Jen Grinnell, M.A.

ProGen Member Overview

For the past 25 years I've researched my own New England, Nova Scotian, Irish and Scottish roots, along with those of clients, family, and friends. I enjoy learning new regions, including, Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri. I have a bachelors and masters degree in medieval and early modern European history, with a special emphasis on Celtic and English social and cultural history. I worked for an art museum for several years editing academic catalogs and curating exhibits. I enjoy working with diverse record sets and using historical context to inform my research methodologies.


Select Seminars and Courses
GSBC Spring Seminar: Intermediate DNA: A Four-Lecture Program with Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist®
Seminar, 2 days: Summer Seminar 2021 with Tom Jones: Write It Up! (Dallas Genealogical Society)
Study Group, 8 Weeks: Mastering Genealogical Documentation Study Group led by Cari Tarpin
Course, 5-week: History for Genealogists through American Ancestors
Course, 4-week: The England of the 17th Century by Else Churchill
Course, 5-week: Level Up Writing for Discovery with Kimberly Powell

UGA Summit of Excellence 2021
Roots Tech 2021

2023 SLIG Academy: Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy
2023 SLIG Virtual: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
2022 GRIP: Irish Genealogical Research, Part II

2022 ProGen 59 (December)
2022 GenProof 74 (November)
2020 Certificate-holder, Boston University, Genealogical Research (OL34)

University Degrees
1994 M.A. Early Modern Europe, Boston College
1989 B.A. History, Boston College


I'm a professional genealogist and researcher with a master’s degree in history from Boston College. I use genealogical and historical methodologies to collect, interpret, and report information for academic and private client projects, typically in the New England region, Nova Scotia, the Scottish Highlands, and Ireland. My mission is to help individuals discover, preserve, and share their unique family stories and heritage in a personally meaningful and historically accurate way.

Publications & BLOGs

Grinnell, Jennifer and Alston Conley, Eds. Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Contemporary Irish Women Artists. Chestnut Hill, MA: The McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 1997.