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About APG-NY
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 in the 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 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.

Terry Koch-Bostic
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

Jordan Auslander
321 W. 24th Street, Suite 21J
New York, NY 10011-1502
tel. 212-691-9428
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
Mobile/text: 516-319-1659
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.

Debra Braverman
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 in new window)
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.

Michael Cassara
333 W. 39th Street - Suite #800
New York, NY 10018
tel. 917-426-7860 in new window)
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
tel. 732-969-2652 in new window)
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
tel. 718-797-2656
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.

Laura H. Congleton
35 Pierrepont Street, #1C
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3359
Tel: 718-625-3535
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
tel. 212-535-3581 in new window)
Specialties: 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.

Melissa Johnson, CG
Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC
PO Box 4312
Middletown, NJ 07748
tel: 732-365-2680
fax: 866-525-9606 in new window)
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 in new window)
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.

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
tel. 631-661-6340
Specialties: Jewish research, immigration, Long Island.
Services: Record searching, cemetery visits and gravestone photos, lectures and workshops.

Gary Mokotoff
155 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
tel. 201-387-7200, fax: 201-387-2855 in new window)
Specialties: Jewish and Eastern European genealogy
Services: Publishing, lectures, consulting.

Meryl Schumacker
We Go Way Back LLC
New York, NY 10025 in new window)
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.

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).

Susan Stone
61 Barnes Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Tel: 203-569-5815
Specialties: New York City, all U.S., Jewish and Eastern European genealogy, vital records, immigration.
Services: Comprehensive family research, due diligence, probate, missing heirs.

Jane E. Wilcox, M.S.J.
Forget-Me-Not Ancestry
P.O. Box 5731
Albany, NY 12205
tel. 845-430-9582 in new window)
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.