In 1995, at a young age, Joshua discovered his passion for genealogical and historical research. Now, more than 15 years later, he devotes much of his time to promoting and exploring the convergence of history and genealogy through his activities as a research, speaker, and author.
Born in Logan, Utah, Joshua currently resides in Venice, California and is the Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manger – North America for findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid online publishing). His travels and research have taken him to repositories throughout the world including the Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the Society of Genealogists (London, England), Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (Montreal, Quebec), and the National Library of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland). In addition, Joshua is active in the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national events throughout the country and the United Kingdom. He previously worked as the Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation’s oldest genealogical organization (founded in 1845).
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creators of findmypast.com, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. A frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, his previous speaking engagements include the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conferences, the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and RootsTech. He has authored articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, and was a columnist for Digital Genealogist.
Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Joshua is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
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. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe.