customized presentations about our resources, website, collections, or other special topics as needed. Non-members of American Ancestors who visit with a group receive a special discounted day fee rate of $15.

Group capacity is 25 people. Please provide at least one month’s notice before bringing a group of ten people or more to the library. Group visits occur during regular library hours (Tues, 9-1; Wed.-Sat. 9-5) and may be limited due to special events at our Research Center.

NOTE: We will be closed for renovations in 2023. We can still provide lectures to group online or in-person at offsite venues during this time. Visit our Speaker Requests page for further details.


Virtual Field Trips

Take a field trip without leaving your classroom! Introduce your students to the concepts, benefits, and joys of family history. Students will learn how to think like a genealogist and discover how to trace families back in time.

Book Your Virtual Field Trip

My Family History Starts Here!

Grades: 3-8
Capacity: Unlimited
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: Free
Platform: Zoom

Offered Monday through Friday, at a flexible time based on your schedule.

Students will:

  • Increase their awareness of the reasons and benefits for doing genealogy
  • Discover the steps that genealogists follow to conduct research
  • Create a personalized research plan based on their unique history
  • Analyze records and photographs
  • Preserve memories from heirlooms
  • Receive tips for interviewing family members


Contact: Dustin Axe
Youth Genealogy Curriculum Coordinator