Advocating for genealogists since 1980, MGC provides many benefits to genealogists and the societies they join. MGC

  • monitors legislative and administrative activities of governmental agencies which affect genealogists;
  • sponsors and presents legislation and programs designed to expand the resources and accessibility of services;
  • develops and promotes the growth, education and exchange of ideas among persons and organizations interested in the pursuit of genealogy; and
  • provides educational activities to advance genealogy.

As just one example, during the 2010 legislative session, MGC successfully opposed a bill that would have closed access to all vital records since 1841. That’s no typo, the year in the bill was 1841.

The benefits to member organization include:

  • the MGC e-newsletter with updates on access to local, state, and federal records;
  • the MGC Annual Seminar with multiple tracks of presentations on genealogical and records access issues; plus
    • 2 discounted registrations to our annual meeting (for your president and delegate);
    • 1 table in our vendor hall to present your organization to all attendees;
  • willing MGC officers and directors to bring an information booth to your events, or present a workshop about how genealogists can impact legislation;
  • invitations for your president and delegate to participate in our regular board meetings and to discuss issues of paramount importance to genealogists and historians alike; and
  • your organization’s web-link posted on the MGC website.

MGC members staff an information booth at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.



African-American History and Genealogy Society––New England Chapter

The New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS-NE) was formed in 1997 as a non-profit organization to promote genealogical research of African-American heritage at all levels, beginner to professional. AAHGS-NE is affiliated with the national organization of the same name headquartered in Washington, D.C. and is one of 34 chapters in the United States.

Cape Cod Genealogical Society

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society (CCGS) is a central resource for genealogy researchers who live on Cape Cod or who have Cape Cod (Barnstable County) family connections. Founded in 1971, we acquire, catalog, and preserve genealogical and historical information, emphasizing but not limited to Cape Cod.

Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society

Welcome!  We are a group of dedicated genealogists who are committed to sharing our combined wealth of research information with both newcomers to genealogy and with more advanced researchers.  We regularly staff several outreach programs in local libraries and senior centers each month and invite you to join us for help with your personal research.  We hold monthly membership meetings which are open to the general public where our guest speakers will educate and entertain you!  Also, many of our members have worked diligently to compile detailed cemetery books for many surrounding communities.  A complete list can be found on our society website.

Essex Society of Genealogists

Organized in 1975, as a chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, we became an independent society in 1981. We are home based at the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Lynnfield Public Library. Our collection includes approximately 3000 volumes of genealogies and town histories. The collection also includes a complete run of the Massachusetts vital records in printed form and on microfiche, microfilm of Essex county census, early probate, and deed records, and many journals and genealogical periodicals. We also house some sources for other areas outside of Essex county, such as greater New England, New York, and Atlantic Canada.

Falmouth Genealogical Society

The Falmouth Genealogical Society was founded in 1985 to promote an interest in genealogy and family history and to provide local genealogists an opportunity to participate in educational programs and the sharing of research results and challenges.

Friends of Irish Research

A group of friends with over 125 years of research experience that offer seminars and consultations. Specializing in Irish research and helping others break through those brick walls. Friends also is a repository for a growing number of digital books and genealogical materials.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, study and exchange of ideas and information among people interested in Jewish genealogical research and family history.


Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

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.


New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Welcome to all New England APG members! The New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists was officially recognized in December 2007, nearly five years after recognition of its parent, the Greater Boston Chapter of APG.


New England Historic and Genealogical Society

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and most respected nonprofit genealogical organization in the country. We invite you to learn more about how NEHGS can help you explore a wealth of resources and research tools to discover your family’s story today.