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Massachusetts Genealogical Council

Member Societies

A delegate from NEAPG, a member society, and MGC's Director of Communications staff the MGC booth at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.


Our Member Societies

Afro-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.

American Ancestors / NEHGS

Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through twentieth-century immigration research.

Essex Society of Genealogists

Organized in 1975, as a chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, the Essex Society of Genealogists (ESOG) became an independent society in 1981. ESOG delivers quality educational seminars, and helps with genealogical research. The society publishes a quarterly journal for membership. Their meetings are open to all, you need not be a member to attend.

Falmouth Genealogical Society

FGS is a nonprofit organization of beginner, amateur, and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to studying, preserving and sharing family histories.   ​Established in 1985, FGS promotes genealogical research among members; the Barnstable County, MA community; and anyone interested in family history.

Friends of Irish Research

The Friends of Irish Research is group of friends with over 125 years of research experience that offer seminars and consultations.  The group specializes in Irish research and helping others break through their brick walls. Friends also has 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. MSOG has four regional chapters. Each chapter has regular member meetings, is governed independently, and sends its president to the state board.

Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Commemorating the Pilgrims who settled Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Society seeks to further research on Mayflower ancestry and to emulate their spirit of religious freedom, independence, purity and steadfastness.

New Bedford Historical Society


The New Bedford Historical Society seeks to establish a solid base of research and programs that will make the contributions of people of color a part of the life and and history of the region as well as a part of the permanent, public record. In the process, the history of the region in general will become fuller, deeper, and richer for everyone.

New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Our organization is dedicated to supporting those engaged in the business of genealogy through advocacy, collaboration, education, and the promotion of high ethical standards. We are honored to have received the APG Golden Chapter Award for 2018, which recognizes our services to more than 100 professionals in the New England states and beyond.

The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA)

The Irish Ancestral Research Association is a non-profit organization. It promotes the growth, study and exchange of ideas among people and organizations interested in Irish genealogy, historical research, and education. Monthly meetings, conferences, newsletter, and website educate and entertain our members. They also foster interaction with other Irish researchers. 

Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society

Since its beginning in 1972, the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS) has been assisting researchers at all levels, from beginners to those with years of experience.

WMGS serves the Western Massachusetts counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Franklin, as well as the Connecticut counties of Litchfield, Hartford, and Tolland including anyone with ancestors from this area.

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