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  • Suzanne M. Stewart
    Director of Research Services

    Suzanne M. Stewart
    Suzanne’s passion for genealogy began in the early 1990s. After sharing her enthusiasm with her brother, they started up a web based company which became a leader in providing genealogical research services. Suzanne's 20 years of genealogy experience includes discovering ancestors back to the seventeenth century as well as forward to living missing heirs and beneficiaries. Her areas of speciality are New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Mid-Ohio Valley, English, and Italian. Suzanne enjoys sharing her interests and knowledge with our clients to help them discover their ancestors and become aware of their family story in the historical perspective of their time. She can be reached at
    Laura Brown
    Research Services Assistant

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    Laura earned a B.A. in History from Boston University, where she focused her studies on 20th century American cultural and military history.Originally from Stockton, New Jersey, Laura completed internships with Historic Newton and Antiques Roadshow before joining the NEHGS staff.

    Laura performs administrative work for Research Services, supporting the researchers in ordering microfilm, sending out email updates to clients, and organizing paper work sent in by clients.

    Jason Amos

    Jason Amos

    Jason received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his Master of Science from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, focusing in archival management. He also received a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Jason began at NEHGS as a volunteer and then as an intern with the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections before moving into Research Services. Jason enjoys writing narrative reports and searching for every piece of information relating to an ancestor that helps reveal what their life was like.

    Area of Expertise: Researching in New England (particularly Connecticut and Massachusetts) and Italy; probate records; land records; and locating and using manuscript collections. Jason enjoys researching and writing narrative biographies on ancestors and creating charts.

    Nancy Bernard

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    Nancy holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program. She has a master’s degree in history and media study from SUNY University of Buffalo, where she focused on American cultural history and writing and producing documentary videos. She also has a B.A. from Hamilton College. She has interned at the American Jewish Historical Society, now at NEHGS, as well as the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. Her areas of interest include New England and New York history and researching house histories and the families who lived in those homes.

    Kristin Britanik

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    Kristin received her Master’s of Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland in College Park. Her areas of interest include researching French-Canadian research, New England and the mid-Atlantic, as well as historic homes and properties. Before graduate school, Kristin received her B.S. in Graphic Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology and she worked in the printing industry for several years.
    Sheilagh Doerfler

    Sheilagh Doerfler
    Sheilagh, a native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, received her B.A. in History and Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include New England, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Westward Migration, and adoptions.                  
    Tom Dreyer

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    Tom has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University. He has been a genealogical researcher for the past thirty years. His areas of interest are New England, Nebraska, Missouri and Germany.
    Katrina Fahy

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    Katrina, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts, earned a B.A. in History and Art History from St. Anselm College. Previously, she interned at the New Hampshire Historical Society, constructing biographies of New Hampshire quilt makers as well as transcribing a mid-nineteenth century New Hampshire diary and creating an educational program based on its contents. Katrina's research areas include New England and South East regions, the American Revolution, and lineage society research.

    Zachary Garceau

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    Zack Garceau is a Researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He joined the research staff after receiving a Masters Degree in Historical Studies with a concentration in Public History from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a BA in history from the University of Rhode Island. He specializes in French-Canadian and Rhode Island Genealogy as well as Sports History. Zack enjoys working on lineage society research.

    Andrew Krea

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    Andrew Krea received his B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and his M.S. from Simmons College in Boston, MA. He completed Internships at the Framingham State University Archives as well as the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. His research interests include Maine and Massachusetts history as well as New England Civil War genealogies. Andrew enjoys working on biographic narratives set up in the Ahnentafel style. Andrew also enjoys creating family charts.


    Eileen Pironti

    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.
    Meaghan E.H. Siekman

    Meaghan Siekman

    Meaghan holds a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University where her focus was public history and American Indian history. She earned her B.A. in history from Union College in Schenectady, New York, the city where she grew up. Prior to joining the NEHGS team, Meaghan worked as the Curator of the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, as an archivist at the Heard Museum Library in Phoenix, Arizona, and wrote a number of National Register Nominations and Cultural Landscape Inventories for the National Park Service. Meaghan is passionate about connecting people with the past in meaningful and lasting ways. She enjoys finding interesting anecdotes about an ancestor to help bring the past to life.

    Areas of Interest: colonial New England,New York. and German genealogy, immigration to America, American Indian history and lineage, African-American research, westward migration and settlement, and tracing maternal lines.

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