“New England Research: Has It All Been Done?”
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
23 January–30 January 2016
When encountering New England roots, many find a rich treasure of previous research, compiled materials, and records dating back to the early 1600s. Yet, within the branches of our New England roots exist assumptions, errors, missing individuals, and incomplete information. Starting with the colonial period and moving to the 1850s, “New England: Has it All Been Done?” will take an in-depth look at New England research, sharing key resources and exploring underused sources.
Sessions will provide a deeper historical and social context for New England research, provide specific tools for key New England states, and provide an overview of the research process through a variety of examples and case studies. Explorations of important repositories and online resources will provide participants with a further insight of the vast amount of records available for New England research not often explored by the casual researcher. Through the assignment, attendees will work to understand the social and historical context behind New England’s settlements—combing the essential tools of historical study and genealogical methodologies.
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS 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 active in the genealogical community and the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). 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 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? and at the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.
- “New England Catch-up: Sources, Publications, and Historical Context”
- “Key Sources and Important Tools: Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island”
- “Key Sources and Important Tools: Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine”
- “Neither Online Nor on Film: New England Sources You Are Missing”