Research Specializations

New York and New England

Holly lives in Columbia County, New York and specializes in ancestry research of families in Eastern New York and New England. If you have ancestors in Columbia County, you are welcome to join the Facebook Columbia County Genealogy Group she manages!

She conducts both online and repository research, with a focus on eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century genealogy collections.

Her New York genealogy project portfolio includes research in Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Rensselaer, Albany, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

Holly’s New England research has involved various counties in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire with a particular focus on areas in the western part of the region.

Research in Other Parts of the United States

Because families migrated from New England, through New York and further westward, Holly also has experience searching Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western and Western United States genealogy records. Her projects have included research in:

IowaNew Jersey

U.S. Research Network

To broaden her reach of the United States genealogy collections you cannot find online, Holly is developing her own database of repositories and continues to expand her network of genealogists, librarians and archivists throughout the country.

Research Strategy

Utilizing the Internet

Holly’s online research makes use of record databases, digital publications, and genealogy networks to get the most out of the documentation and information available on the internet. Her memberships in various genealogy organizations and subscription services allow her to search a multitude of collections which may not be available for general public access.

Repository Research

Through various New York State repositories in her area, Holly can research records on the town, county and state level, which are not available online. She lives in close proximity to the New York State Library as well as the Albany branch of the Family History Library (the largest genealogical library in the world). As an archivist and a genealogist, she has extensive familiarity researching in libraries, archives and courthouses.

Types of Records

  • The records Holly utilizes cover a wide range of research collections:
    • Vital records (birth, marriage & death)
    • Census records
    • Church records
    • Newspapers
    • Immigration and naturalization records
    • Military records
    • Land records
    • Probate Records
    • Published county histories and family genealogies

Learn More

Review Holly’s Genealogy Research Services page to learn more about how she uses her research specializations in practice.

Do you need research assistance finding ancestors from your family tree? Holly may be able to help! Click on the button below to submit your family history question.