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    Penny Stratton
    Publishing Director

    Penny Stratton

    A veteran of the book publishing industry, Penny oversees all steps of book production, from manuscript through to final printing and distribution. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff, she edited and produced such notable books as Boston: All One Family (photographs by Bill Brett); Boston Rediscovered (photographs by Ulrike Welsch); A Short History of Boston by Robert Allison; Boston on Fire by Stephanie Schorow; and Witches, Rakes, and Rogues by D. Brenton Simons. At NEHGS, she has overseen the publication of, among many other titles, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales; Ancestors of American Presidents; The Descendants of Henry Sewall; The History of the Brigham Family; Early Families of Hull; and New Englanders in the 1600s.

    You can reach Penny by telephone at 617-226-1210 or by email at


    Scott C. Steward

    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 or by phone at 617-226-1208.


    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


    Christopher C. Child
    Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press

    Christopher C. Child

    Originally from Putnam, Connecticut, 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. Chris graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2003. He belongs to the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. 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) and co-compiler of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011).  

    Watch Chris Child on WBZ-TV and on New England Cable News

    Areas of expertise: the American and English descendants of Wolstone and Ellen (Empson) Childe of London; Southern New England, especially Connecticut; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th Century research, and westward migrations out of New England. Chris has lectured on genetics and genealogy and applying to hereditary societies.


    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 or contact her by phone at 617-226-1284.


    Jean Powers
    Associate Editor

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    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. You can email Jean at or contact her by phone at 617-226-1214.


    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

    Leslie A. Weston
    Publications Coordinator

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    Leslie came to NEHGS with more than 25 years experience in book publishing. Skilled in both editing and book production, she has coordinated the publication of, among other titles, The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts, and Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus Brown and Alice Nelson Pratt. You can email Leslie at

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