American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff
Associate Director, Database Search and Systems
Don joined NEHGS Web team in 2016 to help manage the applications and processes that support NEHGS’s online database collections. He first got involved with genealogy while in college and spent many a day in the NEHGS library tracing his ancestors through New England and New York. Don also did volunteer indexing work for the library before joining the staff. Don has 30 years of experience in the software industry working in and leading engineering and product management teams focused on IT Management products. Don has a B.A. and MBA from Boston University.
Andy is originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Having studied guitar and musicology in Boston and Iowa, he has presented research on video game music and minimalist music. Andy joined the NEHGS staff in 2012.
You can email Andy at email@example.com.
Molly works on our database collections, maintaining the accuracy of current databases and managing teams of volunteers to transcribe and add new collections. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Molly studied English and French at Colby College in Maine and has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She enjoys many outdoor pursuits such as whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing and has a few indoor hobbies like reading, knitting and creating a genealogy website for her grandmother’s family.
Web Content Specialist
Abbey is responsible for managing and updating existing website content, creating new content, and assisting in digital communications and strategy. She first came to NEHGS as an intern in 2015, and wrote two featured articles for the site before joining the staff full time. She has experience in social media marketing, holds a B.A. in English from Brandeis University, and is currently earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Abbey grew up learning about family history and genealogy from her father. She now lives in Providence, RI, just down the road from her family’s South Shore roots.
Database Services Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel coordinates the web teams volunteers in scanning and indexing material that goes on the database. She started out as an intern at NEHGS in 2018, before joining the staff full time. She grew up in Connecticut and has a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in printmaking and museum education.
Digital Collections Administrator
Sam was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and worked as a Human Factors researcher in automotive safety for 13 years. He entered the field of commercial software development in 1983 and acted as software developer and development manager at Wang Laboratories and The Foxboro Company. Sam joined the NEHGS staff in 2005.
Sam's interest in genealogy began shortly after moving to Massachusetts, when he and his family chanced upon the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, during a vacation on Cape Cod. There he discovered that he is a descendent of the Sturgis family that settled on Cape Cod in the 1630's.
Sam and his wife Gail live in Medway, Massachusetts. They have two grown children: Katie, a Registered Nurse in Wrentham, and David, a software developer in Somerville.
You can email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilities Coordinator and Digitization Assistant
On staff for 21years, John coordinates the Society's shipping and receiving activities and assists in the digitization of materials for the website.
A member of the American Ancestors / NEHGS staff for more than 25 years, John coordinates our shipping and receiving activities, facility set-ups, and assists in the digitization of historic records for the AmericanAncestors.org.
You can email John at email@example.com or contact him by phone at 617-226-1268.
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