Research Services

New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Lindsay Fulton
Director of Research 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.

Sarah Dery
Research Services Coordinator
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.

Sheilagh Doerfler
Senior Researcher
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.

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.



Andrew Krea
Senior Researcher
Andrew Krea
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.

You can reach Andrew at andrew.krea@nehgs.org.



Meaghan E.H. Siekman
Senior Researcher
Meaghan E.H. 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.

You can reach Meaghan at meaghan.siekman@nehgs.org.

Jason Amos
Researcher
Christopher Carter Lee

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
Researcher
Nancy Bernard

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.



Danielle Cournoyer

Prior to NEHGS, Danielle worked as an Interpretation and Programming Fellow for The Church of the Presidents where she lead guided tours of the historic church and the Adams crypt. Additionally, Danielle has worked as a Historic District Research Aid for the Arlington Historical Commission. She most recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a Masters of Arts in History in May 2016. Her interest include urban development and history focusing on Boston and New York.



Michelle Doherty

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, MA, Beverly Historical Society and the Sargent House in Gloucester Massachusetts. Her research interests include, women’s history, society and culture, early America and the American Revolution.



Catherine Gaggioli

Catherine comes to us from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, where she scanned archival materials as a part of a large scale digitization project.

Prior to this position, she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and a Master's of Library and Information Science in Archives Management and a Master's of Arts in History from Simmons College.



Zachary Garceau
Researcher
Zachary Garceau

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.



Pam Guye Holland
Researcher (Part-Time)
Pam Guye Holland

Pam is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research program and has researched family history for over 14 years. She has attended numerous genealogical institutes, including Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She also has a B.A. from the College of Wooster and a M.S. from Northeastern University. Her areas of interest include New England, New York (both city and state), Ireland, Germany, Social History, and DNA.



Julie Wilmot
Researcher
Julie Wilmot

Julie, a native of Errol, New Hampshire, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Native American Studies from the University of Maine, Orono, and a Master of Arts degree in History and Culture from Union Institute and University. She has worked at the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History in Orono, Maine, and was a presenter at the New England Historical Association Spring 2014 Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her research interests include French-Canadian migration to Northern New England, and international cases.

Kathleen Kaldis
Researcher
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.

James Heffernan
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.

James can be reached at james.heffernan@nehgs.org or 617-226-1220.