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 primarily in metropolitan New York, but also upstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.
The New York Metro Chapter of APG meets mid month, ten months a year, with a summer break in July and August. Meetings are held at the NYG&B offices located at 36 West 44th Street, New York, New York, 7th floor. Meeting topics have included new resources and databases for research; the latest in ethnic research; DNA and genetic genealogy; the ever expanding role of technology in genealogical research, data collection and client reporting; "how-to" topics covering new software; copyright and protecting genealogical work; newly-published genealogical publications; subscriber databases and free online resources; website-building for clients; local, state, and regional repositories, and local and national genealogical conferences.
Would you like more information about the APG's New York Metro Chapter? Would you like to attend a monthly meeting? Terry Koch-Bostic manages the APG-NY Chapter and would be happy to answer your questions or update you on the next chapter meeting.
APG-NY Chapter Representative
Genealogists listed in this directory are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the New York Metro Chapter of APG. Most 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 professional genealogist, please contact him/her directly. Contact them by phone or briefly describe your research needs in an e-mail or letter (e-mail is preferred). 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.
CG: Certified Genealogist
CGL: Certified Genealogical Lecturer
FASG: Fellow, American Society of Genealogists
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
FGBS: Fellow, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
FUGA: Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
FNGS: Fellow, National Genealogical Society
321 W. 24th Street, Suite 21J
New York, NY 10011-1502
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
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.
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.
333 W. 39th Street - Suite #800
New York, NY 10018
Specialties: Italian and Sicilian research, Manhattan, Queens, northern New Jersey (Paterson/Passaic areas), immigration, naturalization.
Services: Speaker/Lecturer (contact for available topics), Research and analysis, Archival digitization consultations and services, record searching/pulling at NY and NJ repositories
Michelle L. Chubenko
149 Tyler Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008-1725
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
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.
37 Essex Court
Port Washington NY 11050-4222
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
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
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
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.
Laura A. DeGrazia, CG
3345 Maplewood Drive North
Wantagh, NY 11793-3420
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.
Mary Ann DiNapoli
27 Douglass Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231-4716
Specialties: Brooklyn and Manhattan, 1850-1925.
Avrum D. Geller
2 Charlton St Apt 5DE
New York, NY 10014-4917
Specialties: Researching American families & their European origins, Jewish genealogy, New York Metropolitan area and Middle Atlantic states genealogical research.
Services: Family history research, emigration and naturalization, forensic genealogy, tracing family members, archival and court research, locating published and unpublished resources, creating family history keepsake presentations, speaking on genealogy topics.
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
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.
Melissa Johnson, CG
Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC
PO Box 4312
Middletown, NJ 07748
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.
92-18 173rd Street
Jamaica, NY 11433
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.
Rhoda Miller, CG
P.O. Box 58
Babylon NY, 11702
Specialties: Jewish research, immigration, Long Island.
Services: Record searching, cemetery visits and gravestone photos, lectures and workshops.
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.
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.
We Go Way Back LLC
New York, NY 10025
Specialties: New York City's five boroughs, Westchester County, and Putnam County from the 18th-20th century, with emphasis on Manhattan pre-1850. Past projects include Jewish, German, African-American, Catholic, and Protestant research.
Services: Genealogy research, problem-solving, record retrievals, cemetery photography, and transcription services for private clients, professionals (genealogists, private investigators, and historians), and institutions.
670 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025
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).
61 Barnes Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Specialties: New York City, all U.S., Jewish and Eastern European genealogy, vital records,
Services: Comprehensive family research, due diligence, probate, missing heirs.
Peter van der Heijden
24 Copper Beech Circle
White Plains, NY 10605
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.
Jane E. Wilcox, M.S.J.
P.O. Box 5731
Albany, NY 12205
Specialties: Colonial and early federal New York (Hudson and Mohawk valleys) and area (VT, MA, CT and NJ), NY State Archives and Library, manuscripts and local collections, DNA, brickwalls.
Services: Family history research and problem-solving consultations, lineage application rejections and missing pieces, working with clients on-site, lectures, writing.