Work Experience

Kimmitt Genealogical Research (1998-2023) Retired
Owner and chief genealogist, taking on a variety of cases, especially brick wall problems in areas of immigration, and early Colonial ancestry.

US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch (2015-2022)
I worked under contract on repatriation cases to locate family members of servicemen killed in previous conflicts for the purposes of determining legal next of kin and finding family members eligible to donate DNA to aid in identification of remains.

SNA International (2013-2015)
MIA repatriation case worker under contract with US Army

American History Company (2010-2013)
MIA repatriation case worker under contract with US Army

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Consulting Genealogist, Salt Lake City Tour, 2010

Council for Advancement of Forensic Genealogy
Level III Member

Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
Board-certified associate since January of 2009. Renewed in 2014 and 2019. License n. 987.

  • "A Family for Nathan Colby of Haverhill, Massachusetts, ca. 1807-1853," in the Advanced Evidence Practicum at SLIG 2017
  • "Education, Credentialing and Hanging Out Your Shingle," panel discussion at NEHGS, 14 November, 2015
  • Until They Are Home: Genealogists in Service of Country
  • Finding Primary Information on the Web
  • History of the Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Certificates of Course Completion

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed)
Gen-Fed Virtual Program, 2021

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
In-Depth African-American Genealogy, 2021
Forensic Fundamentals, 2021 (SLIG Academy)
Early American Church Records, 2020
Metes and Bounds, 2019
Family History Law Library, 2017
Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, 2016
Researching New York: Resources and Strategies, 2014

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
Irish Genealogical Research III, 2022
Answering the Call of Uncle Sam: Research in Military Records, GRIP I, 2021
Irish Genealogical Research II, GRIP I, 2018
Mastering Documentation, GRIP on the Road, Amherst, NY, 2018
Advanced Genetic Genealogy, GRIP II, 2017
Resources and Strategies for Researching Your Italian Ancestors, GRIP II, 2016

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents, 2017

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) 
Virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC), 2019, 2015
PMC, Salt Lake City, 2014

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG)
Advanced Forensic Evidence Analysis, 2014
Forensic Genealogy Institute, 2013

New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Heraldry for Genealogists, 2021
17th Century English Research, 2020
Puritan Pedigrees, 2014

Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, 2012
Professional Genealogy, 2007

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Volunteer Genealogist Training Program
Certificate of Attendance, 29 October 2008

National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR)
Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 2021
Federal Records, 2006

NGS Basic Course in American Studies
Certificate of Completion, 1999

The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) and the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI)
Award for designing conference logo, 2018

General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Certificate of Commendation and Appreciation, for updating publications and social media of the Massachusetts Society, 2017

Federation of Genealogical Societies
Certificate of Appreciation, for dedication to the "Journey Through Generations" national conference in Fort Wayne, IN, 2013

Federation of Genealogical Societies
Award of Merit for volunteer services at "Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers" national conference, Birmingham, AL, 2012

Association of Professional Genealogists
Certificate of Appreciation for leadership of the New England chapter, (NEAPG), "Golden Chapter," 2010

Morgan, George, and Drew Smith. Genealogy Connection, no. 39, "Polly Kimmitt, Researcher." Podcast, conducted 5 January 2018 by Drew Smith.

Leclerc, Michael. “Polly Kimmitt Interview.” Mocavo Fireside Chat, 26 June 2013. Web interview about my US Army repatriation work and the mission of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council to keep civil records open to the public.

King, Roberta. “Massachusetts Family and Work.” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, 33 (December 2011): 220-222.

Murphy, Claire O’Connor. “On the Job: Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, Certified Genealogist, Kimmitt Genealogical Research.” Worcester [Massachusetts] Telegram & Gazette, 25 April 2011, Money section, A10.

Conferences and Seminars
Massachusetts Genealogical Council
Celtic Connections (TIARA and IGSI)
New England Genealogical Research Consortium (NERGC)
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)