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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor works as a Research Consultant in the United States and Canada Unit at the Family History Library (FHL). Beth was first introduced to genealogy by her mother, who liked to take side trips to cemeteries on family trips. Beth has a BA of History from Brigham Young University,2005, with a minor in sociology, where she took several genealogy related courses. Beth joined the Family History Department in August 2005 and the Family History Library in February 2006. Beth is currently pursuing credentials through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Beth loves teaching patron classes and enjoys the challenges of helping patrons at the Family History Library search for and find their ancestors.


  • U.S. Midwest
  • Southern California
  • Quakers
  • Probate
  • Technology


Beth has taught more than 150 classes to the patrons, employees, and missionaries of the Family History Library on a variety of topics including:

  • Midwest Treasures
  • Using Will Records
  • Organizing Genealogy Computer Files
  • 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"


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 ASL in college and has improved her language skills by answering questions from deaf patrons, helping the deaf volunteers with technical issues, and set up and worked the FamilySearch booth at several deaf events including the Deaflympics (2007), Genealogy Conference for the Deaf (2006), and the local Deaf Bazaar (2006-2009).

Current/Past Wiki Projects