Member Directory

Kate is a graduate of Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate program. She is also currently studying at the University of Toronto, working towards a Genealogical Research Certificate in American Records. Furthermore, she holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New England, and a Masters Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. She is excited to share her knowledge and help fellow researchers discover their family roots. Kate is also a Titanic Historian and is fascinated by Maritime History. Areas of expertise: Ireland, French Canada, and New England.

Jared Nathan has a B.S. in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College. Before joining NEHGS, he has worked at Schering-Plough Research Institute, Merck Research Laboratories, and Forest Research Institute; he is currently employed in the biotechnology industry. Jared is an active member in the lineage society community, where he is member of 87 organizations, and holds several board positions. He has published articles in a variety of journals. Areas of Expertise: Lineage societies, pre-colonial/colonial New England, English immigrant origins, medieval ancestry.

Christopher Lewis joined NEHGS in 2022 and is part of the Research and Library Services team. Previously, Chris worked at the State Library of Massachusetts, Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has his masters from Simmons College in Library and Information Science, with a concentration on Archives Management. At NEHGS, he will process archival materials and assist with digitization of family papers in his role as Research Services Archivist.

Peggy Polydoros earned a B.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations and English (with minors in Anthropology, History, and Museums & Cultural Heritage) from Rice University. Peggy’s genealogical experience includes formal training in historical research methods and extensive involvement in Greek American institutions. She combines her interests in history and writing to piece together and provide context for family narratives across time and space. Areas of Expertise: Greek ancestry, Greek American organizations, history of the Mediterranean, Orthodox Christianity, early 20th century immigration, and archaeology

Kim is a recent graduate of the University of Stirling, having achieved her BA Hons in History. She is working virtually as an intern with American Ancestors/NEHGS over the course of the summer as part of the Saltire Scholarship Programme. Kim was particularly driven to NEHGS through her love of history, biology, and art, as well as a budding hobby for family history which she is now nurturing. In her spare time, Kim enjoys creative writing and making art, which she channelled into student life throughout her years at university as a committee member of the Creative Writing Society, supporting them in publishing two anthologies of student work.

Isabella graduated from Merrimack College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to graduation, she was a recipient of the Finding Anne Bradstreet Fellowship. In the years since, Isabella has worked with various museums, historical organizations, libraries, publications, and media companies throughout New England and beyond. Alongside her work as a researcher, Isabella is also a fiction writer, poet, photographer, and media content creator. Areas of Expertise: New England, witchcraft & witch trials, the American Revolution, maritime history, piracy & privateering, house histories, material culture, literary history, and social history.

Zobeida Chaffee-Valdes graduated from Carleton College in 2019 with a B.A. in History. In 2023, she earned an M.A. in Public History, with a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, all from Northeastern University. Before joining NEHGS, Zobeida interned with the National Park Service, and worked for Northeastern University's Archives and Special Collections, Women Writers Online, and the Essex National Heritage Commission. Areas of Expertise: Archival work with physical and digital collections, Black Activism and Histories of Essex County, local Abolitionist movements, Archaeology, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Jack Palmer graduated from Duke University with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Psychology in May 2023. At Duke, he wrote a senior honors thesis entitled, “A Century Apart: Ship Captains Recording the British Atlantic Slave Trade (1690s –1790s),” focusing on British involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade primarily during the 18th century under advisor Dr. David Barry Gaspar. He has been researching his family’s genealogy since he was ten and publishes biweekly articles in his genealogy-oriented newsletter, “Genealogy Jack," at