New Jersey Professional Genealogists, 2018

GSNJ maintains a list of New Jersey professional researchers who can provide individualized research or record lookups. This list is provided by GSNJ as a public service. Researchers are listed in alphabetical order and are GSNJ members in good standing. 

Please contact the researchers directly for references, fees, conditions, and availability. Before you hire a professional genealogist, we recommend that you check his or her references. As with any genealogical inquiry, we suggest you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if sending a request by mail.

Post-Nominals: JD = Juris Doctor (graduate-level degree conferred by a law school); CG = Certified Genealogist, CGL = Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CG and CGL are certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, Washington DC,

Note: The information shown, including specialties, was supplied by the researchers and not verified by the Society. The Society neither recommends nor guarantees the quality of the researchers listed here. Inclusion on GSNJ’s list does not imply endorsement of an individual’s services. As such, the Society disclaims responsibility for the conduct of the researchers. Updated 9/2018.

Tom Ankner

109 Hamilton St., Unit 109, Newark, NJ 07105

Phone: 973-752-6533


Specialties: Genealogical, historical, and legal research in northern New Jersey, New York City, and the New Jersey State Archives

Lorraine Arnold, Legacy Roots, LLC

65 Middlesex Road, Matawan, NJ 07747-3030

Phone: 732-620-1096



Specialties: New Jersey, New York, and England genealogy research (colonial through early 20th century, brick walls, probate, wills and estates, land records, family businesses); house history research (US and Europe); speaker (The Ancestral Story Beyond the Documents; how to research the history of a house; researching family businesses)

Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik

40 Morningside Circle, Little Falls, NJ 07424


Specialties: New Jersey and New York City research; Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Carpatho-Rusyn research

Harry and Gail Benson, Benson Genealogy

P.O. Box 468, Richland, NJ 08350

Phone: 856-692-5227


Joan E. Betancourt, DiscoverURhistory

10 Lincoln Place, Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: 732-409-2418


Specialties: New Jersey, New York City, and eastern Pennsylvania research; family histories, record retrieval; New Jersey State Archives, New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey County courthouses, libraries, archives, and historical societies; vital records, land, probate, newspapers; German, Irish, and Puerto Rico research

Ann H. Boldt

20 Deacon Dr., Trenton, NJ 08619-1338


Specialties: Vital records; wills; obituaries; federal and state censuses; city directories; land records; military records; genealogies and family histories

Restrictions: New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library

Debbie Hadley

576 Leesville Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527



Specialties: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; family history, immigration, and family business research; record retrievals from New Jersey State Archives and other central New Jersey repositories

Melissa Johnson, CG, Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC

P.O. Box 4312, Middletown, NJ 07748

Phone: 732-365-2680



Specialties: New Jersey, New York, New York City, Pennsylvania, and British genealogy research; forensic genealogy; genetic genealogy; family history writing, editing, and publishing; genealogical lecturing

Claire Keenan, JD, Bloodlines Genealogical Research Services

327 Harding Ave., Milmont Park, PA 19033-3113


Specialties: Irish, Irish-American, and American 19th and 20th century research; Trenton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and New York City, NY, depositories

Joan Manierre Lowry, New Jersey Heirs and Ancestors, LLC

417 Chain O’ Hills Rd., Colonia, NJ 07067

Phone: 201-306-0598


Specialties: Probate and legal research; genealogical and historical research, 1850 to the present in northern New Jersey cities and counties; New Jersey State Archives and New Jersey State Library. In business since 1984.

Richard J. Macon

P.O. Box 996, Bayonne, NJ 07002

Phone: 201-320-1927


Suzanne Nurnberg

395 W. Park Dr., Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Phone: 856-451-2848



Specialties: All facets of genealogical research involving southern New Jersey; general 20th and 21st century research, especially for legal purposes; New Jersey State Archives and New Jersey State Library; cemetery and gravesite photography

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

593 E. Woodbridge Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001

Phone: 732-707-7118



Specialties: Genealogical speaker; topics include using court and legal records in family history, DNA testing for genealogy, and more

Fred Sisser III

95 Greenbriar Blvd., Brick, NJ 08724

Phone: 732-458-7930


Specialties: Professional genealogist since 1986; Colonial period, central, and northern New Jersey counties, especially Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset Counties, NJ; Dutch and German ancestry

Mark AJ Szep, DiscoverURhistory

Bloomfield, NJ



Specialties: Essex County, New Jersey, New York, New York City research; German, Polish, Irish, Czech/Slovak; deeds, probate, and house history

Frances W. Waite

90 Locust Trail, Newville PA 17241

Phone: 717-776-8432


Specialties: Problem solving and analysis of genealogical puzzles in the southeastern areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond

Catherine “Casey” Zahn

19 Dublin Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: 609-273-8064


Specialties: Genealogical speaker, topics include beginning research, web sites, census, newspapers, immigration, and children