Expert Research Services Staff

Lindsay Fulton

Vice President for Research and Library Services

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

Manager of Research and Library Services

Sarah, who lives in Concord, 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 & Library Services Manager at NEHGS. Sarah performs managerial work for the Research & Library Services team; by supporting the researchers and genealogists, managing correspondence with constituents, organizing research information, and applying her genealogical knowledge in assisting our clients. Sarah grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and today, she enjoys reading, visiting family in Rhode Island, and sharing her family history.

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

David Allen Lambert

Chief Genealogist

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, 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, MA, 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.

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, 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.

Raymond Addison

Researcher

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.

Hallie Borstel

Genealogist

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 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

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.

Rebecca Carpenter

Researcher

Rebecca earned her BA in History from Fitchburg State University and her MA in History from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining the NEHGS, she worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Dedham Historical Society & Library. She found a love for genealogical research and is working towards growing her expertise in the field. In her off time she enjoys trying out new breweries, reading history books, and exploring.

Lesley Chidester

Researcher

Lesley received a BS from Brigham Young University-Idaho, Interdisciplinary Studies: Family History Research. In addition to courses specific to genealogy, she also completed courses in paleography, research methodology, genealogical writing, and professional research. Additionally, in 2015, she volunteered for eighteen months in Bangkok, Thailand as a volunteer representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here she initiated local welfare efforts, worked with other volunteers to collaborate on local service projects, and taught weekly English language classes for up to 20 students, providing English translation.

Danielle Cournoyer

Researcher

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.

Sheilagh Doerfler

Genealogist

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.

Katrina Fahy

Genealogist

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.

Zachary Garceau

Researcher

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

Genealogist

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.

Pam Guye Holland

Researcher

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 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 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.

Ann Lawthers

Genealogist

Ann assists visitors to the American Ancestors Research Center, both in the building and online, with their family history research. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Public Health, with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Health Policy. With a long-term interest in history and family research, Ann lectures frequently on behalf of American Ancestors. Areas of particular interest include New England and New York, the Mid-Atlantic states, the southern colonies, Ireland, and migration patterns.

Melanie McComb

Genealogist

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.

Angela Napolitano

Researcher

Angela earned her BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University in New York. In her early career, Angela worked as a software engineer and, then her passion moved to genealogy. She is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. Over the past few years, she has been volunteering at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and assisting with the Catholic Records Project. She has frequently traveled to Italy to research her and her husband’s ancestors in the Campania and L’Aquila regions. Her research interests include America, Ireland, Italy, and DNA. Along with raising her three children, enjoys family, traveling, and outdoor sports. Angela currently lives in Concord, Massachusetts and contributes to genealogy study groups across the country.

Michelle Norris

Researcher

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.

Elizabeth Peay

Researcher

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

Angela earned her BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University in New York. In her early career, Angela worked as a software engineer and, then her passion moved to genealogy. She is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. Over the past few years, she has been volunteering at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and assisting with the Catholic Records Project. She has frequently traveled to Italy to research her and her husband’s ancestors in the Campania and L’Aquila regions. Her research interests include America, Ireland, Italy, and DNA. Along with raising her three children, enjoys family, traveling, and outdoor sports. Angela currently lives in Concord, Massachusetts and contributes to genealogy study groups across the country.