Expert Research Services Staff

Lindsay Fulton

Director of Research 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 or 617-226-1242.

Sarah Dery

Research Services Manager

Sarah is a graduate from Rhode Island College in Providence. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and English. Sarah participated in an 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 Manager at NEHGS. Sarah performs administrative work for the Research Services team - by supporting the researchers, managing correspondence with constituents, and organizing client research materials. She is the main point of contact for the Team and works alongside the Director of Research Services. Sarah grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and now lives in Plymouth. She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family.

You can reach Sarah at or by calling 617-226-1233.

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.

Hallie Borstel

Hallie Borstel has a BA in history with minors in art history and German language from American University, as well as an MA in historic preservation from Tulane University. She joined NEHGS after several years working in architectural restoration and preservation. She has also worked at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, the West Virginia Railroad Museum, and Bender Library at American University. Her research interests include Germany, New York City, immigration history, and 19th-century America.

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

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.

Sheilagh Doerfler

Senior Researcher

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

Katrina Fahy

Senior Researcher

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

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 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.

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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

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

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

Elizabeth is also well-equipped to handle our genealogical workload, as she just completed a research internship with the Tiffany Windows Education Center at the Arlington Street Church. Here she conducted archival and online research of the church’s historic windows, with a focus on the genealogy of their donors and the individuals memorialized in the colored glass. Previously, Elizabeth served as the lead guide for Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut. She has a BA from Smith College, where she double majored in History and Classical Studies. And not to be outdone, Elizabeth can speak/read French and had experience translating ancient Greek and Latin.

Jennifer 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.