Library

New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Jean Maguire
Library Director
Jean Maguire
Jean Maguire is the Library Director at NEHGS, responsible for overseeing the Society’s library and special collections, including patron services; collection development, access, and preservation; and the Society’s volunteer program. Jean joined the NEHGS staff in 1999 after receiving her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. You can email Jean at jmaguire@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1229.
David Allen Lambert
Chief Genealogist
David Allen Lambert

David Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.

You can contact David at library@nehgs.org or 617-226-1222.

Areas of expertise: David’s genealogical expertise includes specialties in New England and Atlantic Canadian research, military records, and Native American and African American genealogical research.

Rhonda R. McClure
Senior Genealogist
Rhonda R. McClure

Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy; is compiler of more than 120 celebrity family trees; has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History.

Areas of expertise: Immigration and naturalization, Late 19th and early 20th Century urban research, Missionaries (primarily in association with the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions), State Department Federal Records, New England, Mid-West, Southern, German, Italian, Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, and New Brunswick research as well as Internet research, genealogical software (FTM, RootsMagic, TMG, Reunion), digital peripherals, and uses both Mac and Windows machines.

You can email Rhonda at library@nehgs.orgor contact her by phone at 617-226-1204.

Alice Kane
Library Patron Services and Consultations Manager
Alice Kane

Alice supervises our team of library genealogists, manages our consultations service, and works with staff to plan and enhance our services to patrons. She joined the NEHGS library staff in 2012 after a 19-year tenure as a librarian at the Boston Public Library. Alice’s genealogical specialties include Chinese-American genealogy, Massachusetts and New England genealogy, cluster research, database searching, maps, and migration. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University.

You can email Alice at library@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1271.

Tom Dreyer
Genealogist
Tom Dreyer

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.

You can email Tom at library@nehgs.org.

Jeanne Scaduto Belmonte

Jeanne assists NEHGS library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. Prior to joining the staff, she served as a volunteer in the library, contributed to an NEHGS book publication project and has authored several online study guides and a Portable Genealogist. Jeanne’s genealogical specialties include: Italy, Sicily, England, Scotland, Wales, New England, workhouses and social institutions of the poor, adoption. Other areas of interest include: Newfoundland, The Channel Islands, Medieval and WWII research.

You can email Jeanne at library@nehgs.org.

Kathleen Kaldis
Genealogist
Kathleen Kaldis

Kathleen is a member in the Daughters of the American Revolution, MDAR, and the Lexington DAR Chapter. She has served in many leadership positions within the Society at the national, state and chapter levels. During her tenure as Chapter Registrar in the Lexington Chapter, she volunteered her time actively researching lineages, gathering proof, and doing whatever it took to complete prospective member’s applications. Through her efforts and research contributions, the Lexington Chapter gained over a hundred members. She passed the DAR Genealogical Education Programs I, II, and III, and carries the title of NSDAR Volunteer Genealogist. She volunteers as a DAR Balcony Volunteer at the DAR Library every June for the DAR Continental Congress. In 2013 & 2016, she was MDAR’s Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist of the Year. She has conducted and participated in many genealogy workshops throughout the state for both prospective members of the DAR, and for the general public wishing to learn about their lineages.

In addition to the DAR, Kathleen is very active within the genealogy community. She serves on the board of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council as their Newsletter Director. She represented the MGC at the PBS Genealogy Roadshow in Boston, Providence, and Houston, TX. She is a member of the Harriman Family Association, and has served on their board as their Family Researcher and Reunion Coordinator. In 2010, as a part of the HFA’s Annual Reunion in Bath, she presented a genealogy program detailing the genealogical resources of coastal Maine. Kathleen is also the family historian for the MA branch of the McPherson Family, descendants of William and Ann Campbell (Cape Breton, NS). Kathleen successfully completed the Genealogical Research Program offered by Boston University’s Center for Professional Education in 2016.

Current Genealogical Society Memberships: NEHGS, DAR, MSOG, NEAPG, CCGS, MGS, HFA, DCCI.

You can email Kathy at library@nehgs.org.

Ann Lawthers
Genealogist
Ann Lawther

Ann assists NEHGS library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program. She has conducted genealogical projects as an independent researcher. Ann’s areas of interest are Massachusetts, Vermont, the Mid-Atlantic, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Canada, Ireland, and Germany.

You can email Ann at library@nehgs.org.

Library Special Collections

Timothy G. X. Salls
Manager of Manuscript Collections
Timothy G. X. Salls

NEHGS archivist Timothy Salls manages the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Manuscripts Department, which includes the Society's manuscript collections and archives. Timothy Salls is from Framingham, Massachusetts and joined the Society in 1995. Tim received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.S. Information and Library Science from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science with Archives concentration.

You can email Tim at tsalls@nehgs.org or contact him by phone at 617-226-1232.

Judith Lucey
Archivist
Judith Lucey

Judy Lucey joined the staff in 2003. She received a B.S. in Education from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Her genealogical interests include Irish genealogy, Newfoundland, 19th and 20th century genealogy, Beginning genealogy, Italian genealogy, and the history of Cambridge and Somerville, Mass. A native of the Boston area, she currently resides in Somerville, Mass.

Areas of expertise: Irish genealogy, Newfoundland, 19th and 20th century genealogy, Italian research, beginning genealogy.

You can email Judy at jlucey@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1223.

Sally Benny
Curator of Digital Collections
Sally Benny

Sally Benny joined the staff in 2010 and works in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department. She has an M.S. in library science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. She previously worked at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Her interests include digital preservation; digitization; and genealogical research in Nantucket, Virginia, North Carolina, Cornwall, Finland, and Sweden.

You can email Sally at sbenny@nehgs.org.

Library Collection Services

Anne Meringolo
Library Collection Services Manager
Anne Meringolo

Anne Meringolo is the Library’s Collection Services Manager for the acquisition, cataloging, and preservation of the library’s collection as well as the integrated library system and online catalog. Anne joined the staff in 2013 and was previously a librarian at Simmons College and the State Library of Massachusetts. You can email Anne at anne.meringolo@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1225.

Emily Baldoni
Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian
Emily Baldoni

Emily Baldoni is the Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian. She is responsible for creating, maintaining, and enriching metadata for NEHGS print and digital collections. Emily is originally from Normal, Illinois, and joined the NEHGS staff in 2013. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Prior to joining the staff at NEHGS, Emily worked for Harvard College Library and EBSCO Information Services. You can email Emily at emily.baldoni@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1286.

Olga Tugarina
Library Collection Services Assistant
Olga Tugarina

Olga Tugarina is the Library Collection Services Assistant. She oversees book donations for the library, prepares new books and periodical issues to be added to the collections, coordinates the binding and repair of books, and manages the Society's used book sales.

Olga is from Revere, Massachusetts, and joined the NEHGS staff in 1998. She received her B.A. in Metallurgical Engineering at Kharkov Politechnical Institute in Ukraine. You can email Olga at otugarina@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1228.

David Heilbrun
Library Assistant/Shelver
David Heilbrun

David shelves library materials and assists with projects in the Technical Services Department. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. You can email David at david.heilbrun@nehgs.org