Research and Library Services

American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Lindsay Fulton
Vice President for Research and Library Services
Lindsay Fulton

Lindsay Fulton joined the Society in 2012, first a member of the Research Services team, and then a Genealogist in the Library. She has been the Director of Research Services since 2016. In addition to helping constituents with their research, Lindsay has also authored a Portable Genealogists on the topics of Applying to Lineage Societies, the United States Federal Census, 1790-1840 and the United States Federal Census, 1850-1940. She is a frequent contributor to the NEHGS blog, Vita-Brevis, and has appeared as a guest on the Extreme Genes radio program. Before, NEHGS, Lindsay worked at the National Archives and Records Administration in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she designed and implemented an original curriculum program exploring the Chinese Exclusion Era for elementary school students. She holds a B.A. from Merrimack College and M.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Area of Expertise: New England and New York research, with a focus on lineage society applications. Some of which include: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, General Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, General Society of Colonial Wars, Descendants of Sheriffs & Constables of Colonial & Antebellum America, Society of the Cincinnati, Order of the Descendants of the Justiciars, The National Society of the Magna Carta Dames and Barons, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

You can reach Lindsay at lindsay.fulton@nehgs.org or 617-226-1242.

Raymond Addison
Researcher
Raymond Addison

Raymond earned his BA in History from Stonehill College. During his time there he worked as an archivist's aide. He took roles in digitizing record collections and in preserving and restoring 19th century business ledgers. Prior to working with NEHGS, he worked with the Cambridge Public Library as a circulation librarian. He began studying his own genealogy as a hobby and quickly started showing library users how they could explore the field for themselves. In addition to his genealogical interests, Raymond enjoys being active in his free time and is an avid tennis player.

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.

Hallie Borstel
Genealogist
Hallie Borstel

Hallie Borstel has a BA in history with minors in art history and German language, as well as an MA in historic preservation. She joined NEHGS in 2019 after several years of working in architectural restoration and preservation. Other previous work experience includes the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, the West Virginia Railroad Museum, and Bender Library at American University. Her research interests include Germany (and German-speaking regions), Norway, New York City, westward migration, immigration history, and 19th-century America. Hallie also assists patrons in assembling documentation for Italian citizenship applications.

Geneva Cann
Researcher
Geneva Cann
Geneva studied at Smith College and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, graduating with a BA in History and Museum Studies. Before joining the NEHGS team, she interned at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. She also interpreted at Historic St. Mary’s City, a living history museum in Maryland, as an indentured servant from 1667. Her research interests include New England, the American Revolutionary War, and biographical and historical writing. Geneva enjoys traveling, reading about the history of the American West, playing piano, and continuing her role as her family's archivist.
Maureen Carey
Researcher
Maureen Carey
A native of San Francisco, Maureen Carey has a B.A. in European History from Regis University and a M.A. in American History from the University of Colorado. She is very passionate about genealogy and has enjoyed tracing her own ancestry to colonial America. Her many research interests include America, Ireland, and Italy. In her free time, Maureen loves to read, travel, and spend time with her family, friends, and pets.
Danielle Cournoyer

Danielle studied history at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and earned a MA in history from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Before NEHGS she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Church of the Presidents in Quincy where she led guided tours of the historic church and the Adams crypt. She has also worked with the Arlington Historical Commission researching and drafting a proposal for the designation of a historic district for the town. Danielle’s interests include the history of urban development, transit, and westward migration in the United States. She lives in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Sarah Dery
Manager of Research and Library Services
Sarah Dery

Sarah, who lives in Plymouth, is a graduate from Rhode Island College in Providence. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and English. Sarah participated in a week-long archaeology dig at James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia, along with visiting many Civil War battlefields on her childhood family vacations. She continues her love of history as the Research Services Coordinator at NEHGS. Sarah performs administrative work for the Research Services team; by supporting the researchers in ordering microfilm, managing correspondence with constituents, and organizing research materials. Sarah grew up in North Attleboro, MA and today, she enjoys reading, visiting the beautiful Rhode Island beaches, and spending time with her family.

You can reach Sarah at sarah.dery@nehgs.org or by calling 617-226-1233.

Curt DiCamillo
Curator of Special Collections
Curt DiCamillo
Curt DiCamillo, internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, joined NEHGS in February 2016 as our first Curator of Special Collections.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Curt has led highly successful heritage tours for us to England and Scotland, lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curt was previously Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, where he successfully raised more than $7 million and initiated many innovative programs.

As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Curt provides strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting our extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts.

Curt can be reached at curt.dicamillo@nehgs.org or 617-226-1298

Sheilagh Doerfler
Senior Researcher
Sheilagh Doerfler

Sheilagh received her B.A. in History and Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include New England, Ireland, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Norway, and Sweden.

You can reach Sheilagh at sheilagh.doerfler@nehgs.org.

Katrina Fahy
Senior Researcher
Katrina Fahy

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.

You can reach Katrina at katrina.fahy@nehgs.org

Zachary Garceau
Researcher
Zachary Garceau

Zachary Garceau 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.

James Heffernan
Senior Researcher
James Heffernan

James earned his BA in history at Boston College. Before joining the NEHGS team, he worked in the conservation department of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College and the research library at Plimoth Plantation. Propelled by his interests in genealogy and history, James spent a semester abroad at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In addition to Slavic history, he is very interested in the history of Colonial America and 19th century Massachusetts.

You can reach James at james.heffernan@nehgs.org.

Helen Herzer
Volunteer Coordinator
Helen Herzer
Helen Herzer is the NEHGS Volunteer Coordinator. She oversees NEHGS volunteers providing assistance to the staff on various projects. She is at 101 Newbury Street three days a week, usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Born in Danbury, Connecticut and raised on the north shore of Long Island, Helen was drawn to the Boston area to attend Harvard College. A long-time member who continues to research her own family lines emanating from upstate New York, she makes frequent pilgrimages to the Albany area in search of records. You can email Helen at hherzer@nehgs.org or contact her by phone at 617-226-1276.
Pam Guye Holland

Pam has been researching family roots found in Ireland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Germany for twenty years. She is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program, lectures nationally, and is co-president of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Her research specialties are Irish and Genetic Genealogy. She also has expertise in New England, New York (both city and state) and German research.

Chloe Jones
Researcher
Chloe Jones

Chloe earned her B.A. in History at Connecticut College, and holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College. Previously, Chloe has worked with the archive departments of Mount Auburn Cemetery, Natick Historical Society and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Chloe's research interests include colonial New England, Native American studies, and working with archival collections.

Andrew Krea
Researcher
Andrew Krea

Andrew Krea joined NEHGS in 2013 as a member of the Research Services team. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and his M.S. from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA, focusing in Archival Management. He completed graduate Internships at the Framingham State University Archives as well as the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. His research interests include New England research, historic biographical writing, and sports history. Andrew enjoys working on biographic narratives set up in the Ahnentafel style, as well as creating family charts.

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.

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 New England and New York, the Mid-Atlantic, Ireland, Eastern Canada, and migration patterns.

You can email Ann at library@nehgs.org.

Judith Lucey
Senior 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.

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.

Melanie McComb
Genealogist
Melanie McComb

Melanie assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She also provides lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Melanie holds a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her areas of research interest include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Ireland, and she is experienced in DNA, genealogical technology and social media, Jewish genealogy, and military records.

You can email Melanie at library@nehgs.org.

Michelle Norris
Researcher
Michelle Norris

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in History from Salem State University where she specialized in women in colonial New England. She completed her Bachelor’s degree with concentrations in history and gender studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Michelle has a background in public history and has worked with the National Archives and Records Administration in Waltham, Massachusetts, Beverly Historical Society, and the Sargent House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her research specialties include colonial New England, New York State, and lineage society applications.

Todd Pattison
Conservator
Todd Pattison

Todd Pattison, Conservator, works to preserve and care for the Society’s collection of books, manuscripts and fine art. Todd comes to NEHGS with more than 25 years of experience from the Northeast Document Conservation Center, and has also worked as Collections Conservator at the Harvard College Library. Todd is an active member of the New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), and for the past five years has taught the course “American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800-1900” for Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Nazareth College and an M.L.S. from the University of Alabama. His research interests include the lives and business careers of nineteenth century American bookbinders.

You can email Todd at todd.pattison@nehgs.org.

Elizabeth Peay
Researcher
Elizabeth Peay

Elizabeth studied at the University of Connecticut and Smith College, earning a dual B.A. in History and Classical Studies. Before joining the NEHGS team she worked as a Lead Guide at Roseland Cottage for Historic New England and completed an internship with the Tiffany Windows Education Center. Growing up in historic Lebanon, CT inspired Elizabeth’s research interests in Revolutionary War, Native American, and Colonial New England genealogy.

Jen Shakshober
Researcher
Jen Shakshober

Jen earned a dual BA in English and Economics from Westfield State University, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College, and a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is currently pursuing an MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons University. Her past research has involved nineteenth and twentieth-century Vermont records from local and state-level repositories. Most recently she wrote two articles about the murder of labor organizer Joseph Shoemaker for The Walloomsack Review, a biannual publication of the Bennington (VT) Museum, and she is always interested in crafting narrative genealogical reports.