Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls: Strategies for Success

$ 125.00

Sunday, April 30, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Breakfast and lunch included

Research your ancestry long enough and you’re bound to hit a brick wall—the paper trail vanishes, the family seemingly disappears, and you’re unable to go back to earlier generations. Whether you are struggling to find an immigrant’s exact origins, uncover a maiden name, determine parentage, or discover where a family moved to, cluster research can help. The Research Services team at New England Historic Genealogical Society is routinely contracted to solve such genealogical mysteries. In this full-day seminar, our experts will teach you valuable organizational tips and practical strategies to circumnavigate common genealogical brick walls and enrich your understanding of an ancestor’s life.


9:30 a.m. Check in and refreshments
10:00 a.m. Taking Action: How to Create a Research Plan, Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services
11:00 a.m. Family Ties: Using Extended Family to Circumnavigate a Brick Wall, Katrina Fahy, Senior Researcher
12:00 p.m. Lunch (included)
1:00 p.m. Broadening Your Scope: Employing Ancestral Associates in Your Research, Andrew Krea, Senior Researcher
2:00 p.m. Knowing the Neighbors: How Neighbors Can Help Solve Genealogical Mysteries, Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions, Lindsay Fulton
4:30 p.m. Conclude

About our Speakers

Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher, received her B.A. in History and Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She assists clients with a variety of research projects, especially those pertaining to New England, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Westward Migration, and adoptions.

Katrina Fahy, Senior Researcher, 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, Ireland, the American Revolution, and lineage society research.

Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services, joined the New England Historic Genealogical Society staff in 2012, first as a member of the Research Services team and then as 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 number of Portable Genealogists including, “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. Her areas of expertise include, New England and New York research with a focus on lineage society applications.

Andrew Krea, Senior Researcher, Andrew Krea received his B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and his M.S. from Simmons College in Boston, MA. He completed Internships at the Framingham State University Archives as well as the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. His research interests include Maine and Massachusetts history as well as New England Civil War genealogies.