Research Services

American Ancestors / 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 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


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.


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. 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 received a Bachelor’s in History from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and a Master’s degree in History in from the University of Massachusetts - Boston. She has worked previously at various Boston cultural institutions including The Church of the President in Quincy, as an Interpretation and Programming Fellow, and at the Arlington Historical Commission, as a Historic District Research Aid. Her research interests include urban history and development in the United States and westward migration. She currently works primarily on documenting and confirming applicant ancestral lines to garner submission into lineage societies.


Susan Donnelly
Researcher
Susan Donnelly

Susan is an antique specialist and photographer who received her BA in English Literature from Simmons College and holds a certificate in Professional Genealogy from Boston University. She enjoys researching Colonial Massachusetts, writing about the Gilded Age in America, and visiting old cemeteries.


Alessandro Ferzoco

Alessandro graduated from Harvard University with A.B. in History. While a student, he worked at Widener Library assisting patrons with research and training new employees. He is a lifelong resident of Boston, and enjoys local and social history. His is particularly interested in New England, Irish, and Italian ancestries. In 2017 he traveled to Italy to conduct research, and he has traced his patrilineal family to the early 1600s. He enjoys deciphering manuscripts and Latin parish records.


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.


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

Pam has researched family history for over 15 years and is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research program. She serves on the board of the New England chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). She lectures nationally and regularly attends the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Her specialties are Irish and Genetic Genealogy, as well as research in New England, New York (both city and state), Germany, and Social History.



Chloe Jones
Researcher
Chloe Jones

Chloe earned her B.A. in History at Connecticut College, with a concentration in Native American Studies. Currently, she is working towards her M.S. in Archives Management at Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Previously, Chloe has worked with the archive departments of Mount Auburn Cemetery and Boston University School of Law, and has completed internships with the 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.



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.



Laura Mills
Researcher
Laura Mills

Laura Mills has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Albion College in Michigan and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Archival Administration. She is passionate about family history, both her own and others. Laura has previously worked as an Archivist for the State Archives of Michigan, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the Rotary International. Most recently, she serves as the University Archivist for Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois where she created an archival program for the university; acquired, accessioned, processed, and provided reference to the university’s materials.

Jennica Bayne
Researcher
Jennica Bayne

Jennica Bayne joins our team with an arts and graphic design background, graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She became an NEGHS member in 2018 and assisted with volunteer preservation efforts and digitization of microfilms, until she joined the Research Services team as a full-time member in 2019. In addition to Colonial New England and Eastern Canadian settlers, her personal research interests include early Quaker settlers of Virginia and North Carolina, their connections to the Underground Railroad, and their interactions with the Cherokee Nation, specifically the Eastern Band Cherokee. Jennica has a passion for data analysis and inheritance patterns, and she is proficient with a wide variety of genetic assessment tools and visual mapping techniques.

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.