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Mailing Address
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007

Toll Free: 1-888-296-3447
Local: 617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307

Group photo from staff outing at Crane Estate, Ipswich

Executive Office

D. Brenton Simons OBE

President and CEO

Author of the award-winning Witches, Rakes, and Rogues, and other books, Brenton Simons has served as President and CEO of American Ancestors - New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation’s flagship genealogical institution, since 2005.

Ryan J. Woods

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
An educator and historian, Ryan Woods is Executive Vice President & COO of American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society. Since 2006, he has led the development of award-winning experiences for exploring family history, heritage, & culture.

Robyn Sears

Philanthropy Relations Manager
Robyn is an award-winning Customer Success professional with a diverse background spanning multiple industries.