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Research and Library Services

Danielle Cournoyer


Urban Development

Migration Patterns

Lineage Societies

Danielle Cournoyer earned a M.A. in history with a focus on public history from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a B.A. in history at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining American Ancestors/NEHGS in 2016, Danielle worked at several Boston area cultural institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Church of the Presidents in Quincy. She has also worked on behalf of The Arlington Historical Commission in drafting a proposal for the designation of a historic district.

Danielle has lectured on 20th century Massachusetts records and researching your urban ancestors. She has also contributed to The Mayflower Descendant, and the American Ancestors Magazine. As a Senior Researcher in the Research & Library Services Department, Danielle works primarily in assisting clients to successfully document and submit their Lineage Societies applications, most notably to 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, Society of the Cincinnati, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She lives in Boston’s Dorchester Neighborhood with her cat, Lady.

Areas of Expertise: urban development and preservation, transit and westward migration in the United States, the lineage society application process and Mayflower descendant research.