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Beth Taylor works as a Research Consultant in the United States and Canada Unit at the Family History Library (FHL).
Beth's interest in genealogy comes from a fascination with family stories. As a child, Beth liked to listen to the stories recounted by her mother when relatives came to visit. Beth started dabbling in genealogy at the age of fourteen. When she entered college, she took several college courses on genealogy related topics. Beth has a BA of History from Brigham Young University, 2005, with a minor in sociology. Beth joined the Family History Department in August 2005 and the Family History Library (FHL) in February 2006. Beth is currently pursuing credentials through ICAPGen. Beth is very passionate about teaching classes on genealogy topics and enjoys the challenges of helping patrons at the FHL search for and find their ancestors.
Certified Genealogist (CG), Board for the Certification of Genealogy, 2010
BA History, Brigham Young University, 2005
- U.S. Midwest
- Southern California
- U.S. Probate Records
- U.S. Land Records
Beth has taught more than 150 classes to the patrons, employees, and missionaries of the FHL on a variety of topics including:
- Basic U.S. Land Records
- Midwest Treasures
- Using Will Records
- U.S. Vital Records
- U.S. Immigration
- Organizing Your Genealogy
- Organizing Genealogy Computer Files
- FamilySearch.org Basics
- Using the Family History Library Catalog
- Personal Ancestral File
- Using USB and U3 Flash drives
Beth has presented at the following conferences:
- BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference, 2007; presented "Organizing Genealogy Computer Files"
- Family History Expo, Pleasanton, California, Oct 2010; presented "Census Techniques and Tips for Finding Elusive Ancestors" and "U.S. Vital Records Overview"
- Family History Expo, Loveland, Colorado, Jun 2011; presented "The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses, and the Wretched Refuse: U.S. Immigration from 1820-1954," "The Bred, the Wed, and the Dead: U.S. Vital Records Overview," and "Census Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors"
Beth currently belongs to or has belonged to the following societies:
- Utah Library Association (ULA); Member & Recording Secretary, 2007-2008
- National Genealogical Society (NGS); 2009-present
Working with the Deaf
Beth actively supports the deaf volunteers at the FHL. She took four semesters of American Sign Language (ASL) in college and has improved her language skills by answering questions from deaf patrons, helping the deaf volunteers with technical issues, and setting up and working at the FamilySearch booth at several deaf events including the Deaflympics (2007) and the local Deaf Bazaar (2006-2009).
Current/Past Wiki Projects
- Illinois (current)
- South Carolina (Jan-May2011)
- Tennessee (Jun-Aug 2010)
- Warren County, Ohio (Mar-Jun 2010)
- U.S. Vital Records (2009)