Publications

New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Sharon Buzzell Inglis
Publishing Director
Sharon Buzzell Inglis

In nearly 30 years in the educational publishing industry, Sharon developed and directed the production of French, Spanish, Italian, German, social studies, science, and math textbook programs for secondary school and higher education. She is very happy to be at NEHGS applying her editorial and project management skills to Newbury Street Press publications and the Mayflower Descendant journal, and searching for her Croatian, Scottish, English, and Yankee ancestors in her spare time.

You can reach Sharon at sharon.inglis@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1206.

Scott C. Steward
Editor-in-Chief
Scott C. Steward

Scott C. Steward has been NEHGS’ Editor-in-Chief since 2013. He is an author -- The Sarsaparilla Kings: A Biography of Dr. James Cook Ayer and Frederick Ayer, with a record of their family (1993); The Le Roy Family in America 1753-2003 (2003, with Newbold Le Roy, 3rd); and The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (2011, with Christopher Challender Child) – and with John Bradley Arthaud, F.A.S.G., he edited A Thorndike Family History: Descendants of John and Elizabeth (Stratton) Thorndike (2000). His articles have appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEXUS, New England Ancestors, and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and he has written book reviews for the Register, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Scott is a graduate of Harvard College and the Radcliffe Publishing Program. He can be reached via email at scott.steward@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1208.

Amanda Owens
Assistant Publishing Director
Amanda Owens

Amanda served as lead editor on the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers in Salt Lake City. Prior to that, Amanda spent nearly four years as a project editor on math and science curriculum at Glynlyon, Inc., in Chandler, Arizona. She has an M.A. and a B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University, with emphases in linguistics, children’s literature, and early Romantic British Literature. She also reads nineteenth-century Pitman shorthand and helped transcribe and annotate a number of shorthand journals from the mid- to late 1800s.

You can reach Amanda at amanda.owens@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1210.

Henry Hoff, CG, FASG
Editor of the Register
Henry Hoff, CG, FASG

Originally from St. James, Long Island, New York, Henry joined the NEHGS staff in October 1996. He had previously spent two decades working as a Certified Public Accountant.

Henry graduated with a B.A. from Yale University; he received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists as well as a Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. He is also a Certified Genealogist. His genealogical interests include New York and the West Indies.

Henry is the author of more than 125 genealogical articles in numerous scholarly journals and is the co-author, compiler, or editor of seven books.

Correspondence concerning the Register should be addressed to: Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG Editor/The Register, 99-101 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116-3007 or register@nehgs.org.

Christopher C. Child
Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Editor, Mayflower Descendant
Christopher C. Child

Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. He has written several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant. He is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton (NEHGS, 2011), co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011) and Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus and Alice Nelson Pratt (Newbury Street Press, 2013), and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2014). Chris holds a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Areas of expertise: Southern New England, especially Connecticut; New York; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th Century research, westward migrations out of New England, and applying to hereditary societies. Chris has lectured on these topics and edits the genetics and genealogy column for American Ancestors.

Kyle Hurst
Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Kyle Hurst

Kyle holds a B.A. in both History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Upon moving to Boston, she earned her Master’s certificate in Museum Studies at Tufts University. For the culmination of this program, she completed a semester-long internship at the National Archives in Waltham, MA where she was curator of the exhibit World War I on the Homefront. This year, Kyle has been a weekly contributor to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Root for which she has answered inquiries about DNA and African-American research.

Areas of Expertise: Researching in the mid-Atlantic (particularly New York) and Midwest states, Rhode Island, England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Italy, and Latin America; Westward migration; Immigration to America; DNA; and the late seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Kyle also enjoys organizing data in genealogy software like Roots Magic and Reuion and creating family narratives and charts.

Lynn Betlock
Managing Editor, American Ancestors Magazine
Lynn Betlock

Lynn Betlock joined the NEHGS staff in October 1995. She previously held the positions of sales manager, director of marketing, and assistant executive director for content management at NEHGS. Lynn has been the editor of American Ancestors since 2003, and she has written numerous articles for the publication.

Lynn graduated with a B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her M.A. in American History from the University of Delaware. Before coming to NEHGS Lynn was employed at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.

You can email Lynn at lbetlock@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1284.

Jean Powers
Associate Editor
Jean Powers

Jean provides editing, writing, design, and illustration for a variety of development, educational, and outreach projects, and assists on American Ancestors magazine, The Weekly Genealogist newsletter, and the Great Migration Study Project, and our Facebook page.

You can email Jean at jpowers@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1214.

Eileen Curley Pironti
Newbury Street Press Researcher
Eileen Pironti

Eileen graduated with a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, and received an M.S. from American University. She wrote about her ancestors’ participation in the colonization of Nobles County, Minnesota in “‘An Invitation to the Land’: Reconstructing James and Eliza Conlon’s Migration to Minnesota,” which was published in the Summer 2011 issue of American Ancestors magazine. Eileen's areas of expertise include Irish, Scottish, and 19th century New England research.

You can email Eileen at eileen.pironti@nehgs.org.

Ellen Maxwell
Publications Coordinator
Ellen Maxwell

Ellen joined the NEHGS staff with over 20 years of publishing experience, working most of this time as a design and production manager. With experience in student and teacher books, early readers, textbooks and trade books, along with interests in typography, art history and photo manipulation, she is putting her talents to work for Newbury Street Press and other publications at NEHGS. You can email ellen at ellen.maxwell@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1207.

Carolyn Sheppard Oakley
Editor and Creative Director of American Ancestors Magazine
Carolyn Sheppard Oakley

In addition to designing American Ancestors magazine, Carolyn also designs products and marketing materials for NEHGS departments. Carolyn came to NEHGS in 1999, originally in the sales department, and began working on the magazine in 2000. She was previously employed as director of education and volunteers at the New Canaan (Connecticut) Historical Society. You can email Carolyn at coakley@nehgs.org.