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APG New York Metro Chapter


The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG-NY) was formed in 1990 to promote the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the genealogical field at the regional level. Our members are located in the metropolitan New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area.

The New York Metro Chapter of APG meets during the fourth week of each month. Meetings are held in locations throughout the region, including at local repositories for presentations and tours. Meeting topics have included print-on-demand publishing, newly-published genealogical publications, online resources, website-building for clients, local repositories, and local and national genealogical conferences.

In October, the chapter hosts and coordinates the Ancestors Road Show as part of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York’s annual Family History Fair.

Would you like more information about APG's New York Metro Chapter? Would you like to attend a monthly meeting? Contact our New Member Outreach Coordinator:
Terry Koch-Bostic

The professional genealogists listed in this directory are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the New York Metro Chapter of APG. All accept new clients. All charge fees for their services. All adhere to the APG Code of Ethics.

Nearly all of our members conduct research in local repositories such as City and County Clerk's offices, Civil, Supreme, Superior, and Surrogate's courts, historical societies, the Municipal Archives, State Archives, National Archives, New York City Department of Health - Bureau of Vital Statistics, New York Public Library, and the Center for Jewish History. Some members have ethnic specialties. Others have geographic specialties outside of the New York City area. Many are active in teaching, lecturing, publishing, and volunteerism.

Each genealogist listed supplied the information regarding his/her specialties and services. If you are interested in the services of a genealogist, please contact him/her directly. Briefly describe your research needs in an e-mail or letter (e-mail is preferred). If you send a letter, enclose a business-size (#10) SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). The professional genealogist will respond with information about his/her services and fees. Neither APG nor the New York Metro Chapter of APG assumes responsibility for research work contracted through this listing.


Professional Credentials:
CG: Certified Genealogist
CGL: Certified Genealogical Lecturer
FASG: Fellow, American Society of Genealogists

Academic Degrees:
J.D.: Doctor of Jurisprudence
M.A.: Master of Arts
M.L.I.S./M.L.S.: Master of Library and Information Science
Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy

Honorary Awards:
FGBS: Fellow, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
FUGA: Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association

Upcoming meetings:

Tom Ankner
109 Hamilton St., Unit 109
Newark, NJ 07105
tel. 973-752-6533
Specialties: Family history research in northern New Jersey and New York City.
Services: Archives, library, cemetery, courthouse, and online research; consultations. Reference librarian, the New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library. Master of Library Science degree, BA in history..

Jordan Auslander
321 W. 24th Street, Suite 21J
New York, NY 10011-1502
tel. 212-691-9428
Office Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Specialties: Metropolitan New York City, Triple I (Jewish, Italian, Irish), all USA, Eastern Europe.
Services: Family and heir research, record and title searches, consultation, beginner and advanced orientations, probate due diligence and expert witness services.

Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik
40 Morningside Circle
Little Falls, NJ 07424
tel. 973-785-1842, fax: 973-785-3565
Specialties: Northern New Jersey, Carpatho-Rusyn research.
Services: New Jersey family research, probate, legal and missing heirs, New York City National Archives research. B.A.; Paralegal Certificate.

Terry Koch Bostic
32 Violet Avenue
Mineola, New York 11501
Mobile/text: 516-319-1659
Specialties: New York City and Long Island; New York State; Irish American and German American; religious records especially Catholic; United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) record collection/Civil War pension files at the NYPL.
Services: Family research, consultations and problem solving for all levels of researchers; document retrieval and searches in archives and courts. Lectures on varied topics: surnames; online newspapers, origins in Ireland, USSC, etc.

Debra Braverman
445 East 86 Street, Suite 11-H
New York, NY 10028
tel. 212-996-7437, fax: 212-996-8913
Specialties: Due diligence for probate and intestacy, New York City research.
Services: Family research, heir searches and proving kinship, consultations, lecturing.

Judith Langer-Surnamer Caplan
Up, Roots! Genealogy Research Services
27 West Penn Street
Long Beach, NY 11561-4031
tel. 516-889-7163, 515-431-8943
Specialties: New York City and Long Island genealogy, Jewish genealogy, and Hebrew tombstones as well as online, library, and courthouse searches.
Services: Archival research (censuses, vital records, probate, newspapers, naturalization, passenger lists), cemetery visits (Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, and Suffolk counties), gravestone photography, editing, teaching, speaking, probate, and due diligence.

Robert E. Caruso
Heritage Preservation Associates
PO Box 125
Verona, NJ 07044
tel. 973-453-8175, fax: 973-755-0252
Specialties: Researching families from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut with origins in Italy, Ireland, Germany, and Denmark. Immigration, military, and cemetery searches.
Services: New York City 19th- and 20th-century research and repository searches. Northern New Jersey and New Jersey State Archives research. Scrapbooking of family photos, heirlooms, and documents; consultations; lecturing.

Michelle L. Chubenko
149 Tyler Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008-1725
tel. 732-969-2652
Specialties: Central and northern NJ; Alexander Library, Rutgers University; NJ State Archives. Twenty-years of research experience in 18th-20th century New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic.
Services: Record searches in New Jersey archives, libraries, courthouses, cemeteries; consultations; lecturing.

Elizabeth A. Cohan
40 Clinton Street-PH-G
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel. 718-797-2656
Specialties: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan (New York County), Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange Counties, 17th-20th century.
Services: Family history, genealogical record searches (vital records, census, probate and land records), consultations to solve genealogical search problems; expertise in library, archival, legal and information resources of NYC; writing and editorial services; analysis and interpretation of complex familial and historical relationships.

Nancy Coleman
37 Essex Court
Port Washington NY 11050-4222
tel. 516-944-8803
Specialties: 19th- and 20th-century New York City immigration, Irish a Specialties.
Services: Research in censuses, vital records, cemeteries, probates, deeds, directories, newspapers, ship passenger lists, naturalizations, Emigrant Savings Bank records, Irish records if available, etc. Cemetery and residential photography.

Laura H. Congleton
35 Pierrepont Street, #1C
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3359
Tel: 718-625-3535
Specialties: Research in New York State and New England, Civil War, lineage society applications.
Services: Family research, problem solving, consultations, orientation and guidance for visitors to New York City repositories.

Leslie Corn, CG
501 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128
tel. 212-535-3581
Speciality: New York City genealogical research, due diligence, missing heirs, probate, judgments, incorporations, property records.
Services: Comprehensive family research, locating ancestors and living relatives, proving heirship, expert testimony, consulting, lecturing, writing. FGBS.

Nancy Johnsen Curran
The Continuum
1868 Eastern Parkway
Schenectady, NY 12309
tel. 518-393-5905, 518-366-6572
Specialties: Research and photography in the capital region of New York State, including Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Montgomery, Schoharie, Delaware counties. Research in New York State vital records indexes and holdings of New York State Library.
Services: Research and photography, individual coaching, presentations for novice researchers.

Isabel Cymerman
239 Southbury Road
Roxbury, CT 06783
tel. 860-350-9557
Specialties: New York City, Jewish, Eastern European, and probate research.
Services: Client Services.

Laura A. DeGrazia, CG
3345 Maplewood Drive North
Wantagh, NY 11793-3420
tel. 516-785-7685
Specialties: New York City and Long Island (federal period through 20th century), Irish-Americans in the New York City area.
Services: Compiled family histories, record searches, consultations.

June C. DeLalio, CG
7 Grayon Drive
Dix Hills, NY 11746
tel. 631-499-8433, fax: 631-499-5524
Specialties: Italian-American family history, immigration records, New York City 19th- and 20th-century research.
Services: Research and compilation of Italian-American family histories, record searches in New York City, document translations, assistance in obtaining dual citizenship for Italian Americans, consultations, lecturing.

Mary Ann DiNapoli
27 Douglass Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231-4716
Specialties: Brooklyn and Manhattan, 1850-1925.
Services: Research.

Daniel V. Donatacci
Fair Lawn, NJ / Waltham, MA
tel. 201-213-4367 (under construction)
Specialties: 19th century Italian research; trans-Atlantic immigration research in the early 20th and late 19th centuries; northeastern US in all time periods from colonial to present; dual citizenship applications, particularly Italian.
Services: Family and heir research; consultation; writing; teaching, including lectures, presentations, and classes on both general methodology and my specialty research areas. I offer general genealogical research services for projects that are well-articulated and clearly defined, and I take on dual citizenship application projects, particularly Italian. Education: Ph.D. (in progress at Brandeis University; English and comparative literature). MLIS, San Jose State University, concentration in archives and academic librarianship. Joint MA in Women's and Gender Studies & English and American Literature.  MFA and BA, both in creative writing (poetry). I am currently accepting a limited number of research clients due to locational constraints; it is easier at present for me to accommodate clients for teaching, speaking, and writing.

Larry S. Fermi
LeRoy Place Services
50 LeRoy Place
Red Bank, NJ 07701
tel. 732-345-7258, fax: 732-345-7258
Specialties: House history and Italian-American family history.
Services: House history research in central New Jersey, Italian-American family history research using U.S. and Italian records, record searches in New York and New Jersey, lecturing.

Alex E. Friedlander
53 Tidy Island Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34210
cell 718-693-7169
Specialties: Jewish genealogical research since 1977 (New York City, Lithuania, Poland).
Services: Researcher, instructor/teacher, lecturer/speaker. Ph.D.

Robert Friedman
60 Plaza Street East, Apt. 6N
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tel: 718-622-2692
Specialties: Jewish family history.
Services: Archives, library, cemetery, and online research; consultations; lectures and workshops; photography and scanning. Former Director, Center for Jewish History Genealogy Institute. M.S., Library and Information Science (Archives and Records Management Certificate).

James Garrity
51-30 69th Place
Woodside, NY 11377-7604
tel. 718-446-5756,
Specialties: 19th- and 20th-century New York, Mid-Atlantic, New York City.
Services: Research, photography.

Penny Hartzell
49 Woodbury Hill
Woodbury, CT 06798
tel. 203-263-5497, fax: 203-263-3821
Specialties: New York City, 18th-century Pennsylvania Germans, Litchfield County, CT.
Services: Researching and compiling family genealogies.

Maria (Ree) Pratt Hopper, CG
81 Magnolia Avenue
Montvale, NJ 07645
tel. 201-391-7386
Specialties: Research and compiled family histories of families, particularly ones with Dutch ancestry in northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Morris, and Hudson counties) and southern New York (Rockland, Westchester, and Orange counties). Compiler of The Hopper Family Genealogy; Descendants of Andries Willemszen Hoppe(n) of New Amsterdam 1651-1658; First Six Generations.
Services: Probate and legal research, genealogical research, lecturing.

Arlene V. Jennings, CG
306 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel. 718-237-3151
Specialties: New England, New York, and Pennsylvania migrations to the Midwest; Yorkshire; Ireland
Services: Not currently accepting clients

Harlan R. Jessup
25 Taunton Ridge
Newtown, CT 06470
tel. 203-270-7887
Specialties: Connecticut and nearby Hudson Valley and western Massachusetts, all periods, colonial to 20th century.
Services: Research, compiled family histories.

Melissa Johnson, CG
Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC
PO Box 4312
Middletown, NJ 07748
tel: 732-365-2680
fax: 866-525-9606
Specialties: New Jersey and New York City and British genealogy research; Catholic research; family history publishing; descendant tracing. Services:Professional researcher for 15 years - genealogical research, publishing, writing, editing and lecturing.

Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FASG
501 East 87th Street, #6-H
New York, New York 10128-7611
tel. 845-565-8630, 646-216-9841; fax: 845-565-0467
Specialties: New York, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.
Services: Researching, compiling, and editing of family genealogies, consultations, lecturing, due diligence, probate, court testimony. FUGA, FGBS.

Claire E. Keenan
Bloodlines Genealogical Research Services
327 Harding Avenue
Milmont Park, PA 19033-3113
tel. 609-933-6000
Specialties: 19th and 20th century New York, Philadelphia, and Trenton; expertise in Irish and Irish-American genealogy; experienced in English and German research.
Services: Family research, record searching, consultation and problem solving; onsite research in Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, and local), Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., and other locations. J.D.

Joan Koster-Morales
92-18 173rd Street
Jamaica, NY 11433
tel. 917-273-7968
Specialties: New York City German-Americans.
Services: Researcher, instructor, lecturer.

Joan Manierre Lowry
417 Chain O' Hills Road
Colonia, NJ 07067
cell 201-306-0598, fax 732-381-0794
Specialties: Northern New Jersey genealogical and historical research.
Services: 20th-century research, urban research, family research, and record searching.

Anita A. Lustenberger, CG
86 Fargo Lane
Irvington, NY 10533-1202
tel. 914-591-6081, fax: 914-591-7614
Specialties: Hudson Valley.
Services: Record searching, problem solving.

Antonia Cottrell Martin
55 West 68th Street
New York, New York 10023
tel. 212-799-0322; 917-597-3545; 831-637-3291
Specialties: Extensive research in migrations of African Americans from the Caribbean and southern to northern United States. Locating missing family members.
Services: General genealogical research, archival and public records research, problem solving, consulting, qualified expert witness New York State.

Rhoda Miller, CG
P.O. Box 58
Babylon NY, 11702
tel. 631-661-6340
Specialties: Jewish research, immigration, Long Island.
Services: Record searching, cemetery visits and gravestone photos, lectures and workshops.

Gary Mokotoff
155 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
tel. 201-387-7200, fax: 201-387-2855
Specialties: Jewish and Eastern European genealogy
Services: Publishing, lectures, consulting.

Kate Myslinski, M.A.
245 West 75th Street, Apt. 1G
New York, NY 10023
tel. 212-600-1096; cell 917-716-1575; fax 646-202-2946
Specialties: Writing and editing family history books; Colonial Jewish research; adding historical and social context to family history narratives
Services: research in New York City, Mid-Atlantic Region; writing, editing, and publication planning for family history books; development of family genealogy and historical websites; technology consulting for genealogists.

Eileen Polakoff
240 West End Avenue, 15A
New York, NY 10023
tel. 212-787-4371, fax: 201-387-2855
Specialties: Jewish genealogy, New York City, all USA, Eastern Europe.
Services: Comprehensive family research, family research histories, record searching, consultations, problem solving.

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Rafford
Northeast Professional Genealogy
57 Clear View Knoll
Middlebury, CT 06762
tel. 203-758-9798, Cell: 203-206-4717; Toll-free 1-877-My Roots (697-6687), fax: 203-758-9798 (call before faxing)
Specialties: All Connecticut, with limited Massachusetts and southeastern New York research. Thirty-two years of experience.
Services: Large or small projects, complete family genealogies, teaching, lecturing. Thorough, professional, timely reporting. Discounts for colleagues.

Anne Rodda, MA, CG
P.O. Box 1243
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Specialties: Tracing immigrant ancestry, all European countries, in U.S. and foreign records. Irish in NYC and other communities. Trace immigrants from Port of Entry to descendants around the U.S.
Services: Research in New York City and northeastern states. Research in Ireland, spring and fall. Other EU countries also. Special interests: Irish, Scandinavian and German immigrants. M.A.

Barbara Sontz
670 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Tel: 212-873-7347
Specialties: Jewish and Eastern European research, New York City research.
Services: Family research, compiled family histories, Polish and Russian vital record translations. Coaching services for beginners.

Renée Stern Steinig
37 Westcliff Drive
Dix Hills, NY 11746-5627
Tel. 631-549-9532, fax: 631-673-0587
Specialties: New York City and Long Island, locating lost relatives, library and online searches, Jewish research.
Services: Consultations (research planning and guidance, problem solving), record and database searches, cemetery visits (Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester counties).

Susan Stone
61 Barnes Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Tel: 203-569-5815
Specialties: New York City, all U.S., Jewish and Eastern European genealogy, vital records,
Services: Comprehensive family research, due diligence, probate, missing heirs.

Laurie Thompson
490 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Tel. (day): 212-724-1817, fax: 212-787-6449
Specialties: 20th and 21st centuries, missing heirs, due diligence, probate, deeds; New York, New York City, New Jersey.
Services: Full-time professional research for over 25 years working with attorneys, banks, and estate matters.

Peter van der Heijden
24 Copper Beech Circle
White Plains, NY 10605
tel. 914-289-0080
Specialties: General genealogical, historical, and Jewish research, due diligence and probate research in Westchester, New York City, and the Netherlands.
Services: Translation (Dutch, German, French), webmaster (APG webmaster 1998-2004), paleography (New Netherlands documents), problem solving.

George J. Weinmann
Weinmann's Genealogical Service
55 Jewell Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222-3507
Specialties: Missing heirs, New York City naturalizations, vital records, city directories, land records, military, cemeteries, federal and state censuses, newspapers, probate.
Services: Full time professional genealogist. Genealogist for over twenty years. Formed Weinmann's Genealogical Service in 1997.

Stephen Yautz
SMY Historical Services
348 Somerset Street, Suite 15
Stirling, NJ 07980
tel. 908-626-0841
Specialties: Northern and Central New Jersey, New York City.
Services: New Jersey and New York City genealogical and historical research, Colonial era-20th century. Lectures, instruction, archives management.

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