2019 PGS Seminar Information



23 February 2019 Annual
 Seminar



D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of genealogy, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. He also served the genealogical community as the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) from 2013-2016 and has been a member of the FGS Board of Directors since 2007. Joshua 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. In 2017, Joshua was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers.

The former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American Ancestors, UGA 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 a 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. Joshua can also be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Here are Joshua's presentation topics:

Essential Technology for Genealogists
Genealogists do not necessarily need to be on the “edge’ of technology; however, they should be aware of new technologies that can further their research efforts. Come see the list of technology every genealogist should own.

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.

The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every ResearcherWhile we would all like to devote more hours to family history, there simply are not enough hours in most days to do so. Learn time-saving techniques to make the most of every minute (or hour) you are researching.

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.


More details on the seminar schedule, registration, and events to follow.

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