2018 Seminar Speaker Bios


John Hannigan


Karen Mauer Jones

Since 2011 Karen Mauer Jones brought her expertise and vision to NYG&B’s The Record, one of America’s oldest—and most respected—scholarly genealogical journals.   An editor, author, speaker, and professional genealogist, she has a long and distinguished career. The author of numerous books and articles, including those published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and The Record, she is widely respected in the genealogical field and has been a Board-certified genealogist since 2011 from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). A noted New York scholar, she was elected as a Fellow of the NYG&B in 2013 and served on the editorial team for the NYG&B’s award-winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. She is also a member of the NYG&B’s Family History Advisory Committee. A past board member and regional vice president for the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), she also served as a board member and vice president of administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Under her careful stewardship The Record has published hundreds of pages reflecting the diverse stories from families across the state of New York.

Thomas Jones

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Tom has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, who works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates courses at the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the British Institute and has taught in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program. With over forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about genealogical methodology. His interests include “blocked” lineages and genealogical problem solving. His publications Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2013) and Mastering Genealogical Documentation (Arlington, VA:  National Genealogical Society, 2017) have become “textbooks” for aspiring professional genealogists.

Kathleen Kaldis


David Allen Lambert

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, The 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, Mass., 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.


Jean Maguire

Jean Maguire is the Library Director at NEHGS, responsible for overseeing the Society’s library and special collections, including patron services; collection development, access, and preservation; and the Society’s volunteer program. Jean joined the NEHGS staff in 1999 after receiving her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She has served as a past President of Digital Commonwealth.



Barbara Jean Mathews



Clifford A. McCarthy

Cliff McCarthy is the Archivist at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and at the Stone House Museum in Belchertown. A local historian and avid genealogist, he has written or co-written three books on Belchertown’s history. He is also the President of the Pioneer Valley History Network, a consortium of the region’s historical institutions — museums, libraries, and historical societies — that fosters an awareness of, and appreciation for, local history

Teresa Scott


Kimberly Toney

Kimberly Toney is head of readers’ services at the American Antiquarian Society. In addition to supervising the readers’ services and reception staff, she works closely with readers and fellows, answering reference questions and making sure their research time in the reading room is well spent. She also organizes class visits to the Society and supervises the Society’s undergraduate seminar which runs every Fall. Kim has worked previously at the Center for Historic Architecture and Design at the University of Delaware and at the Newport Historical Society. She holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. from the University of Delaware. Kim’s own research interests include Indigenous history and Native language studies.

Jennifer Armstrong Zinck

Jennifer Zinck is a Professional Genealogist with more than a decade of research experience.  Jennifer is a researcher, writer, and speaker who specializes in Connecticut resources and Genetic Genealogy.  She frequently speaks and presents workshops at libraries and senior centers on topics including beginner and intermediate genealogy, online resources, genetic genealogy, and technology for genealogy.


Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management in 2009.  She is a 2012 graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Certificate Program.  Jennifer has also completed ProGen 13, a professional study group for genealogists.  She attends conferences and participates in professional groups to remain current in her field. She is currently a student in the first Practicum in Genealogical Research at Excelsior College.

Jennifer serves as the President of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and as a member of the Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee.  She is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.