Hiring a Professional Genealogist

There are many good reasons to seek professional assistance in a family history research project. Some professionals have expert knowledge of a specific area where your ancestors might have lived, while others specialize in a specific topic (such as military research) that can be essential to your research.


Research services offered by the NYG&B

We're here to help! The NYG&B offers an expanding range of research services, including:

  • Personalized consultations
  • Research projects
  • Record retrieval
  • NYG&B collections at the New York Public Library

Visit our research services page to learn more about how we can help you.  


Additional professionals

In addition to these services, the NYG&B maintains a list of professional genealogists who are members of the NYG&B and Association of Professional Genealogists, and have agreed to have their names, credentials, areas of specialty, and contact information listed. 

Please note that included on the list are persons or organizations who advertise in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record or the New York Researcher. While we would not intentionally include anyone on the list who we know to be unqualified, hiring a consultant entails some risk connected to challenges of your research and the capabilities of the individual you hire. The NYG&B cannot guarantee the quality or timeliness of the work you will receive.  

After contacting a researcher, we recommend that you and the professional have a clear understanding, in writing, of what work will be undertaken, how it will be scheduled, whether there is an hourly or an all-inclusive charge for services, who is responsible for travel, photocopy, telephone calls, etc., the total estimated cost of each stage of the undertaking, and at what intervals the researcher will report to and bill you. 

Researchers Located in the United States (Listed Alphabetically)


Laura H. Congleton

Specializes in military history, lineage societies, NYC (especially Brooklyn), vital records, probate, land records, and naturalizations. Member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and available to speak at conferences and seminars.

35 Pierrepont Street, Apt. 1-C, Brooklyn, NY 11201-3359


email: [email protected]


Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS

Board-certified since 1998, Laura is the current editor of the NYG&B Record, author of the National Genealogical Society’s Research in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She specializes in historical research in the New York City area, including Long Island and Westchester County.

3345 Maplewood Drive North

Wantagh, New York 11793-3420

email: [email protected]


Aaron Goodwin

Expert in New York City research across all time periods, from the Dutch colonial era to the 20th century; author of New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians; former contributing editor to the NYG&B Record; former editor of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine; winner of the American Society of Genealogists' Scholar Award for 2011 and the National Genealogical Society's Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources, 2017.

40 West 88th Street, Apt. 3B, New York, NY 10024


email: [email protected]

website: aarongoodwin.nyc


Judith A. Herbert, CG

Specializes in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts from the colonial period to the early 20th century.  Judith is a member of the Editorial Board of The Record, the quarterly journal of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B).

PO Box 1004, Guilderland, NY 12084-1004

email: [email protected]



Melissa A. Johnson, CG (Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC)

Specializes in New York City and New Jersey genealogical research; genealogical writing, editing, and publishing; Irish and Italian dual citizenship; lineage society applications; and DNA adoption research.

PO Box 4312, Middletown, NJ 07748

Office: 732-365-2680

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.johnsongenealogyservices.com


Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FASG, FGBS

Specializes in New York and New York City research, due diligence, missing heirs, probate.

501 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128-7665

646- 216-9841
email: [email protected]

website: www.genealogicalforensics.com


Joan Koster-Morales

Specializes in German-Americans in New York City and institutional records.

PO Box 701, Windham, NY 12496-0701

email: [email protected]


Jane E. Wilcox (Forget-Me-Not Ancestry)

Member APG; B.A. history and English, M.S. journalism. Host of The Forget-Me-Not Hour radio show. Specializes in Hudson Valley from New York City and Long Island to Albany and beyond, and hard to crack cases from any time period. 

PO Box 5731, Albany, NY 12205;


email: [email protected]

website: www.4GetMeNotAncestry.com


Other Resources

You are also encouraged to visit the website of the Association of Professional Genealogists for a more exhaustive list searchable by region, area of specialty, and other dimensions. Note that membership in the APG is not in and of itself a credential, as membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field.

You may also wish to visit the roster of the credentialed genealogists from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)

Professional Acronyms

CG (Certified Genealogist): the researcher has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
FASG: Fellow of The American Society of Genealogists 
FGBS: Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
FSA Scot: Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

This list is reviewed annual by the Family History Advisory Commitee of the NYG&B. Please send corrections, deletions, and additions to [email protected]