D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing and Lead Genealogist for findmypast.com. A nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher, he is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, including the annual conferences of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, 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. He recently 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.
Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and 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.