D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He is also the immediate past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society.

The former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American AncestorsUGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and other publications. In 2013 he authored “The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut,” a study of a family’s immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine. He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Bringing the Past to Life
Friday, 31 March 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
(F01) Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830. Have you lost an ancestor between 1780 and 1830? Often connecting our ancestors to colonists can be quite a task, learn how to employ probate, land, census, tax, and other compiled records to help bridge the gap.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
(F02) New Tools and Ideas in Research. The field of genealogy is constantly changing and evolving.  Each day new techniques, resources, and tools are developed to assist in the quest for one’s ancestors. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos); newly discovered resources for genealogical research, and more.
4:30-5:30 p.m.
(F03) Workshop - Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid. Dive deeply into Archive Grid and make the most out of the nation’s leading online catalogs of archival materials. Learn keyword searching techniques, how to read and understand results, and other techniques. Note: a laptop will be necessary for this workshop. There will be a maximum of 50 attendees for this workshop.
 
Workshop
Saturday, 1 April 2017
9:00-11:30 a.m.
(S01) Online Resources for Colonial America. Discover websites, online databases, university projects, online archives, and other resources for researching your Colonial American ancestors online. Learn how to use Early American Imprints, JSTOR, and other resources. Note: a laptop will be necessary for this workshop. There will be a maximum of 50 attendees for this workshop.