About

A native Rhode Islander, I am now a Bostonian after living here for more than 25 years. I have authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines as well as scholarly journals. I am also  a presenter at genealogy conferences and seminars around the world, from large national conferences to small local seminars. I am a well-known expert in the field of genealogy, and have appeared in the Boston Globe,  Huffington Post, New York Times, Time magazine, and on television shows such as WCVB’s Chronicle.

Some of the media that has featured my professional expertise.

Some of the media that has featured my professional expertise.

From 1995 through 2011 I served in various positions at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In 2012 I joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist, leaving in the summer of 2015.

At Mocavo I worked with the development team to implement features of use to genealogists. I also wrote about genealogical research and methodology for the Mocavo blog and made presentations around the world about how to use the website. I also hosted the popular online Mocavo Fireside Chat series, interviewing leading genealogists about research and methodology as well as answering questions from Mocavo subscribers.

Profile BoxDuring my tenure at NEHGS, I served in a variety of capacities from research services to the library to publications. I was responsible for the launch of two websites, bringing searchable databases from the Society’s collections to its members for the first time. I edited a number of books, including Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, with Henry Hoff, and the fifth edition of the Society’s seminal guidebook Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research. I was a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine, and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
I hold credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.® I have served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. I am a member of numerous genealogical and historical organizations also.

My genealogical expertise runs to a variety of locations. New England, Quebec, Nova Scotia, England, and France are my primary areas. I have also done some research (although not as extensively) in the records of Italy, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Ireland.