Sunday, October 25, 2009

NEGHS: Key positions filled

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following is just in from our friends at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries as listed below:


Boston, MA, October 22, 2009 - The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff positions:

Ryan J. Woods was promoted to a newly created position, Director of the Web site, where he'll lead the Society's strategic work in its online presence, including content, features, resources, and performance. Home to more than 110 million names in 2,400 databases, the award-winning site is currently undergoing a major rebuild, with an expected launch sometime in the first half of 2010. Ryan can be reached at

D. Joshua Taylor is the new Director of Education and Programs at NEHGS, responsible for planning and overseeing more than 120 lectures, tours, programs, and other talks throughout the year. Josh joined NEHGS in 2006, and is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and researcher. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. You can reach Josh at

Rhonda R. McClure will take over as the new Director of Research Services at NEHGS. Her 20 years of experience give her a well-rounded background in all aspects of family history. She has compiled more than 120 celebrity family trees, and was a contributing writer to several national publications, including The History Channel Magazine. In addition to numerous articles and papers, she is author of eleven books, including the award-winning, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, as well as Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. Rhonda can be reached at

D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, said, "We're very excited to fill these important roles with our existing staff. NEHGS is in the midst of great success and growth, and being able to promote from within the organization speaks well to the entire staff at NEHGS."

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's oldest and largest non-profit genealogical organization. NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials that help make accessible the histories of families in America. The NEHGS research center, located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, one of the most respected genealogical libraries in the field, is home to millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. The award-winning web site offers access to more than 110 million names in 2,400 searchable databases. NEHGS has more than 23,000 members nationally. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early New England and American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, and Jewish genealogy.

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